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‘Anonymous’ Attacks, Shuts Down Neo-Nazi Web Forum

By Ryan Lenz on June 8, 2012 - 3:03 pm, Posted in Neo-Nazi

The Internet hacking collective known as Anonymous continued its assault on neo-Nazi and hate group websites Friday by going after Aryan-Front.com, a white supremacist online forum.

Before the website went offline, visitors were greeted with messages such as “Hacked by Anonymous,” “You should have expected us” and “Fuck off, Nazi scum.” Anonymous said it plans to publicly release archived forum posts and private messages lifted from Aryan-Front.com.

The attack is part of  “Operation Blitzkrieg,” a project the “hacktivist” group has launched to attack white supremacist neo-Nazi groups and, in the process, inflict unprecedented damage by releasing a torrent of personal information about the groups and their supporters.

So far, Anonymous has disabled sites including Stormfront.org, the first and largest white nationalist site in the world, and two websites belonging to the Topeka, Kan.-based Westboro Baptist Church, which is known for its slogan “God Hate Fags” and whose members frequently picket funerals of soldiers and others to call attention to their harsh, anti-gay views.

  • Vieux Normand

    Why do the supposedly-courageous have to hide behind anonymity?

  • Xiao Jiu

    GO, ANON!

  • Savior

    Anyone that hacks a site has way too much time on their hands.

    Whatever happened to the right of free speech? If a person or persons does not like the contents of a site, then don’t visit it.

    There are always going to be things people don’t want to see or read. So, just avoid the various sites you don’t like. One has to go out of their way to view any site, no?

    Plus, it seems “Anonymous” is a coward or a bunch of cowards that simply like to hack free speech sites. These cowards are not putting a dent into anything. It seems they are a bunch of nerd(s) that have nothing better to do.

    All these forums are becoming obsolete anyway. From what I heard, the Aryan Front site was going to close anyway.

    Common sense dictates that Aryan Front has a backup made daily. So, if they really wanted to, Aryan Front could put the site back up with everything intact the day after it was hacked. But Aryan Front did not bother, as it was becoming obsolete to begin with.

  • Joseph

    I think it’s funny. And I hope they never get it fixed so that they are forced to go back to physical meetings so they can complain about affirmative action.

    Hate speech should not be protected. I will defend your right to be proud of your race. That’s fine. But I will not defend your right to hate other people.

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Trick, if you’re attempting to paint Anonymous as an homogenous group, you’ve obviously no idea of that which you speak. Anonymous as about as heterogenous an any group could possibly be. I highly suggest a thorough Google search in order to enlighten yourself.

  • Snorlax

    Anonymous ROCKS!!

  • Trick

    Don’t be fooled, Anonymous has attacked good web sites like the government and credit card companies. Anonymous are just trying to put on a ‘good face” and in doing so people give them money, but they also attack good people and so this also makes them computer criminals like the guy named Sabu who ratted out the other Anonymous who were making trouble for good people. Some people say that Anonymous is a Christian vigilante group who has government agents also as members. If they are not Christians why do they hide their face like the KKK with the mask of Guy Fawkes who is a know Catholic terrorist who wanted to kill the king and his government to set up a Catholic dictatorship?

  • WMDKitty

    Go, Anonymous!

  • DrMJG

    Just to be clear. The first Amendment deals with governmental entities prohibiting speech. It DOES NOT mean private entities cannot disrupt a speech or such. To give a bit of an example. It is not legal for the government to prohibit Westboro Church from standing on public land (Sidewalk) and holding the “God Hates Fags” signs. But, an owner of private land, if the same group hold the signs, can deal with them (within limits) for standing on his property and holding the same signs. It is a public/private thing.

    So this cyber attack is NOT a free speech issue. Now, perhaps some other laws may come into play. Just not a federal free speech issue.

  • Ian

    Aron,

    The RT page says “[A]ll posts made on Aryan-Front.com appear to be erased from the server, or at least have been rendered unavailable to its 1,441 registered users.”

    The WBC and Stormfront attacks also disabled the sites.

  • Ian

    This is just a high-tech form of vandalism.

    The speech of WBC, Stormfront, and this new site- which, to be honest, I never heard of before – is despicable, but it is protected. I see no difference between this act and stealing some books and burning them.

    I hope law enforcement finds these people.

  • http://Twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Concerned, Anonymous is not preventing them from using their first amendment. They are still free to communicate. What Anonymous is preventing is their sense of privacy. And as we all know, there is no constitutional right to privacy.

    I eagerly anticipate the ensuing hijinks…

  • Concerned Citizen

    One wrong is just as wrong as. Nazis and others have a right of free speech under the First Admendment. Like it or not. Annoymous is abusing their right of free speech at the expense of those they dislike. By my standard. Annoymous are no better than the hate groups that they opposed.

  • http://Twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Wayne, I don’t represent the SPLC, so don’t take my opinion for the official one. But what would happen if they did support Anonymous? I take it you’re no fan of the SPLC, so what does their opinion matter to you?

  • Wayne

    Does the SPLC condone the actions of Anonymous in this case?

  • Linnea

    I also generally don’t approve of hacking. But in this case: go get ‘em, Anonymous!

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    I can’t wait for them to release those private messages. It’s going to be hilarious.

  • Supersonic250

    I rarely approve of anything the /b/tards of 4Chan do… But this is the one occasion where I have to say bravo! Keep hitting ‘em hard, Anonymous.

  • Shadow Wolf

    Praise “Anonymous” for unleashing unorthodoxy cyber attacks on our racist enemies.