Anonymous releases alleged Ku Klux Klan list

Anonymous publishes list of 1,000 people claiming to be sympathisers of Ku Klux Klan on internet

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Protesters from the online activist group "Anonymous" wearing Guy Fawkes masks march in downtown Guatemala on November 5 2015

On Thursday, a group of activists known as Anonymous shared a list of 1,000 people allegedly have connections to the Ku Klux Klan that supports white supremacy, white nationalism and anti-immigration activities in the US.

The list was published on Pastebin website on Thursday after the group announced they obtained access to members of the white supremacist group's Twitter account.

The list was posted within the context of a campaign called “Operation KKK,” and was published by the its official Twitter account.

The group declared the list  of approximately 1,000 individuals names, however the names were quickly moved to further investigate.

In its statement, the group clarified "We hope Operation KKK will, in part, spark a bit of constructive dialogue about race, racism, racial terror and freedom of expression, across group lines. Public discourse about these topics can be honest, messy, snarky, offensive, humbling, infuriating, productive and serious all at once. The reality is that racism usually does NOT wear a hood but it does permeate our culture on every level."

The group said that the individual information was prepared and listed over a span of one year. Meanwhile, Anonymous claims that the KKK has 150 active cells working in 41 states, with membership intensify in the South and the Midwest.

Anonymous indicated that it had used human intelligence to gain the list. "This means that individuals on this list were often identified by human sources of information through both overt [interviewing expert sources] and covert [digital espionage/social engineering] methods," the group said in the statement.

In November last year, Anonymous started its activities to end the KKK and took over two Twitter accounts related to the group. "We never forgot your threats to the protesters in Ferguson, and we certainly never forgave you. And the same will be done to the threats you give now," Anonymous said.

A separate list published online this week mistakenly included many US politicians as KKK members and Anonymous rejected the list from its Twitter account.

TRTWorld and agencies