Westboro Baptist Church: Hacked By Anonymous After Sandy Hook Picketing Threat!

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The hacker network Anonymous has released what it claims to be a cache of personal details on the members of the extremist Westboro Baptist Church.

This after after church said it planned to picket Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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The scene of a mass shooting where 26 children and adults died Friday would seem an unlikely spot for a protest ... for any other group of humans.

Westboro Baptist said it planned a demonstration at the Newtown, Conn., school, which apparently didn't sit well with supporters of Anonymous.

Itself a subversive community of activists and trolls of a different sort, the "hacktivist" group appears to have taken down the church extremists' website.

Most likely this was done through a distributed denial of service, or DDoS attack. They also posted a YouTube video threatening to “destroy” the group.

Westboro is a small group based in Topeka, Kansas, notorious for picketing the funerals of soldiers and victims of shootings with tastelessly-worded placards.

The main theme? Tragic events are God’s punishment for the existence of homosexuality.

A document posted on Pastebin earlier today claims to reveal physical addresses of the group’s founding Phelps family, including personal information.

Telephone numbers, even a social security number, as well as background information on the group and its close coterie of members, were posted.

Anonymous supporters typically refer to this data as a target’s “dox,” though it is unclear how public these personal details already were for Westboro’s members.

Organizers with Anonymous are meanwhile encouraging supporters via Twitter to bombard the Kansas radicals with calls “all night and all day.”

A representative of Westboro, possibly its regular spokeswoman Shirley Phelps-Roper, also carried out a Reddit IAmA, or “Ask Me Anything,” earlier Sunday.

By using the nickname GodSentCTShooter and professing the group's views, this user not surprisingly met very few questions and plenty of irritation from Redditors.

Also not surprisingly, this isn’t the first time Westboro and Anonymous have clashed.

In 2011, a supporter of Anonymous took part in a radio debate with Shirley Phelps-Roper, during which a small group of hackers took down several parts of Westboro’s site during the show.

Amid the more radical forms of dissent against Westboro from Anonymous, tens of thousands of people have signed White House petitions against the group.

Both seek to legally recognize Westboro as a hate group, its rhetoric so damaging that it can no longer be classified as “free speech,” but “hate speech.”

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PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: While I respect Anonymous and most everything they stand for, I respectfully state that I...UNDER MY OWN PROTOCOL AND WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF ANONS (although I certainly presented it to them) was the single solitary entity that Doxed Westboro Baptist members in April of '12. I also had 4 phone conversations with Shirley Phelps and a recorded interview. I appreciate Anons for distributing the Dox to the rest of the world BUT since then the members of Westboro have become more secluded and will not allow another interview with me. Thanks a lot for isolating the information Anonymous...you've done enough. Now please leave these crazies alone or do what Anons do best and shut their asses down.

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It's kind of funny that the Westboro Church is acting and saying exactly what the Bible says. Yet they are hated by this "Christian" nation. Remember, God destroyed almost every human being because he was mad at some of them. Westboro says EXACTLY what you Christians believe.

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@ Hypocrisy

Don't be a fag. God isn't real. They are simply hate crimes.

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Westboro is a cult, not a church.
And you don't mess with Anon.

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Almost ALL (so-called) Christians forget to keep the 4th commandment. Which, according to James 2:10. is the same as taking a life. Sin is sin. My heart goes out to everyone affected by the tragedy, but Victoria is right, sort of.