Anonymous Hackers Target Westboro Baptist Church

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Members of Anonymous have published detailed contact information for the members of the Westboro Baptist Church, including some members' Social Security numbers, after the church announced plans to picket Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School "to sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment," contending that the massacre at the school was God's punishment for gay marriage.

"As part of a campaign dubbed #OpWestBoro, KY Anonymous said yesterday it posted the personal information belonging to members of the extremist organization, which is best known for conducting protests designed to disrupt the funerals of members of the military killed in action," writes CNET News' Steven Musil. "The data dump included the names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and physical addresses of dozens of alleged members of the religious organization. The group did not indicate where or how it acquired the data."

"In addition to the dox, Anonymous is also publicizing a petition on the White House’s official petition portal to have the government 'legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group,'" writes Betabeat's Jessica Roy. "The Southern Poverty Law Center already categorizes them as such. The petition has garnered almost 32,800 signatures; any petition over 25,000 signatures is put into a queue to be reviewed by the White House."

In a video message directed at the church, Anonymous also stated, "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."

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