News Technology -A message purportedly posted by hackers has appeared on the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, saying the site has been taken over in response to a post criticising a woman who died during violence at far-right rally in Virginia over the weekend.
The post on the website’s homepage said the international hacking network Anonymous had taken control of the site, which was founded and is edited by Andrew Anglin, who endorsed Donald Trump for president.
On Sunday Anglin published an article criticising Heather Heyer, who was killed at a white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.
The web-hosting company GoDaddy said on Sunday it had given the Daily Stormer 24 hours to move its domain to another provider, after the article denigrating Heyer was published.
Your Anon News, one of the biggest Anonymous-linked Twitter accounts, said on Monday that it did not think the hack of the Daily Stormer had been perpetrated by an established member.
“We have no confirmation that ‘Anonymous’ is involved yet,” it wrote on Twitter. Furthermore, the account suggested the post may have been a Daily Stormer stunt.
The post in the name of Anonymous claims the website will be shut down within 24 hours, but this was almost inevitable considering GoDaddy’s withdrawal of support.
“Looks more like a [Daily Stormer] stunt,” the Your Anon News account said. “Wonder if they are having issues finding a new host.”
Heyer, a legal assistant who had championed civil rights issues, was killed on Saturday when a car ploughed into a crowd of protesters who had assembled to challenge a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.
The post on Monday said Anonymous had taken over the site in Heyer’s name, stating she was a “victim of white supremacist terrorism”.
“For too long the Daily Stormer and Andrew Anglin have spewed their putrid hate on this site,” it said. “This evil cannot be allowed to stand. It took a united force of elite hackers from around the world to breach the systems and the firewall.
“The events of Charlottesville alerted us to the need for immediate action. We want you Nazis to know: your time is short.”
Anonymous is a hacking collective that grew out of the internet forum 4Chan in the late 2000s. It has become well known for a series of high-profile cyber-attacks on political, religious and corporate organisations, including Islamic State, the Westboro Baptist church, PayPal, MasterCard, Visa and Sony.
The loose international collective structure means that, while some operations have appeared to be coordinated efforts spanning actors in several countries, anyone can mimic Anonymous’s trademark Guy Fawkes masks and style with little to disprove it as an action of Anonymous.
Anonymous describes itself as an “internet gathering” with a “very loose and decentralised command structure that operates on ideas rather than directives”. This essentially means that anyone could claim to be part of Anonymous. At the same time, anyone who operates as part of Anonymous can perform actions that others in Anonymous are not party to.
Various offshoots of the main Anonymous collective also exist including various country-specific and alternative groups such as AnonSec and GhostSec, which often claim affiliation with Anonymous.
source : https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/aug/14/anonymous-hackers-take-over-neo-nazi-website-daily-stormer-charlottesville-heather-heyer