In the midst of ongoing riots taking place in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists are clashing with neo-liberals, several prominent websites have been taken down, including Daily Stormer, the herald of white nationalist movement.
A post on the Daily Stormer website attributed to the hacking group said that the site was now under its control and that it would stop it posting “putrid hate”. It also suggested that it will release data that had been taken as part of the attack, as well as suggesting it could conduct attacks on its leader.
The site is to remain online for 24 hours “so the world can witness the hate”, the group said. After that it will be shut down forever, they claimed.
Because of the nature of Anonymous – a loosely-grouped organization with which anyone can claim affinity – it’s not possible to verify the claims or even be sure whether the hack was being done by an established account. “We have no confirmation that ‘Anonymous’ is involved yet,” a Twitter account associated with the group posted.
One of the biggest Anonymous Twitter accounts, Your Anon News, said that it didn’t have confirmation the attack was being done by Anonymous. It even suggested that the Daily Stormer itself could have staged the shut-down as a distraction.
The website might have staged the hack because its website was about to be taken down anyway, Your Anon News suggested. The far-right site was told by host GoDaddy that it would be kicked off within 24 hours – and given that it is unlikely any other hosting service would allow it to be a customer, it’s probable the site will disappear.
If the Daily Stormer can’t find another host after GoDaddy removed it, then it’s likely that it would be taken offline entirely. “We informed The Daily Stormer that they have 24 hours to move the domain to another provider, as they have violated our terms of service,” GoDaddy posted on its official Twitter page.
The Daily Stormer post in question denigrated Heather Heyer, a 32-year old girl who was fatally struck by a car driven by a man with white nationalist views, during the Charlottesville protests.She was ridiculed for her physical appearance and what it said were anti-white male views.