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Tillis denies KKK involvement, Anonymous distances itself from yesterday’s dox

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U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, R-N.C. - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE N.C. GENERAL ASSEMBLY
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  • U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, R-N.C.
We were skeptical. This is why.

The multi-headed, faceless hacker group Anonymous continues to distance itself from yesterday's leak, in which a hacker who bills himself as Amped Attacks dumped a mess of data on a website often used by Anonymous, alleging that a handful of American politicians, including U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, the Republican from North Carolina, were involved with the Ku Klux Klan

The leak came as the hacktivists claimed they would out 1,000 Klan members on Thursday as part of an action called “HoodsOff,” coinciding with last year's protests in Ferguson and Guy Fawkes Day. Anonymous began targeting the hate group after KKK members reportedly threatened lethal force against Ferguson protesters last year. Per the Operation KKK Twitter feed: 


Tillis did not respond to the INDYs repeated requests for comment Monday, although the senator's office told WLOS in Asheville that the claims were untrue. 

Meanwhile, Anonymous said it had nothing to do with Amped Attacks’ attack, and that it had not released anything about KKK members—yet. Amped Attacks apparently did not meet the crypto-anarchist group’s standards for publication. 


Amped Attacks, meanwhile, said he had nothing to do with Anonymous, but like them, he respected his comrades’ work. 


Still, despite the denials of basically every named politician and at least some of the private citizens on Amped Attacks’ supposed KKK list, he stands by the veracity of his work. He claims he hacked the KKK’s website to find the list of names he published. (And yes, we are presuming that he is, in fact, a he.)  Per the website TechCrunch: 

The list, which can be found on Pastebin, is unconfirmed although Amped Attacks claims to have cross-referenced KKK databases with public email addresses for the public figures in question.

“I worked for nine days to gather and verify all the information that was gathered before its release. I got the information from several KKK websites when I [hacked] them and was able to dump their database. I went through many emails that was signed up with these sites and a few of the emails that sparked my interest was the ones of the politicians in question there would be no reason for them to be signed up on any KKK website unless they supported it or was involved in it.”

And, for good measure, he took credit for taking down the websites of both the KKK and the Westboro Baptist Church. 

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