A campaign has been launched against alt-right and neo-Nazi groups as the response to the white supremacist rally that happened in Charlottesville, resulting in one person being dead. The group behind the campaign is the hacktivist collective Anonymous.
The group says it has shut down various sites connected to the Ku Klux Klan and neo-NAzi organizations after what happened in Charlottesville.
People connected to Anonymous have also revealed real names of many people that have attended the rally, along with their known associations with the extreme movement, and posted them online with pictures.
As the campaign has been launched, the hacktivists posted a message for the citizens of the town in Virginia and told them that they will fight domestic terrorism and the alt-right in the wake of the attacks.
Anonymous has also said that they’ve been removing the websites of the far-right extremists under the banner of #OpDomesticTerrorism. They shut down several servers that promoted the hatred that happened in Charlottesville, as well as those that did not speak out against the domestic terrorist attack.
The group reported some rally attendees it had named had been let go from their jobs.
Another website that has been taken down was neo-Nazi website the daily Stormer, but the Anonymous group says it wasn’t their doing.
GoDaddy, the provider of the Daily Stormer website, said on Monday morning that the site has 24 hours to move the domain to another provider or be shut down. This was in response to the website publishing an article in which the woman that had died in the violence that happened during the rally has been criticized.
GoDaddy said it had violated its terms and would have to find another provider. Only a few hours later, the site had a message on it that said that the website was under the control of Anonymous. But Anonymous denied these claims, saying it was a hoax.
A Twitter account linked to the collective said they have no evidence of the group actually being responsible for the hack. Their theory is that the site has issues finding a new domain.
If the Daily Stormer fails to find another hosting service its website will be deleted within 24 hours. The alleged Anonymous message said it would take the site down within the same amount of time.
The group has been known for targeting the KKK in the past and declaring war against Donald Trump. It is known for hacking computer systems to defend human rights, internet freedom and freedom of information. Among other targets they had were ISIL, the Church of Scientology and child pornography sites.