‘Hactivist’ group Anonymous have promised to target the Westboro Baptist Church after the religious fundamentalist group threatened to picket the funerals of those who were shot dead in Charleston last week.
The church group, led by hate preacher Fred Phelps and his immediate family, are infamous for picketing the funerals of deceased soldiers and celebrities, always accompanied by their hateful “God hates fags” rhetoric.
Westboro have even disgracefully claimed that Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old who carried out the racist massacre in South Carolina, was sent by God.
With the hate preachers announcing their plans to picket the funerals of the victims, Anonymous have decided to ramp up their pressure on WBC in light of the threats.
— Westboro Baptist (@WBCSaysRepent) June 18, 2015
In a statement released online, Anonymous said:
This sustained campaign against the Westboro Baptist Church will continue until all the funerals in Charleston, South Carolina are finished. Anonymous calls upon all Anons, allied crews, hacktivists and supporters worldwide to join with us in attacking every known cyber asset of the WBC.
The group plans to share intelligence about the movements of the Westboro protesters via the hashtag #TrackWBC and is posting successes of its cyber-attacks via the hashtag #OpShutDownWBC.
The hackers added:
To the grieving people of Charleston, South Carolina: we ask that you put these hateful people from your mind entirely. Anonymous has this for you. We know how to deal with these animals, and we will do so. Forget them. Let us handle this for you as our gift of condolence for your unspeakable loss.
Good on Anonymous! Hopefully many more will fight back against WBC if they go ahead with their plans because this is a new low, even for them.