The Curious Case of Anonymous, fake news and the fall of a neo-Nazi group
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This is HORRIBLE. Really how awful can these idiots be? @godaddy The domain DailyStormer dot com is abusive & in violation of your contract— JustFurKids TN (@justfurkids) August 14, 2017
— ಸುನೀಲ್ Sunny (@SunScot) August 14, 2017
Almost in response to the last Tweet above, something happened last night. Upon waking up today, people who, outraged, went to the extremist website to protest could see a new post, allegedly left by the infamous hacking group Anonymous.
To know what true hate is.. this person needs to be exposed. Andrew Anglin from— Theodore Kerabatsos (@t_kerabatsos) August 13, 2017
Daily Stormer. I am without words.. hackers unite, find him
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The post stated that the website had been taken over in Heyer’s name, stating she was a “victim of white supremacist terrorism”.
“For too long the Daily Stormer and Andrew Anglin have spewed their putrid hate on this site,” it said. “This evil cannot be allowed to stand. It took a united force of elite hackers from around the world to breach the systems and the firewall.
“The events of Charlottesville alerted us to the need for immediate action. We want you Nazis to know: your time is short.”The immediate response of the public was then one of relief. Justice was being executed against these ruthless extremists, and their website was going to be taken down soon. However, something did not add up. The Anonymous official Twitter account did not claim responsibility for the attack. Anonymous is a fragmented group on the internet, with its members often acting independently from one another in order to reach the same goal. In this particular case though, no confirm was issued by the hacking group. On the contrary, a tweet from them claimed the post could be a stunt organised by the Daily Stormer itself.
We have no confirmation that "Anonymous" is involved yet. Looks more like a DS stunt. Wonder if they are having issues finding a new host. https://t.co/ikXXRBfC5p— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) August 14, 2017
The stunt would have therefore be pulled by the Daily Stormer to get as more coverage as possible before being shut down. Anonymous' answer to that was predictable, but it summarised quite well what the internet thought on the matter.
We informed The Daily Stormer that they have 24 hours to move the domain to another provider, as they have violated our terms of service.— GoDaddy (@GoDaddy) August 14, 2017
Whatever the truth is, another piece of extremism is being eradicated from the internet today, and despite the bad the publication has done in the past, this is undoubtedly good news.
If goal of Daily Stormer was to get us to celebrate a BS claim, it backfired. Seriously, suck less.— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) August 14, 2017