The posting is blunt and to the point. “Today we have shut down servers, gotten personal information on members of the KKK, and infiltrated your twitters and websites,” it reads.
The video and subsequent posting are from a group claiming to be Anonymous, a loosely organized group of hackers. However, there are questions about the names released Monday – and the hackers that released them. A Twitter account associated with Anonymous, which has been fighting with the KKK for a year, denies responsibility for the names. Rather, the account, @Operation_KKK, says a release of the names is planned for November 5.
Monday’s release included the names of people alleged to be Klan members, including Ocala Mayor Ken Guinn. “I will unequivocally tell you that, that is an absolute lie, that I never have been, and am not now nor will I ever be, a member of that group,” Guinn said at a news conference.
News Channel 8 talked with security expert Kurt Long of Fair Warning in Clearwater about what people should do if ever put in a difficult position online. Long told us it’s important to be vocal and visible to defend yourself.
“My position would be, I’d be up front, out front, saying over and over again, exactly what the situation is. But it’s gonna be an uphill battle,” he said.
Long believes everyone has sensitive information of some kind, that, if released, could cause harm. ”Anywhere the bad guy can get an advantage by getting a vulnerability on you, they’re gonna do that and use that against you,” he said.
Long’s advice: If you give up sensitive info willingly, find out how it will be safeguarded.