- The Washington Times - Monday, November 17, 2014

Two Twitter accounts belonging to the Ku Klux Klan have been taken over by the hacker group known as Anonymous, after the white supremacist group threatened to use “lethal force” against looters and vandals in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

The cyber war started when a Missouri branch of the KKK distributed fliers that said, “We will not sit by and allow you to harm our families, communities, property, nor to disrupt our daily lives. Your right to freedom of speech does not give you the right to terrorize citizens. We will use lethal force as provided under Missouri law to defend ourselves.”

Anonymous responded to the fliers by launching Operation KKK (#OpKKK) on Saturday, posting photos and the addresses and job positions of Klan members living in the St. Louis area, Raw Story reported.

The Klan responded Sunday by taunting the hacker group, tweeting: “We are continuing to read Anonymous threats with much amusement. Still no action taken. #Cowards #HoodsON.”

Two hours later, the Klan Twitter account had been completely taken over by Anonymous, who switched out the Klan logo with the hacker logo. The account’s biography was also changed to read: “Under anon control as of 16 NOV 2014 09:11:47. You should’ve expected us,” Raw Story reported.

Anonymous then posted a tweet that said, “The war is on!” with a picture of a Klansman dangling by a noose. It was retweeted more than 4,000 times by Monday afternoon.

The Klan Twitter account has more than doubled its followers since the Anonymous takeover, Raw Story reported. It was still under Anonymous’ control by Monday afternoon.

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