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Hackers Continue Assault On Westboro Baptist Church, Release Social Security Numbers

Anonymous Publishes Westboro Baptist Church personal files

Commentary | With many people understandably upset that Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre and sing praises to God that children were killed, it is hard not to cheer for Anonymous in their latest battle against the “church.”

As The Inquisitr previously reported, the hacktivist group began the latest battle on Saturday when they sent out an updated list of the names and addresses of church members. They later released a video, right before hacking the church’s website, in which they said:

“We will not allow you to corrupt the minds of America with your seeds of hatred. We will not allow you to inspire aggression to the social factions which you deem inferior. We will render you obsolete. We will destroy you. We are coming.”

And come they did. Using the Twitter accounts @YourAnonNews, @LulzExecutive, @Shm00pLOL, and others, they posted sensitive information about Westboro Baptist Church members. The information included social security numbers, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, and even the family tree (i.e. how the members are connected to each other).

The groups also taunted Westboro Baptist Church members with the information they uncovered. While, again, it is difficult not to cheer for the groups as they work together to bring down a “church” that preaches hate to the world, it also begs the question on what information is too much to disclose.

Is it morally okay for a group to disclose sensitive information (such as a social security number) about a person, even if the person is, arguably, as deplorable as members of the WBC? It certainly is illegal, as each stolen social security number can cost five years in prison. Members of all groups understand too well what it means to be caught with the information. Former Anonymous spokesman Barrett Brown was just charged with stealing sensitive information — including credit card numbers.

In this case, however, with a group that spreads only hate-filled messages, it is possible we can overlook the laws that Anonymous and others are breaking as they work to bring down Westboro Baptist Church. Below are a collection of tweets from the groups’ exploits so far on Saturday:

Do you think that Anonymous and other hackers are going too far in their war against Westboro Baptist Church or is this hacktivisim at its finest?

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47 Responses to “Hackers Continue Assault On Westboro Baptist Church, Release Social Security Numbers”

  1. Christopher Barber

    These people have gone too far like our declaration of indepence says if we have the ability to take action then we have the responsibility to take action or something along them lines

  2. Chris Box

    Love it! WBC is no more then a group of in-bread haters who have hidden behind a "veil" of religion FOR FAR TO LONG!

  3. Nathan Gaston

    +1

    Anonymous @YourAnonNews
    Westboro Baptist Church all your base are belong to us. #Anonymous

  4. Iiss Ssii

    Seems most of the Phelps family is unemployed (surprise surprise) but the few who do have real jobs work primarily at Shawnee County Corrections — i.e., prison guards. Can you imagine? Why would the county not just fire these loons and cut off their limited funding?

  5. Sarah Oliver

    It's hard to feel any sympathy for such hateful people. They spread hate, and say the most disgusting things to grieving people – if they get a small taste of their own medicine I find it hard to care about the means.

  6. Scott Cooper

    The mere name "Westboro Baptist Church", is a lie. They are not Baptists and they are certainly not a church. A more appropriate name would be "Westboro Satanic Cult". They are not even human, for to be human you have to have a soul.

  7. Chris Coates

    Post everything you can on them Anonymous, WBC are the scum of the earth and should be treated as so…

  8. Jason Belsha

    That the West Babtist Church are nothing more than scum that need to be wiped clean from the human gene pool. And since murder is apparently illegal, a form of social suicide is then appropriate. If you cannot destroy them physically, you destroy them utterly, taking away their will to do any further harm.

  9. Jason Belsha

    I understand what you are trying to say but it would help your statement if you actually looked up the line first before paraphrasing in such a half-assed manner.

  10. Jennifer Grier

    It's very difficult to be sympathetic towards a group like Westboro Baptist Church. I don't condone illegal activities, but I would be lying if I said that I'm not rooting Anonymous on. What this group (I cannot and will not address them as a 'church') does is an abomination and an embarrassment to the Christian community.

  11. Richard Kupfer

    It's not like they are a set group of people. Each thing done is done by different people, with different views on things. There are so many, they keep each other in check. If one does something that is out of bounds, he's fucked by the rest of them.

  12. Darrell Carrington

    I never want to piss off Anonymous. Yeah, it's illegal what they're doing, but hard not to root for them on this one. In the words of the hall of fame group Public Enemy "Shut'em Down".

  13. Anne Marie McLennon

    Members of that cult should be dragged into the desert in chains and made to chop rocks for the rest of their natural lives with nothing to drink but their own endlessly recycled urine. Members of Anonymous should be given a large Christmas bonus and a new car. That's, how I feel about it.

  14. Paul Taylor

    Well in that case I cheer on the hackers. Too funny the hillbullies of Westboro would rely on spreading their hatred on the WEB and then get stung .

  15. Romel Ramos

    what they are doing is indeed illegal..but because they are anonymous and because they are not us..we simply let them do as they will because subconsciously it is what we want. were diffusing the responsibility by looking the other way, and in that way we are the legion.

  16. Donell Wickett

    Seems fair to me, when the religious right posts all of the information of abortion providers nobody prosecuted them. Even when they ended up getting murdered. Even putting their names(Tiller) on tv (looking at you O'Reilly you asshat).
    So I am perfectly ok with anon kicking the crap out of WBC in any way they can.

  17. Shawn Creed

    WBC arent right, or left…just nuts. Its getting old Donnell. I get that you dont like the right, but the only person that would take you seriously is someone uneducated on these issues that knows better. Reverend Wright comes to mind.

  18. Evan Anderson

    Poor little souless, hate-mongering, devilish, evil, unsympoathetic degenerates. I feel no sympathy for them. They are extremely awful psuedo-christians and people!

  19. Donell Wickett

    If you are so educated on these issues that I post on, why havent you been able to "educate" me or anyone else? All you can do is regurgitate right wing talki.g points. Since you commented on this post, go ahead and start educating.

  20. Donell Wickett

    If you are so educated on these issues that I post on, why havent you been able to "educate" me or anyone else? All you can do is regurgitate right wing talki.g points. Since you commented on this post, go ahead and start educating.
    There is nothing you are educated about concerning rev wright that doesn't make you look like an idiot. If you think you have something bring it.

  21. Christopher Barber

    You no i seen a post where bikers took a stand agaist westboro church that commendable but why arent our catholic christian Churchs.etc.. taking a stand against this church id like to see them churchs band together and fight for us for a change show us theres more to them than just bad sermons donations and little boys get off your ass put on your matrix robes and show that westboro church that you know kung-fu Represent the people for once

  22. Becky Brantley

    Why should this "church" and its "people" be protected under U.S. government laws/rights/regulations? They have made outright threats against the U.S., government, etc. They have committed acts of terrorism and seek to wish to see the U.S. fall, try to inspire aggression, not knowledge and rights. They should have no rights, they should be treated as terrorists. It does not matter to me if they have a SS# or were born here, it should be their actions that speak louder than a piece of paper. These people inspire pain, aggression, they enjoy the suffering of others. In short, screw them.

  23. Becky Brantley

    Why should this "church" and its "people" be protected under U.S. government laws/rights/regulations? They have made outright threats against the U.S., government, etc. They have committed acts of terrorism and seek to wish to see the U.S. fall, try to inspire aggression, not knowledge and rights. They should have no rights, they should be treated as terrorists. It does not matter to me if they have a SS# or were born here, it should be their actions that speak louder than a piece of paper. These people inspire pain, aggression, they enjoy the suffering of others. In short, screw them.

  24. Lesley Desjardin

    So much for love your neighbor, or even love your enemy. No love here. Can't tell the difference between the church and the commentators. Jesus is in none of it.

  25. Brandon Cope

    We should lock everyone inside that church, put a giant electrified a/ barbwire fence, and let loose the worst serial killers, murderers, and criminals to tear apart these retarded hicks.

  26. Brenda Morgan Casebolt

    Its hard when go to furnals of a soldier whi died for our country, and they are out their chanting terrible things at the family about their dead sonor daughter or spouse, Ive been there and witness it. They need to be stopped, no matter what it takes!