Ferguson: Anonymous Reveals KKK Members' Identities

In the buildup to the grand jury announcement in Ferguson over the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the cyber hacking group Anonymous has begun a targeted campaign to reveal the identities of local Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members. In the past week, the local KKK began distributing a flyer stating that they would use "lethal force" against Ferguson protesters if provoked, according to the Huffington Post.

"You have been warned by the Ku Klux Klan!" the flier reads. "There will be consequences for your actions against the peaceful, law abiding citizens of Missouri."

The flier also said that "lethal force" will be used in self-defense.

In response to the KKK's flier, Anonymous began an online campaign using social media to reveal the identities of KKK members in the Ferguson and St. Louis area. Though the campaign, which started on Saturday and continued through Sunday, has not been reported on by mainstream media, numerous postings can be found through social media, including Twitter.

The group known as the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK was busy putting out fliers last week with a warning that Ferguson protesters have "awakened a sleeping giant." Some of the language in the flier accused protesters of making threats toward police and the community at large.

The campaign by Anonymous to expose the identities of as many KKK members in Ferguson as possible has met with some criticism, but largely has been applauded. The blog Liberaland posted a long thread of collected posts from Twitter of the Ferguson KKK members, under the hastag #OpKKK.

Many of the posts included photographs of alleged KKK members, with their first and last names and areas of residence. Some of the posts include the job positions held by the individuals. The KKK has responded that they are very upset that Anonymous is revealing the identity of their members, essentially confirming that the information is accurate.

Anonymous has said that they are also monitoring KKK computer servers and trolling their Ferguson membership phone line, which is easily found online on Twitter.