Hacking group Anonymous has threatened to reveal the identities of 1,000 members of the Ku Klux Klan to mark the first anniversary of the Ferguson protests.
Dubbed Operation KKK, the cyber activists say they will also shut down websites and other social media accounts affiliated to the white supremacist group next month.
The protests in Ferguson were sparked after unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by white police officer Darren Wilson last August.
Violent protests erupted on November 24 last year, when it was decided that Wilson would not be indicted in connection with the shooting.
During the demonstrations KKK members warned protesters that ‘lethal force’ would be used against them.
Now ahead of the anniversary of the protests, Anonymous say they plan to unmask the identities of 1,000 members.
In a statement last week, the hacking group wrote: ‘KKK it has came to our unfortunate attention that you have been interacting your racists motivations and potentially targeting people of different races.
‘We are not attacking you because of what you believe in as we fight for freedom of speech,
‘We are attacking you because of what you do to our brothers and sisters.
‘Due to your actions we will be rearranging Operation KKK. We’ve gained access to yet another one of your KKK Twitter account.
‘Using the info obtained, we will be revealing about 1000 of your klan member identities. The aim of our operation is nothing more than Cyber Warfare. Anything you upload will be taken down, anything you use to promote the KKK will be shut down.’
They add that all will be revealed next month, and end the statement saying: ‘You messed with our family and now we will mess with yours…’
The statement came as they also announced their plans on Twitter.
It is the second time Anonymous has clashed with the KKK after reports last year the hackers took over several Twitter accounts and harassed members by phone.
Anonymous has been linked to online attacks around the world aimed at punishing governments for policies of which the hackers disapprove.
Members are known as ‘Anons’ and are distinguished by their Guy Fawkes masks.
The group have been seen as anything from digital Robin Hoods to cyber terrorists for their hacking campaigns against government agencies and child pornography sites .
Targets of Anonymous ‘hacktivism’ included government agencies of the US, Israel, Tunisia, Uganda, and others, copyright protection agencies; the Westboro Baptist Church; and corporations such as PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, and Sony.
Via Daily Mail