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Anonymous Hacks Westboro Baptist Church 1061

elashish14 writes "The Westboro Baptist Church stated earlier this week that they would be picketing the funerals of the victims of Newtown Connecticut's tragic shooting in an effort to bring awareness to their hate messages. In response, the Anonymous hacker collective has hacked their website and posted the personal information of all of its members."
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Anonymous Hacks Westboro Baptist Church

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  • Kudos (Score:5, Insightful)

    by benjfowler ( 239527 ) on Sunday December 16, 2012 @08:37PM (#42309609)

    Happy to see Anonymous making themselves truly useful for the first time since Operation Chanology. I can think of nobody more deserving than a kick in the arse than the Westboro mob.

    • by Taco Cowboy ( 5327 ) on Sunday December 16, 2012 @09:06PM (#42309835) Journal

      The one thing those haters from Westboro Baptist Church is after is notoriety - I mean, nobody with a sound mind would do what they are doing.

      By hacking the websites of the Westboro Baptist Church, and by turning this event into a worldwide thing - face it, the news of the hacking of Westboro Baptist Church website has become a sensational news by itself, else /. wouldn't have carried it - what the Anonymous are doing, while still commendable, is to play it into the hands of those haters.

      The best way to deal with haters is to ignore them.

    • by Frankie70 ( 803801 ) on Sunday December 16, 2012 @10:26PM (#42310403)

      See here - http://kanewj.com/wbc/ [kanewj.com]

      They are con men.

      Whether he believes his posters or not is irrelevant.
      He's using this as a moneymaking scheme.
      Lay one finger on him, do one thing that violates him, and he will sue you, and more importantly, the city, the police department, the US Military, and any private property owner he happens to be standing on to make money off of it.

  • by magarity ( 164372 ) on Sunday December 16, 2012 @08:44PM (#42309641)

    these scum do it because they get the attention they want. ignore them, please!

    • by hendridm ( 302246 ) on Sunday December 16, 2012 @09:25PM (#42309969) Homepage

      It's difficult to ignore them as you're walking into the funeral home to say a final goodbye to your child who was just shot in the face at the elementary school they attended.

  • Streisand Effect (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ZombieBraintrust ( 1685608 ) on Sunday December 16, 2012 @08:51PM (#42309665)
    Westboro Baptist Church wins. Anonymous and Slashdot brings more attention to hate group
  • Christian terrorists (Score:5, Interesting)

    by fermion ( 181285 ) on Sunday December 16, 2012 @08:51PM (#42309667) Homepage Journal
    I know that everyone says this is just one family, and not representative of Baptists. OTOH I have seen the control that Baptists can exert, even with unaffiliated churches. For instance several years ago a local baptist church wanted to engage more fully with homosexuals. The local baptists made life sufficiently difficult that it became easier to just drop the word baptist from the church mane. I wonder why the same is not done for Wesboro

    I also wonder how many baptist churches preach against what this church is doing. I mean if a muslim goes out a does something, and every other muslim leader does not immediately condemn the behavior, then all the christians go and condemn all the muslims. So is turnabout fair play?

    I would hope that they find the peace of the almighty and work for peace and acceptance that one's faith is not diminished just because others disagree. We have twenty kids dead because we can't just be peaceful and accepting. Now they want to make it worse.

  • by PolygamousRanchKid ( 1290638 ) on Sunday December 16, 2012 @08:51PM (#42309669)

    . . . if they're alive.

  • by Janek Kozicki ( 722688 ) on Sunday December 16, 2012 @08:52PM (#42309679) Journal
    You didn't mention that thay hacked their website in real time, during a live radio interview [huffingtonpost.com]. Now, that's an achievement.
  • by wisnoskij ( 1206448 ) on Sunday December 16, 2012 @09:13PM (#42309883) Homepage

    Someone should of told Anonymous that it is never a good idea to feed the trolls.
    WBC thrives on negative attention and hate.

  • by davydagger ( 2566757 ) on Sunday December 16, 2012 @09:20PM (#42309933)
    After some further reading the dispute is a little more complex.

    aparantly someone had earlier hacked the WBC, claiming to be anonymous, but it really wasn't.

    Anonymous refuted, and even apologized, and tried to explain this to WBC. WBC, didn't want to back down, and kept talking smack to anonymous, and kept provoking anonymous.

    Today WBC found out what happened when you kick a sleeping bear.

    They were not silenced for the speech, and the WBC does not "win", and this has nothing to do with their ongoing campaign against everything for tollerating gays.

    This his what happens when the sped kid keeps picking a fight with the biggest kid in class, and he finally runs out of patience.
  • by spazmonkey ( 920425 ) on Sunday December 16, 2012 @09:27PM (#42309999)
    There have always been recognized limits to free speech. There are components of that here, especially as WBC doing this has been proven to be not political or religious speech, but simply a business model. They are lawsuit trolls. They go anywhere they can incite people, go to the nearest area to it that has an entity with deep pockets (like universities, etc), and attempt to 'protest' in the least practical and palatable manner, and then file suits against everyone involved. They had at one time roughly 1000 suits going in federal and state courts at any given time there for awhile, I am sure that hasn't changed any.
  • by jowilkin ( 1453165 ) on Sunday December 16, 2012 @09:31PM (#42310025)

    After the Virginia Tech shootings the WBC threatened to protest the funerals. Some radio guy offered to let them have air time in exchange for not doing so.

    As a friend of one of the people killed in those shootings I was very happy the family wouldn't go through this even if it resulted in a sick group like the WBC getting radio air time.

    I think we would be serving the families of these new victims well by making some sort of similar compromise. I doubt anywhere near the number of people listened to that radio interview as would have seen the protests in the news, so I don't think it even helps the WBC cause at all.

  • Very Odd Coincidence (Score:4, Interesting)

    by dynamo ( 6127 ) on Sunday December 16, 2012 @09:54PM (#42310183) Journal

    I realize that it's a different kind of place over there, but either that hack result is fake or there is a LOT of inbreeding going on in that church.. If you look over the list of members, there are 74 listed - and of those 74, there are only three (!) people whose last names are NOT either Phelps or Hockenbarger (or something hyphenated that includes one of those, like "Phelps-Roper").

    So, 95.946% of these assholes are in one of those two families. Sounds like a genetic problem to me.

    • by spazmonkey ( 920425 ) on Sunday December 16, 2012 @10:41PM (#42310489)
      They are all the same families, and the list is legit. You have to remember its a family business, not a church per se. Not only are they all related, they are mostly lawyers. Old man Phelps finally got disbarred, but his offspring and in-laws are mainly lawyers too, and they file for the church now. Its a lawsuit mill, and its a family business. The ones that go out and protest are only the bait to get either adverse crowd reactions and/or official denials of permits so that the lawyers can file suits against cities and universities for either failing to protect their people from crowd harassment or for 'violating their civil rights' for not giving into their usually pretty unreasonable protest demands as to exact time and location. They especially love universities, as invariably there are students that throw stuff at them or spray them with water, colleges are usually for more prone to settle than some other entities, and its a freebie two-fer anyway as there are usually city or county law enforcement involved as well in 'failing' to protect them from that, so they get two entities to sue for damages instead of just one. The 'Church' makes up to several million dollars a year on the settlements to all the nuisance suits, and have hundreds going at any one time, more than 1000 concurrent ones at some points in the past. Its strictly a business model.
  • by HungWeiLo ( 250320 ) on Sunday December 16, 2012 @11:52PM (#42310957)

    There were a lot of Christians on my Facebook feed - none of them extremists or anything, mind you - but they certainly felt the need to tell the world that the shootings were a direct result of removing God from the school system.

    To me, that is intellectually the same as what the Westboro folks believe. Just without the picketing.

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