The names of four senators and five City mayors have been included on Anonymous’s list which includes the details of the politicians, their spouses and the local chapter of the KKK to which they are purported to belong. The person who posted the information said they redacted the politicians’s home addresses to prevent anyone taking action directly against them.
Anonymous, the amorphous online activist collective, last week promised to reveal the identity of 1,000 members of the KKK after coming into possession of the private information through a compromised Twitter account associated with the group.
Anonymous hackers have so far published four separate listings on text-sharing website Pastebin, including 57 phone numbers and 23 email addresses.
There has been no verification of the details so far, but Anonymous has vowed to reveal the full identities of up to 1,000 members of the KKK Thursday, November 5 to coincide with the group’s global protest movement, called the Million Mask March.
So far though none of the phone numbers connected to anyone and some on the list are not members of the KKK, with one being a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a historical group populated by relatives of Confederate soldiers.
Anonymous and the KKK have been battling it out in cyberspace for almost a year, ever since the protests in Ferguson when a local chapter of the Klan weighed into the debate by warning that it would use “lethal force” against anyone protesting on the streets of Ferguson.
In its statement addressed to the members of the KKK, Anonymous told the group: “After closely observing so many of you for so very long, we feel confident that applying transparency to your organizational cells is the right, just, appropriate and only course of action. You are abhorrent. Criminal. You are more than extremists. You are more than a hate group. You operate much more like terrorists and you should be recognised as such.”