The World is Watching: Hacktivists vs. Racists

Anonymous squares off with the Ku Klux Klan

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Members of Anonymous (we think) at the Million Mask March.

Travis Davis, Staff Reporter

Hacktivists have been around for some years now, some gaining more popularity than others more recently. These hacktivists think they are righting the wrongs that the government has done against society. The main one on the rise as of now is known as Anonymous.

 On October 22nd, 2015, Anonymous hackers claimed to have hacked the Twitter account of the KKK. They then promised to release all 1,000 phone numbers and emails of those who are apart of the group. On November 2nd, 2015, they came through on their promise. The list includes 4 Senators and 5 city mayors.

 After the list went out, many political leaders who are claimed KKK members quickly denied these allegations. Jim Gray, the Democratic leader of Lexington, Ky, whose name appeared on the list, was quick to deny any ties with the KKK. In a response to the allegation, Gray made this statement.

 “I have never had any relationship of any kind with the KKK. I am opposed to everything it stands for. I have no idea where this information came from, but wherever it came from, it is wrong,” Gray said

 Gray is not the only politician that has taken to the net to try and clear his name. In fact, tons of people have. Senator Dan Coats made a statement as well, claiming he

“…has never had any affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan and deplore all forms of discrimination.”

 However, the greatest problem that rises from this is the accounts. The account, which is said to be a spokesperson for Anon., that leaked the list is known as TheAnonMessage. But, another account(@Operation_KKK) claiming to be affiliated with Anonymous as well tweeted that, as of Wednesday, they have yet to release the list. Many questions arise like which Twitter accounts are real and which ones are not and if they are affiliated with Anonymous how would we know?

According to a tweet from @Operation_KKK, they were “in  no way involved with today’s release of information that incorrectly outed several politicians.” Which would mean the previous list of men and women is false. This whole ordeal makes one wonder,  is this an attack to discredit Anonymous? Or an attempt to cause chaos while something bigger is happening?