The extremely controversial Westboro Baptist Church has plans to picket the funerals of the recent Newton school victims. Anonymous, the hacking activist group, launched an assault on the Church website and it’s main members. This is not the first public spat between the two groups, but this most recent attack raised the bar. In February the Westboro posted a message on their site telling the “crybaby hackers” to “bring it.”
Anonymous, though the Twitter handle of @YourAnonNews, posted very personal information of it’s founder and his family today. Information contained, but was not limited to the names, addresses, phone numbers, owned domains, Skype aliases, Social Security Numbers and fax numbers. A member claiming to be apart of Anonymous posted on Twitter that they had installed a key logger and botnet infection on one of the primary WBC web sites.
Specific details posted on high profile members are exampled here.
Fred Waldron Phelps, Sr. (founder and pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church, disbarred lawyer, activist, author; born 1929) and Margerie “Margie” M. Simms, wife of Fred Phelps (since 1952).
Fred Phelps Jr. (lawyer, born 1953), son of Fred Phelps, and Betty Joan (Schurle) Phelps (lawyer, born c. 1952), second wife of Fred Phelps Jr. (Phelps Jr.’s first wife died under suspicious circumstances, see Former Members section below)
Benjamin Phelps (designer of the Westboro website, born c. 1976), son of Fred Phelps Jr., and Mara Jones-Phelps, wife of Benjamin Phelps (daughter of Robert and Kathryn Jones, believed to be of Pittsburgh). They both have a daughter and son (born March 3, 2003 and March 13, 2006, respectively).
Sara Phelps (reported age 24 as of February 2005), daughter of Fred Phelps Jr.
Elizabeth “Libby” Phelps (reported age 22 as of March 2005), daughter of Fred Phelps Jr. She is one of the two Phelps granddaughters featured on a hidden camera interview broadcast by British television network Sky News.
It appears most of the trouble for the WBC started when Shirley Phelps-Roper (@dearshirley) posted the following on Twitter. “Westboro will picket Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment.”
A video posted by Anonymous was previously released with the following quote. “From the time you have received this message, our attack protocol has past been executed and your downfall is underway.” The personal data had already been pumped through many social networks by the time the video was released. Many of the church’s websites had already been brought down or defaced at the same time.
The coming weeks will definitely not bring an end to this argument, but the upcoming funerals will be filled with controversy. Anonymous is calling for action against the planned protests, similar to how Texas A&M dealt with the situation.
School Shooting Funerals Attract Protesters, Undeterred by Anonymous Retaliation
The hacker group Anonymous is back in action. This time they have launched an attack against the controversial Westboro Baptist Church, who have announced plans to picket the funerals of those lost in the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.