Who Did Anonymous Unhood With #OpKKK?

By Sameer Rao Nov 06, 2015

After teasing the drop like a cat owner dangling a toy mouse, hacktivist group Anonymous posted a list of people who were allegedly active members of the Ku Klux Klan yesterday.  

The list went up with a lengthy disclaimer on Pastebin, the same message-posting service where they announced this stage of what they call "Operation KKK" or "#OpKKK."

But the list wasn’t what they’d teased. Instead of 1,000 names, the group posted a few hundred. Additionally, as noted by the Washington Post and the Daily Dot, many of the people listed are already known to the public, such as Don Black, founder of white supremacist website Stormfront. Others may have been working under aliases with their "true identities" not being totally revealed. 

VICE pointed out one error on the list—Ben Garrison, a libertarian cartoonist who had his work altered to include anti-Semitic imagery in a 4Chan attack a few years ago. Garrison told the Post that he is not a white supremacist, and that the 4Chan attack "ruin[ed] my online reputation as well as my commercial art business."

Anonymous, for their part, claimed that they wanted a smaller list so that they did not make any mistakes. They also apologized to people whom they couldn’t confirm as Klan members and to Garrison. 

(H/t Washington Post, Daily Dot, VICE