The Twitter account belonging to Westboro Baptist Church spokesperson Shirley Phelps-Roper has been hacked and is being used to promote the designation of the church group as a hate group.
An article posted on ZDNet.com reports that the Twitter account, @DearShirley, was hacked by someone calling themselves @CosmoTheGod. The teenager previously known to be using that name was arrested earlier this year for hacking UGNazi. According to the probation agreement, the teen is not permitted to use the internet for anything other than educational purposes and then only under direct supervision. It is impossible to know exactly who has done the hacking at this point.
The Westboro Baptist Church is an ultra-conservative Christian group who has come under stark criticism most recently for their plans to picket during the funerals of those killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The Huffington Post Reports the following about Westboro Baptist and their spokesperson Shirley Phelps-Roper:
“The Westboro Baptist Church, the controversial group known for protesting outside funerals of slain U.S. service members, announced that it will picket a vigil for the victims of Friday’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the second-deadliest school shooting in American history. Shirley Phelps-Roper, a spokesperson for the group and, like most members of the organization, a relative of the group’s founder, Fred Phelps, announced on Twitter on Saturday the group’s plan “to sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment.”
Since Phelps-Roper’s Twitter account has been hacked, the background has been changed to say “Pray for Newtown,” and messages are being sent from the account supporting hacking of all Westboro websites. The account is also posting tweets in support of a petition to have the group designated as a hate group.
Here are some tweets being posted at the new @DearShirley:
— Jack Moreno (@JacksonTime) December 18, 2012
— anonymous troll (@troll_anonymous) December 18, 2012
— Kalliope Amorphous (@KalliAmorphous) December 18, 2012