After Shirley Phelps-Roper Tweeted that “Westboro will picket Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment.”, the hacktivist group Anonymous issued a statement that they would seek out and destroy the Westboro Baptist Church. They have reportedly broken into the WBC’s roster and have released names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of the members of this “Church”. The statement and video comes from KY Anonymous, Kentucky’s chapter:
We will not allow you to corrupt the minds of America with your seeds of hatred. We will not allow you to inspire aggression to the social factions which you deem inferior. We will render you obsolete. We will destroy you. We are coming.
This afternoon, when reading a related article on Anonymous’ attack, I discovered that the Twitter for “Shirley Phelps-Roper” is no longer registered to her name. It has been hacked and taken over by someone claiming they are “Cosmo”. The user, whose usual handle is @CosmoTheGod, has taken down the Tweet in which Shirley announced they would picket at the funerals of the Sandy Hook Elementary children, and instead tweeted a link to the petition to classify Westboro as a hate group. If the person who hacked the account truly is “Cosmo”, he is the infamous 15-year-old, part of the Underground Nazi hacktivist group that hacked into NASDAQ.com and CIA.gov in protest of SOPA. Since those infractions, he has been sentenced to probation until his 21st birthday, only able to use the internet with the consent of his parole officer. One tweet from his (Shirley’s) page reads:
@DearShirley COSMO? Cosmo THE GOD? I think this might be a violation of your parole, brah. #soworthit, as Cosmo has of course, been re-tweeting the praise that people have been giving for his actions all day.
The petition listed in “Shirley’s” Twitter profile is on WhiteHouse.gov and asks President Obama to classify the Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group. It is unclear whether Anonymous had anything to do with the starting of the petition, but it was posted on Friday, around the time that Anonymous lashed out at Westboro Baptist Church. It has already received 106,551 signatures, WELL beyond the 25,000 signature requirement for President Obama to view and comment on the petition. Petition here.