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BREAKING: “Anonymous” Successfully Hacks “God Hates Fags” Websites

by David Badash on February 24, 2011

in Bigotry Watch,News

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“Anonymous,” the Internet hacking activists or, “hactivists,” today reportedly took down the Internet websites of the “God Hates Fags” church, also known as the Westboro Baptist Church. As we reported Monday, Anonymous had reportedly threatened God Hates Fags if the “church” did not comply with their directive to “Cease & desist your protest campaign,” and “close your public Web sites.” Anonymous was claiming the “damage incurred will be irreversible, and neither your institution nor your congregation will ever be able to fully recover.”

Read: “‘God Hates Fags’ Church Prey For Internet Hackers ‘Anonymous’ – Or A Hoax?

For their part, Westboro responded with a long screed, punctuated in large caps with two words: “Bring It.”

But tech sites earlier in the week reported that Anonymous had been calling this threat a hoax, claiming the Westboro Baptist Church group is actually behind the threats, and faked the original open letter to gain publicity.

Anonymous is believed to be behind the take-down of Internet sites for PayPal, Amazon, MasterCard, and Visa that highlighted those companies opposition and termination of business arrangements with WikiLeaks.

The Westboro Baptist Church has been known for its threats, some carried out, to protest funerals, such as those of Elizabeth Edwards, the victims of the recent Tucson, Arizona shooting, soldiers, and the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting.

The Westboro Baptist Church’s websites, GodHatesFags.com, PriestsRapeBoys.com, GodHatesAmerica.com, GodHatesTheWorld.com, JewsKilledJesus.com and AmericaIsDoomed.com are all down as of this writing.

Dangerous Minds posted the screenshot below of the hack on Westboro. Click the image for a larger version.

UK site PinkNews reported a few minutes ago, “The one page of the website that does resolve contains a letter from the Anonymous group that says the church’s website has been “seized by Anonymous under section #14 of the rules of the Internet,” but this is not the case currently.

Politically Illustrated earlier today reported, “If you’re reading this, it means that Anonymous has lost its patience with you, likely because you’ve threatened us again after we denied you a war,” read a statement by Anonymous, posted on a website by the Westboro Baptist Church,” and added,

“Your recent antics to gain media attention for yourself were found to be laughable. In response to your rather poorly-written ‘bring it’ letter, wherein you tried to goad Anonymous into giving you yet more attention by calling us ‘crybaby hackers,’ we wrote, sincerely, a press release explaining clearly the hoax behind the initial declaration of war against your church,” said Anonymous.

“Take this defacement as a simple warning: go away. The world (including Anonymous) disagrees with your hateful messages, but you have the right to voice them. This does not mean you can jump onto Anonymous for attention.”

“God hates fags: assumption. Anonymous hates leeches: fact.”

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{ 59 comments }

Austin Rozzell February 24, 2011 at 9:23 pm

The Internet gods have spoken ,WBC your a stain on humanity, you got what you deserve.

Anonymous February 24, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Its nice of anonymous to clean some hate of the net. Good job!! Howbout rerouting thier website to
an aids based charity.

Anonymous March 6, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Is an AIDS-based charity merely made of AIDS, or is that as opposed to a money-based charity?

Steve February 24, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Hackers are heroes for a change. Good to see someone using their skills to better humanity.

Veronica Davidovich February 25, 2011 at 7:20 pm

You should check out their actions against Scientology. Amazing stuff.

IamLegion March 2, 2011 at 12:42 am

I believe those were the 4chan people, who are normally NOT heroes…

Anonymous March 6, 2011 at 12:39 am

We aren't heroes, really. Its just that, sometimes, our motions happen to mesh with the general public's concept of "right" for a little while. Example: Operation Chanology (the anti-Scientology operation). Our actual reasons for these sort of things are often well outside the spectrum of what the general populace would consider "heroic" — but of course the motive, the action, and the result are often very distinct things.

Our true motivation for acting against Scientology? Their arrogance in the fields of our own expertise (the internets, and the vagaries of the human mind). The action? Global protests, massive media attention for the Old Guard (the people who'd been speaking against them for decades), and a long series of embarrassments. The result? The death of a cult. (Well, it's imminent anyhow.)

In this particular case, however, it must be restated that this is a hoax. The fact that the letter shown by the Westboro owned websites is the very same which we have already called them out on (which fails to meet the usual style and quality of such letters we have actually issued), and the fact that no major limb of Anonymous has claimed responsibility, speak loudly in favor of the hoax case.

More could be said on this, such as pointing out Anonymous' devout belief in freedom of speech, which could be in conflict with an operation aimed at Westboro based solely on their picketing/protesting activities. Of course, there are other things about that group which could (and have at times) earn the ire of Anonymous, but it would be as though whatever "God" may be focused all his/her/its might on a single ant — pointless and ultimately fruitless.

Westboro will be the undoing of Westboro. Ackbar.

Eric Ribellarsi February 24, 2011 at 9:43 pm

This is precisely why if "god" existed, it'd be necessary to abolish him.

Charles Pulliam February 24, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Because a group of people are wrong and hateful god should be destroyed?

Eric Ribellarsi February 24, 2011 at 11:33 pm

You're an idiot.

Orna February 24, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Oh ok

Izro February 24, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Yeah maybe, well it's ok tho like she got undertoma yeah

anonymous February 27, 2011 at 6:55 pm

you're absolutely right.

J.T. April 11, 2011 at 3:17 am

That was probably the most ignorant thing you could say. Just because this group of people feel this way doesn't mean others who believe in God feel the same way, dumb ass.

James February 24, 2011 at 9:47 pm

now they just need to shut down their phones, disconnect their power, and empty out their bank accounts….

Ricky February 24, 2011 at 10:39 pm

now we need them to clean up all of the pics that are posted of them online too. The children of the world do NOT need to see this kind of hatred. I agree with another one of the people who left a post. Drain everything. Shut the haters down. I am all for free speech, but do so on your own account, and dont promote yourself or your view as being truth.

KingWob February 24, 2011 at 11:51 pm

I disagree with this part, Ricky. We need not forget Westboro, lest they spawn again in the future. As painful as some of their rhetoric was, we need to remember how horrible people can be, and warn our children, not cocoon them.

lold February 25, 2011 at 12:23 am

the part where she said the internet was invented for the westboro baptist church made me giggle like a japanese schoolgirl

IamLegion March 2, 2011 at 12:54 am

Don't let Shirley hear you say that – it'll turn her on!

Micah February 25, 2011 at 12:27 am

I hope we (Anon) keep this shit up and literally pwn the fuck out of their existence on the interwebs.

OERN February 25, 2011 at 2:52 am

Anon always delivers.

Tammi February 25, 2011 at 2:53 am

What a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

anon February 25, 2011 at 3:23 am

Anon has nothing to do with it. Google 'jester xerxes'. Read some.

Mouse February 25, 2011 at 8:08 am

Well, the nature of Anon is that everyone is Anon, and anyone can be Anon, there is not leadership. Therefore, that comment is wrong because a. if you look at the jesters twitter he considers himself part of anon b. anon seems to have taken responsibilty for jesters actions within their press release they used to deface website and 3. watch the video!!

xxx February 26, 2011 at 1:54 am

maybe you should watch the video.

anon February 25, 2011 at 3:24 am
IamLegion February 25, 2011 at 2:13 pm

As of 2:12 pm EST, Friday, 25th, all their hate sites are still down.

Emily February 25, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I'm thoroughly enjoying myself imagining the WBC frantically scrambling to regain control of their website, with only the foggiest clue of what they're doing… although I've never seen the WBC site personally, as a rule the more fanatical a religious group is, the less they're likely to be capable of doing anything more advanced than creating some HTML that looks like it belongs on geocities.

IamLegion March 2, 2011 at 8:00 am

Am I the only one ho noticed that their pathetic little "come hither" tactic was also stupidly sexist? (Read the part where it says "Bad miscalculation, girls!"). It's brainless crap like this on top of their general, well, EVIL, that always makes me think they really are doing this to agitate people & then sue when they get attacked. Just how low can they get? We'll be hearing about all the incest/rape of the kids in that "family" next, you know – it's just a matter of time

Kristen Lewis February 25, 2011 at 8:15 pm

She's says "You can't shut us up." I concur dear lady, you ARE rather loud and obnoxious. It would be near impossible to shut you up and far too much effort would be expended on your part in doing so.

Stag February 25, 2011 at 9:32 pm

We do not forget.

Anonym... ? February 26, 2011 at 12:41 am

I´m against hateful sites such as "godhatesfags" as much as the other person but it does not change the fact that Anonymous is nothing but a bunch of obnoxious little brats, it´s people who spend their time on unproductive things, attacking sites and people they have no right to attack, simply with knowledge they acquired for the sole and simple purpose of irritating others. They are like little children throwing rocks at people they don´t like and then hiding in covers when people start to search for them. And yes I know anyone can be Anonymous when I write "them" I am talking about anyone who takes up this mantle since they all take up the blames of those that do assault those who have no blame.

Last time I knew assaults were a thing to be frowned upon, not encouraged.

johnny February 26, 2011 at 2:08 am

It seems the rules have changed. Anon has done some good. Pay attention. You know little.

AwesomePants February 27, 2011 at 2:28 am

I think that Anonymous has done something spectacular.
Considering the WBC, or anyone who supports groups/sites such as "godhatesfags" would never listen to any sort of complaint because they're all closed minded and think that they are just so special because they know "God" (If there is one) and what his wishes are, hacking the site is a good way of stopping the hateful messages spread.
The internet, my good friends, was in all honesty created for one reason and this reason can be found in Avenue Q. It's not meant for some Church to try and make people hate each other. :)

nice February 26, 2011 at 1:05 am

"over 9000 sins"
"internet is serious business"
Stay classy, anon.

God February 28, 2011 at 8:21 am

Why did nobody invite me? :(

Roedy Green February 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm

According to "BrokenLinks" which monitors godhatesfags.com twice a day (among other sites), as of 2011-02-28, godhatesfags.com has been down for 6 days. This suggests either "anonymous" did a royally good job of taking them down, or Phelps and company can't recruit competent help to get them back up.

Shirley Phelps-Roper March 1, 2011 at 7:37 pm

You have warred with the Lord, your God. You have lost already, and you and all other fags already have your places reserved in hell.

IamLegion March 2, 2011 at 7:56 am

& speaking of losers, your sites are STILL down, as they deserve to be! Talk about "God's Judgment"! ROTFLMAO! Keep whining, you impotent morons!

David Badash March 2, 2011 at 7:29 pm

I wasn't aware that Shirley Phelps was in Lodi, California. I would think she would have been in DC awaiting the announcement of her court case. Or at home in Kansas. Or, this isn't really Shirley Phelps Roper, just someone who doesn't have the guts to use their real name.

IamLegion March 3, 2011 at 12:58 am

I would have thought so, too, but the link leads right to the STILL DEFUNCT (woohoo!) hate site. But you are probably right: bigots are, above all, cowards.

IamLegion March 2, 2011 at 12:52 am

Somebody call for the WAAAAAHmbulance for the pathetic, crybaby LOSER!

concerned March 2, 2011 at 11:11 am

These people that support this should be in front of the line of fire from our troups that are fitting for there freedom as much as all of ours. Draft all of them that believe this.

guest March 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Hi. Great work. Our gay son died February 27, 2011 while on foot patrol from an IED. Our sorrow is deep and wide, but our pride in him has greater bounds. He died a soldier of the U.S. Army and he absolutely believed that the Afghani's love their children too. In a day or two we bury him at Ft. Snelling here in his homestate of MN. As a gay MAN he had to put up with type of idiocy these haters spewed in his direction. He got past it and died with his boots on, more than you can about these Kansas idiots. Ain't it all so grand.
A better MAN has passed in defense of our country.

katerina83 June 23, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. Since I can't thank him for serving our country and being openly gay I will thank you! I know it must have been difficult for him but I am sure he was a great man! I hope you and you're family are doing well and I hope you keep sharing this story with others!

Guest March 2, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Today's Supreme Court ruling motivated me to research a little more about the Westboro Church protests. I had conflicted feelings about the website being down because I was interested in finding out the protesters schedule, in order to plan counter protests. Is there any way to find this information? I have a couple of things I'd like to say to these lunatics.

amiworking March 3, 2011 at 9:42 am

"I had conflicted feelings about the website being down because I was interested in finding out the protesters schedule, in order to plan counter protests. Is there any way to find this information? I have a couple of things I'd like to say to these lunatics."

They're most likely still working on repairing the damage Jester/Anonymous unleashed on their servers. It's only been one week. Give it another week or two and they should have their sites back up… unless they decided to go into some covert black-ops mode because they now misconstrued the "Be silent and know" passage in scripture.

BYRON March 3, 2011 at 9:53 pm

GOD HATES FAGS BUT HE LOVES SOLDIERS AND WOULD NEVER DISREPECT THE FALLEN BY HAVING PEOPLE PROTEST AT THEIR WEDDING. I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL SOLDIERS TAKE IT INTO THERE OWN HANDS AND ELIMINATE THOSE CHURCH MEMBERS. THEN WE WILL SEE IF THEY STILL PROTEST

BYRON March 3, 2011 at 10:06 pm

THANK YOU ANONYMOUS. THE TROOPS FIGHT FOR EVERYONES FREEDOM OF SPEECH THATS WHY THIS CHURCH PISSES ME OFF SO BAD. THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO FOR AMERICA AND THE WAY YOU HANDLED IT. WE ALL APPRECIATE IT

GUEST March 25, 2011 at 6:37 am

YES!!!!! America thanks you Anonymous for blotting out the HATE and intolerance ..we GREATLY APPECIATE YOUR EFFORTS ON OUR BEHALF..LONG LIFE TO YOU!!

CJL March 25, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Anonymous, I might not always agree with what you do, but that group of church fanatics is clearly perverted and warped. I thank you for this one justice that you have served the majority of America.

Guest April 4, 2011 at 7:50 am

For all those who are still confused about the difference between hate speech and free speech:
Many people mistakenly believe that all speech is free in this country, but it is not. The founders of this country rapidly saw the ways in which speech could be harmful, and made laws about harmful speech:

If I say I'm going to kill you, that is threatening, and it is against the law in this country.

If I own a bakery, and go around town saying that my competitor's bread is full of worms in order to try to drive her out of business, that is slander, and that is illegal.

If I own a tabloid, and make up a nasty story about a Hollywood star that is so vile that no one will ever want to see his movies again, in order to sell papers, that is libel, and that is illegal.

It used to be that only straight white men had power, and they could say whatever they wanted to whoever they wanted. But as other groups have achieved some measure of power, it has
become clear that words hurt and words kill in other ways than those described above.

Guest April 4, 2011 at 7:51 am

Part 2

On April 6, 2009, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, age 11, committed suicide. He was being teased and taunted at school on a daily basis for being gay. His mother pleaded with the school every
week to do something, but nothing was done. That was the fourth time that year a middle-school-aged child suffered such bullying and committed suicide. And with the Internet, cyber-bullying
and cyber-harrassment have become possible, and people feel free to say even worse things through anonymity than they would to someone's face.

But with all the suicides these past few years due to bullying and hate speech it has become clear that these deadly words cannot be ignored. Cyber-bullying is now illegal in Australia, with a $300,000 fine, and is illegal in several states. Hate speech is illegal on most Internet sites, so Fred Phelps has his own servers, so no one could shut him down except a hacker. Hate speech is NOT free speech; it is designed to do only one thing – make a group of people ashamed, and feel badly about themselves because they belong to a certain group. Well, it works, and it kills people. It does NOT deserve to be protected speech.

Trixi April 12, 2011 at 2:40 pm

What is America supposed to do about the hate against gays or any other group of people? I'm glad that Anon is actually fighting them in his own way. We should all do something to contribute instead of just praising those who do.

Steve April 13, 2011 at 2:36 am

she is so f***ing annoying

@stanhopesbitch April 20, 2011 at 12:48 am

Would it be illegal to stop wgsr47.com? Is hacking legal? This is a smut driven station with two other stations that air at the same time. They have done so much damage in this city, including the Martinsville's commonwealth's attorney, the police and sheriff's office, different competitors, including following a Christian tv station competitor to a football game and egging him on until he snapped. (We all have our limits.) They are now on a rampage against a woman that worked up there for free for months on end. She's a military widow. Is this new rampage against her because she witnessed a drug deal, or that they were doing drugs in front of her during a company picnic, or because she discovered they were all with the KKK? Who knows but I'm tired of them and want them shut down. I don't know if this is legal, I just heard that you all did it to the God Hates Fags people and wondered if you all were bored? The entire city would appreciate it.

SAGACIOUS_SAM July 23, 2011 at 12:22 am

What if Anonymous didn't like the attitudes expressed and implied on your site? Do they have every right in the world to crash it? Is all fair in politics and war? Is it ethical? Do tech geeks have the right to decide if your views are sufficiently discredited that they can veto your first amendment rights?

David Badash July 23, 2011 at 1:16 am

Pretty sure now would be a good time for you to look up "First Amendment."

QuantumVortex July 23, 2012 at 2:33 am

So let me get this right…. These people think it's the work of God and not the devil, since "thou shall not kill"? Looks like the devil's work… since this "church" feasts upon evil, suffering, and pain. This church and website does not praise to God for GOD FORGIVES, but EVIL is what grows with hatred, and fear. I have met many pious people and no SANE or religious person would quote the bible for their wrong doings… doesn't make any sense. These people hate other people, yet it's a SIN to hate others!!! HATING ON OTHERS MAKES YOU A SINNER! Why wish upon suffering for others?! One CANNOT condem another person because that would be like trying to act like GOD!

Instead of spending so much time on hatred… give a piece of goodness to help one another! This world will never evolve if we continue to judge others.

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