In the escalating war between mask and hood, the KKK has pulled off something no one expected: They successfully took control of the @Operation_KKK Twitter account. The account, until Sunday, functioned as a conduit of information regarding the Ku Klux Klan and its activities regarding the protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
Shortly after the account announced that Anonymous would be posting the personal information of alleged KKK Grand Wizard Richard Preston, Twitter was met with an incredibly white change of scenery: The Klan logo. Mocking Anonymous’ theft of the official Klan twitter, the hooded, right-wing group posted “Under Klan control as of 23 NOV 2014 15:45:47. You should’ve expected us.” in the description of the account.
The Klan then continued to mock Anonymous.
Anonymous announced the takeover through other account, telling Twitter users to instead visit the new location for the op — and the group of hacktivists have promised retribution.
While the Ku Klux Klan may feel victorious, for now, the hackers are definitely winning the war. They did, after all, rip the hoods from numerous Klan members’ faces and expose a close connection between KKK groups and Darren Wilson supporters. They still have members’ personal information. They are still in possession of the Klan’s Twitter account.
In the end, all the Klan managed to do is irritate Anonymous by taking one of many accounts. Now, the hacktivist collective is mad — and armed with much information the Klanners likely don’t want to see the light of day.
This will get very interesting, very quickly. Who knew that the KKK could find someone among them who knows how to operate technology more recent than the Commodore 64 for reasons aside from secret Craigslist truck stop bathroom rendezvouses?
Well, that didn’t last long.