Hacker group Ghost Squad, affiliated to the hacktivist collective Anonymous, launched a full scale DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack on KKK (Ku Klux Klan), which effectively shut down the Klan's official website. The Klan's website was targeted in retaliation for the organisation's "blunt racism". At the time of publication, the official KKK Knights website was still down.
One of the members of the hacker group told HackRead: "We targeted the KKK due to our hackers being up in their face, we believe in free speech but their form of beliefs is monolithic and evil. We stand for constitutional rights but they want anyone who is not Caucasian removed from earth so we targeted the KKK official website to show love for our boots on the ground and to send a message that all forms of corruption will be fought. We are not fascist but we certainly do not agree with the KKK movement. They are the Fascists and they are the Racists."
This is not the first time that Anonymous-affiliated hackers have targeted the Klan in a digital attack. As part of their ongoing campaign against the KKK, which was launched a few months ago, the hacktivist collective in March took down the Klan's security provider Staminus Communications, leaking 15 GB worth sensitive customer data.
The KKK seems to have come under the heightened scrutiny of hackers, who have been persistently targeting the organisation, effectively crippling their recruitment efforts. Several of the Klan's websites have also swung in and out of service under an operation titled OpKKK, the Epoch Times reported. Hacker groups BinarySec and Anonymous appear to have joined forces temporarily to combat the Klan's visibility and growth online.
"The average American likely believes hate groups like the KKK are all but dead and gone, restricted now to a handful of secret enclaves consisting of a few dying old racist men," said Zombie Ghost, a BinarySec hacker in a Twitter interview. "But, part of OpKKK is bringing attention to the fact that these groups are not dead and are in fact finding a new life online."