The English Defence League’s surge of activity following the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich has attracted the ire of hacking collecting Anonymous, with alleged members of the group embarking on a campaign to expose the far-right movement.
Users claiming to represent Anonymous UK announced ‘Operation EDL’ in a statement posted on YouTube yesterday (see above), and have set about their work by leaking the personal details of EDL supporters online.
A list of over 200 names, addresses and phone numbers supposedly belonging to EDL members or donors were published by the hacktivists on Tuesday evening, but their validity has not yet been confirmed.
“We have been patiently observing your organisation, as you have inflated, indoctrinating our young with your criminal mindset,” reads the Anonymous statement to the EDL. “You have capitalized on the misfortunes of our peoples, taking advantage of moments of fear, of terror, and of reconciliation, to spread hatred and animosity towards your fellow man. Your constant belligerence, like a pack of raving ignoramuses, furthering only bigotry and segregation. You have angered us considerably, and summoned our wrath irrevocably.
“Last week, an innocent Drummer, Lee Rigby, lost his life at the hands of two vile and demented human beings in the most horrific, and heinous manner ever witnessed on the streets of Britain,” it continues. “This villainous public display has thrown the United Kingdom into mourning; every community, and every congregation, extending their deepest condolences.
“You however, have used this as another excuse to further spread your campaign of hate, bigotry, and misinformation. Under the guise of national pride you have instigated crimes against the innocent and incited the subjugation of Muslims. We will not allow your injustices, your lies, and your stupidity, to further radicalize our youth into fearing and despising their fellow man.”
The statement goes on to set out that, “In this operation, we will begin the systematic and comprehensive desiccation of your cult [sic]. We will further expose your falsities and your attempts to censor, to your members, to the British public, and to the world as a whole. You will fall, we can say this with complete confidence.”
Anonymous has been flexing its cyber muscles right across the globe of late, last week prompting officials at Guantanamo Bay to shut down its wireless Internet service as the group launched Operation Guantanamo, saying it would “not allow the most expensive prison on earth to be run without any respect for international laws."
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