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Anonymous Group Squares Off With Westboro Baptist Church Over Aaron Swartz Memorial

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A spectacle of sex, God and hatred broke out in Times Square this afternoon. Dozens of protestors gathered to demonstrate against representatives of Westboro Baptist Church, who were in town, apparently, to protest a memorial honoring the Internet activist Aaron Swartz.

Only two WBC protestors showed up, and were cordoned off in a six-by-six Read More

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Twitter Suspends Anonymous’s Most Popular Account, @YourAnonNews (Update: It’s Back)

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Twitter has suspended one of the Anonymous’s most followed accounts, @YourAnonNews, which boasted almost 800,000 followers prior to its suspension. Some members of the hacktivist collective believe that the account was suspended for its work in helping to organize an operation meant to keep the Westboro Baptist Church from protesting at the funerals of Sandy Hook victims. As Twitter does not comment on the status of individual accounts, Betabeat cannot confirm why the account was suspended. Read More

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Anonymous Plans to Form Human Shield to Protect Sandy Hook Funeral Goers From Westboro Baptist Church

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Anonymous has been hitting the Westboro Baptist Church hard after the hate group announced it would picket funerals in Newtown. The hacker collective has released private information about the church’s most influential members, hacked into its spokesperson’s Twitter account and taken down 19 of its registered domains. Now, Anonymous is planning to take its efforts offline and into the town itself. Read More


Booting Up: Mark Zuckerberg’s Wedding Photographer Also Has a Beef With New Instagram TOS


Instagram’s new terms of service are in need of a simple fix, says Mark Zuckerberg wedding photographer Noah Kalina: “If you want to use me or my work all you have to do is change this clause and ask first.” [AllThingsD]

Wired says it was Cosmo the God who took over a Westboro Baptist Church member’s Twitter feed. So what if his recent probation deal prohibits the 15-year-old hacker from using the Internet without prior consent? [Wired]

Apple asked a federal judge for a permanent injunction against Samsung smartphones. The judge said no. [Reuters]

SpongeBob Diner Dash was pulled from the Apple app store after an advocacy group charged it violated children’s privacy by collecting their email addresses without parents’ position. [NYT]

Share-to-Cheeseburger buttons are coming. I Can Haz Cheezburger launches its own API. [Venture Beat]

Apple is said to be in talks to integrate Foursquare user data into its Maps app. [CNET]

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Anonymous Takes Down Westboro Baptist Church Website


Anonymous is currently executing a distributed denial of service attack (DDOS) on the website of the Westboro Baptist Church, The website is currently inaccessible.

The hacktivist collective launched an operation against the notorious hate group after Westboro announced that they will picket the funerals of victims of Friday’s devastating school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. An Anonymous source told Beteabeat that they intend to continue the DDOS attack throughout the day; he also said that the group plans to gain control of the website and deface it. Read More

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Twitter Account of Westboro Baptist Church Spokesperson Hacked; Teen Hacker Cosmo the God Claims Responsibility

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Anonymous announced its intention to “destroy” Westboro Baptist Church this weekend following news that the group would be picketing the funerals of children who died in Friday’s horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Now, infamous 15-year-old hacker Cosmo the God of the Underground Nazi Hacktivist Group (UGNazi) appears to have joined the fray. The Twitter account of much-reviled Westboro spokesperson Shirley Phelps-Roper has been hacked, and Cosmo is claiming responsibility. Ms. Phelps-Roper is the daughter of Fred Phelps, who is the head of the WBC. Read More


Anonymous Attacks Westboro Baptist Church Over Plans to Picket Sandy Hook Funerals

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The Westboro Baptist Church, widely reviled for its homophobic beliefs and protests of veteran funerals, announced on Saturday that it would picket at Sandy Hook Elementary School following the tragic shooting there Friday that took the lives of 27 people. Members of Anonymous began an operation against the Church to discourage them from protesting at the school and compounding the misery already experienced by Newtown residents. Read More