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article imageAnonymous continue OpWestboro campaign

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By Greta McClain     Dec 18, 2012 in Internet
Topeka - The hactivist group Anonymous is continuing its campaign against Westboro Baptist Church, targeting Twitter accounts and even the church's internet and cable accounts.
According to a post on the Anonymous News Network Facebook page, hackers have hacked into the Westboro Baptist Church's cable and Internet accounts, leaving the Church with no Internet or cable. The are also regularly posting the Church's phone number, encouraging Anonymous supporters to call the church, "order pizzas" or "#SWAT them".
On Sunday, Digital Journal reported that Anonymous had hacked into the Westboro website and released the personal information of members. They also took over the Twitter account of Shirley Phelps-Roper after she tweeted plans to protest Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Anonymous is not the only group that has targeted Westboro. According to the Washington Post, members of the white supremacist group, Ku Klux Klan (KKK), protested the Westboro Baptist Church in May 2011. At that time, KKK Imperial Wizard Dennis LaBonte told CNN:
"I think they're twisted and confused, and we're just here to show them there are people who think they're completely wrong."
LaBonte continued, calling Westboro's history of protesting military funerals a shame, stating:
"It's the soldier that fought and died and gave them that right to free speech....It’s an absolute shame that they show up and disrupt people’s funerals.”
On Sunday, an announcement made by Anonymous pledged to stop Westboro's efforts to "spread hate", saying:
"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."
As many fans of Anonymous have said, leaving the church without Internet access is a good first step.
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