If you’ve been following the news especially over the weekend into today, then you may have heard that there was a protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. The rally was tagged “UniteTheRight” initially to protest the removal of confederate symbols in the state but as they have described by most of the media in the Unites States, the white nationalists (from the Ku Klux Klan, skinheads and other new-Nazi groups) soon saw that there was a counter protest. It was during this counter protest that one of the white nationalists allegedly ran a car through the crowd killing Heather Heyer, an anti-fascist protestor in the process.
While several local and federal politicians have come out to condemn the killing, the notorious Nazi website Daily Stormer posted the message you see below on their site promoting GoDaddy to inform them that they now have 24 hours to move their hosting somewhere else because they violated hosting their hosting policy.
Apart from the GoDaddy action, the hacking group Anonymous says it has now taken control of the Nazi site and it would stop them from posting “putrid hate”. They also suggested they would release some of the data to the public while saying it could conduct an attack (whatever this means) on the leader of the group.
As with Anonymous, it was difficult to verify them because as with the name, they are secret and scattered across different locations.
Part of their statement reads;
For too long the Daily Stormer and Andrew Angling (the leader of the group) have spewed their putrid hate on the site .That will not be happening anymore.”
We have all the details on the servers and will be releasing the data when we feel the time is right…. We have also gathered locational data on Anglin himself and are sending our allies in Lagos to pay him a visit in person. This evil cannot be allowed to stand. The events of Charlottesville alerted us to the need for immediate action.
This won’t be the first time Anonymous would be stepping up to intervene in such situations. Back in 2015 following the ISIS Paris attacks which left scores injured and dead, the group declared war on the Islamic State by telling them to expect massive cyber-attacks on its facilities.
While the weekend incident has united unlikely allies in that leaders of both parties in the US have been unequivocal about their condemnation and calling it an act of terrorism by the white supremacists, the American president has been largely criticised for not calling out the terrorists and explicitly condemning them.
He said the hate was from both sides and that it has nothing to do with him nor any other President for that matter in what some have called a tepid rebuke by an outspoken President.