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Meet the hacker who is single-handedly trying to rid the web of racists

Published Oct 23rd, 2015 5:10PM EDT
Hacker Taking Down Hate Groups Sites

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Many of the stories we run on BGR revolve around hacks and security flaws that we believe our readers should know about. Online security is a hot topic in 2015, and you need to have all the tools to keep yourself safe. But every once in a while we have a chance to sit back and admire a hack, rather than run to our computers to change all of our passwords.

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Earlier this week, VentureBeat reported on a hacker known as Amped Attacks who, rather than stealing your credit card data from a national retail chain or releasing data on Ashley Madison accounts, is shutting down websites run by racists, homophobes, and other groups that most decent, intelligent people wouldn’t associate themselves with.

By initiating distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on the websites, he not only takes them offline temporarily, but he also alerts everyone to their existence. We know that bad stuff is out there, but most of us do our best to avoid it.

His attacks began to garner attention when he took down, the homepage of the Westboro Baptist Church, on Wednesday evening with the message: “Just Cause I Can.”

Since then, he’s focused on websites run by members of the KKK, pedophiles and hate groups, and considering the fact that he was active just 12 hours ago at the time of writing, it doesn’t look like he’s going to stop anytime soon.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.