Anonymous Hacks Westboro Baptist Church on Live Talk Show

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Anonymous Hacks Westboro Baptist Church on Live Talk Show

Tired of being goaded by the Westboro Baptist Church during a live internet talk show, the online collective known as Anonymous hacked one of its websites in the middle of the confrontation.

The Westboro Baptist Church, the hate-spewing religious organization known for picketing the funerals of soldiers and running such sites as godhatesfags.com, stirred up some attention for itself earlier this week with a claim that it had been threatened by Anonymous, the loosely-organized group known for its attacks against everyone from Gene Simmons to the Tea Party and even the U.S. Copyright Office. But Anonymous denied responsibility, saying the whole thing was a ham-fisted publicity stunt perpetrated by the WBC itself. "When Anonymous says we support free speech, we mean it," the group said in a press release. "We count Beatrice Hall among our Anonymous forebears: 'I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.'"

But poke any bear long enough and it will eventually turn on you, as the WBC found out during the latest episode of the David Pakman Show. Posted on YouTube earlier today, the show featured a "debate" between Shirley Phelps-Roper of the WBC and a representative of Anonymous that unsurprisingly grew rather contentious. The Anonymous rep denied that the group had any involvement with attacks that recently took down various WBC sites, saying it was actually the work of a hacker known as "Jester," while Phelps-Roper was insistent that the whole thing was good for her church because of the attention it brought to its message.

But around the seven minute mark, in response to Phelps-Rogers' statement that Anonymous could not take down its site, the Anonymous rep mentioned that he was working on something; a little after eight minutes, he noted that it had in fact hacked the WBC download site at that very moment and posted a message from the group. "We just did it right now, this very second," the rep said. "You just told us we can't do anything to harm your websites. We just did."

The site, at downloads.westborobaptistchurch.com, is now offline, as are the WBC's other sites, although the Anonymous rep maintained that the group had nothing to do with those attacks. Whether or not that's true, I'm inclined to think that at this point, the WBC has pretty good motivation to quit while it's ahead. And while the site is down, a screenshot of Anonymous' message to the Westboro Baptist Church can still be seen at browsershots.org.

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Expect Them.

For They Are Many.

Shirley Phelps vs. Batman attacking a shark with a lightsaber.

I swear anyone surprised by this needs to check their head for missing parts, after reading some of the things the WBC was saying about Anonymous it was only a matter of time before they got sick of it and went ape on them.

Normally I'm no a huge fan of hacking to make a point, and I'm a big supporter for free speech, but the WBC are just a bunch of crazy dicks and have earned everything that happens to them five fold.

Cuy'vul Dar:
Okay so honestly, this is starting to get annoying. Do we really need a news post about every single move Anonymous makes? Even the stuff Elizabeth Grünewald used to post in the news room is starting to look interesting compared to the constant talk of Anonymous. Are people really that interested in knowing what a group of people on the internet do?

Not trying to be a douche, if I come off as that, just saying that it's slowly getting out of hand.

Actually, I really do care, seeing as some of the stuff they are doing is in defense of the freedom that the internet currently provides, which is in the process of actually being taken away from us. They're working against privatization of the internet, and I want to know what they're doing about it.

EDIT: "quite do"... What the fuck is my mind doing?

And the roar of my LOLs was heard far and wide.

"God will kick his ass"...way to make us Christians look very good and mature. God's not your personal weapon idiots...

This video is amazing. Apart from anything I loved how Anonymous just kept slipping little memes and internet catchphrases into the conversation.

But the WBC woman just seemed like an immature idiot. Especially when she tries to make the Anonymous guy look immature. Its pretty hilarious.

Hahaha, oh, awesome sauce <3

Edit: I love the part where he works memes into the discussion.

CezarIgnat:
"God will kick his ass"...way to make us Christians look very good and mature. God's not your personal weapon idiots...

Agreed. I would like to add that I find the whole situation hilarious.

Whatever else is said, the anonymous representative had an awesome picture.

Anonymous, me and the many of you may not always see eye to eye, but I have to applaud you for this.

sweet, finally an action of Anonymous i can totally get behind. in fact, i wish they'd do even more.

Wow, it's rare that you see these two breds of internet trolls combined in one video.

Over 9000?

That's a pretty high sin-level.

You don't fuck about with people who know how to pull your website down into little binary bricks.

Exterminas:
Wow, it's rare that you see these two breds of internet trolls combined in one video.

The question is, who's cannibalizing who?

By the way, godhatestheworld.com is down.

Stop giving the drama queens the attention they crave and maybe they'll go away.

Ahhh the drama continues. This is better than any soap opera.

It would be nice if Anon or Jester could keep WBC's sites down. Forever.

CezarIgnat:
"God will kick his ass"...way to make us Christians look very good and mature. God's not your personal weapon idiots...

I don't know about that. If I made up a sign that said "I HATE FAGS" and started hanging around funerals, how long would it be before someone beat me up? The fact that WBC members appear to still have their noses unbroken tells me that the God angle is a major weapon in their crusade to troll the real world.


Wolfram01:
It would be nice if Anon or Jester could keep WBC's sites down. Forever.

"It would be nice if the government could keep Wikileaks down. Forever."

You see, the problem with free speech is you can't pick and choose. You have to let the assholes speak because if you have a kill switch, then they'll just redirect their efforts into taking the kill switch and then using it on you.

Once again, the Phelps fail at life.

Their own fault.

Who trolls the trolls? Anonymous. And they always win.

NeedAUserName:
This video is amazing. Apart from anything I loved how Anonymous just kept slipping little memes and internet catchphrases into the conversation.

But the WBC woman just seemed like an immature idiot. Especially when she tries to make the Anonymous guy look immature. Its pretty hilarious.

I laughed out loud when he said he'd committed over 9000 sins in his lifetime. This man is a model if thats the case! Seven sins over the course of his lifetime is just, wow. I'm surprised he's going to hell if he's been that close to the word of god.

Gxas:

Cuy'vul Dar:
Okay so honestly, this is starting to get annoying. Do we really need a news post about every single move Anonymous makes? Even the stuff Elizabeth Grünewald used to post in the news room is starting to look interesting compared to the constant talk of Anonymous. Are people really that interested in knowing what a group of people on the internet do?

Not trying to be a douche, if I come off as that, just saying that it's slowly getting out of hand.

Actually, I really do care, seeing as some of the stuff they are doing is in defense of the freedom that the internet currently provides, which is in the process of actually being taken away from us. They're working against privatization of the internet, and I want to know what they're doing about it.

EDIT: "quite do"... What the fuck is my mind doing?

Alright man, it's just that I feel that we constantly get bombarded with the news of whatever the hell it is they're up to. And I personally feel that it's getting to be a bit too much. I get what you're saying that, in cases such as this one, their cause is for the better good of us all. But do we really need to hear of them doing things such as this? We've already heard it a thousand times. But maybe that's just my thoughts on the whole situation.

'Over 9000 sins' Hehe...

OT: I do find some of Anonymous' actions very much questionable, but I'm with them on this one. It's not helping the WBC, either, that they found their most annoying representative to be sent to be interviewed...

Someone should remind that lady that God's not her personal army.

That's the problem with the WBC though; you really can't shut them up by any legal means. They will not stop spewing their obscene bullshit, and, while they are incredibly loud, and even more ignorant, the one thing they understand is that they are allowed to spew this shit. Kudos to anonymous for (hopefully) making them think about the direct consequences of their actions (however unlikely that may be). Their representative was very patient with her: I am really impressed.

Formica Archonis:

CezarIgnat:
"God will kick his ass"...way to make us Christians look very good and mature. God's not your personal weapon idiots...

I don't know about that. If I made up a sign that said "I HATE FAGS" and started hanging around funerals, how long would it be before someone beat me up? The fact that WBC members appear to still have their noses unbroken tells me that the God angle is a major weapon in their crusade to troll the real world.

Its more the law that is stopping people from killing them or harming them in any way than it is the whole religious aspect.

Despite the world's obvious distaste for their message, assault is still assault.

It's funny listening to this, she is SUCH a FUCKING idiot!!!!

It's getting harder and harder for me not to like these guys...
That said after going to 4chan for any length of time, you kind of start at square one with a disliking of the A word. Can't say I'm disagreeing with their preaching though.

I can't wait to see Anonymous hand her ass to her on a silver platter. Her patronising smile makes me want to gouge her eyes out with an electric whisk.

I usually agree with what anonymous do, but disagree with their methods, but in this case, im behind them 100% of the way, Well done guys, the internet is proud.

Lols, she's actually insane...
That "over 9000 sins" part was pure gold.

"I'm mature, I'm going to interrupt you a lot!" That's really all I got from her.

Sometimes I'm a little annoyed at Anonymous, but man they make me laugh.

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