As the first anniversary of the Ferguson protests approaches, a group identifying itself as the hactivist collective Anonymous has issued a threat to members of the Ku Klux Klan:
In November of last year, Anonymous members launched Operation KKK, or #OpKKK, after a chapter of the KKK reportedly threatened to use “lethal force” against people protesting the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
At the time, the hacker collective vowed to wage a “cyber war” against the hate group, saying: “You messed with our family and now we will mess with yours.”
Within a couple of days of launching the #OpKKK campaign last year, Anonymous members claimed to have taken over the KKK’s main Twitter account and other websites associated with the group.
“We want the KKK gone, forever,” a person going by the username “SiX” told The Huffington Post last November in an Anonymous Internet Relay Chat about the operation. “Don’t worry, we know what we’re doing.”
In the aftermath of Anonymous’ cyber takedown, several members of the KKK reportedly left the group after having their identities exposed.