Names and personal details have been released via the activist’s ‘Operation KKK’ Twitter account
The highly anticipated dox happened late on Thursday evening – coinciding with both the Million Mask March and the first anniversary of Ferguson – and was part of the hacktivist group’s ongoing “Operation KKK” project.
According to the leaked file, the data had been gathered over an 11 month period – though some names were redacted shortly after for accuracy. “We consider this data dump as a form of resistance against the violence and intimidation tactics leveraged against the public by various members of Ku Klux Klan,” the dump read. “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.”
“Part of the reason we have taken the hoods off of these individuals is not because of their identities, but because of what their hoods symbolize to us in our broader society,” it continued. “Violent bigotry IS a problem in the United States. This is not a colorblind society. It is deeply divided on racial lines.”
A quick look through the data shows no surprises, which, given the build-up, is a bit disappointing. Most names on there are already “out”, or brazenly advertise their beliefs on social media anyway – which contradicts previous reports that the list would include politicians and public officials. However, after members of the group threatened peaceful Ferguson protestors with violence last year, the cyber group is hoping to apply as much transparency to the hate group as possible.
“You are more than extremists. You are more than a hate group,” Anonymous wrote shortly after the Ferguson incident. “You operate much more like terrorists and you should be recognized as such. You are terrorists that hide your identities beneath sheets and infiltrate society on every level.” They eventually went on to hack the Klan's Twitter account.
“The privacy of the Klu Klux Klan no longer exists in cyberspace. You've had blood on your hands for nearly 200 years,” the group concluded. “You messed with our family and now we will mess with yours...”