Remember, remember the 5th of November…
Originally remembered as Guy Fawkes Day, November 5th has been co-opted by the hacker group, Anonymous, and they have big plans this year.
Guy Fawkes was caught on November 5th, 1605, trying to carry out the Gunpowder Plot. To keep it short, he was trying to blow up the upper house of parliament and spark a revolution. The day was celebrated for a long time as the day that King James I survived an assassination attempt. However, over the many years since it happened, more and more people celebrate it as the day that one man tried to stand up to his country’s government. (Oddly, what is rarely mentioned is that the entire plot revolved around trying to put a different religion in power).
So what happens now on November 5th? Well, it is still celebrated pretty ferociously in Scotland, but it is also the day that the largest hacktivist group in the world, Anonymous, stages a worldwide protest called the Million Mask March. Basically, they are asking anyone and everyone to show up at their local city halls to protest altogether. What are they protesting? Quite a bit, actually. They are protesting governments, corruption, greed, secrets, inequality….the list goes on. What does it boil down to? They’re tired of being oppressed by those in power.
This particular November 5th, a subsection of Anonymous calling themselves Operation KKK is also planning a little something extra. They are planning to release the personal information of 1,000 Ku Klux Klan members, in an attempt to break the back of the notoriously racist and violent group.
Though there have been multiple incarnations, the Ku Klux Klan stretches back to 1865. It has always been associated with wanting to put, or keep, only white people in power, and sometimes only white people of a specific religion or region.
A list of personal information of alleged Ku Klux Klan members was released yesterday, but members of Operation KKK are claiming that they are not connected to it and that their list will not be released until the fifth of November.
“This account has NOT YET released any information. We believe in due diligence and will NOT recklessly involve innocent individuals #OpKKK”, Operation KKK said in tweets yesterday, “We respect the work of our fellow freedom fighters. However, we are unable to confirm, deny or take credit for any work that we did not do.”
Many of the people on the list that was released are already claiming that the list is fake, and that they have no connections to the Klan.
If this list is indeed fake, will it affect how Operation KKK’s list is received?
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