29 May 2013
Anonymous, the shadowy global network of computer hackers, has carried out a cyber attack on the English Defence League (EDL) and released member information including names, addresses, and phone numbers. A YouTube video created by the group claimed that the attack was in response to a number of far-right groups, including the EDL, seizing on the Woolwich attack to further their campaigns of “hate, bigotry, and misinformation.”
The video, posted by member IWill Object and entitled “A Message from Anonymous UK to the English Defence League,” warns of future cyber attacks and threatens the EDL with “the systematic and comprehensive decimation of your cult.”
The personal details of EDL members and donors were published online on Tuesday. At least one EDL member has since received threats via calls by “anti-fascists and Muslims” to his mobile phone number since the information was released. The EDL has been particularly vocal in its condemnation of the Woolwich attack, condemnation which it has directed principally towards the Muslim community. The group organized a number of rallies last week, including a high-profile march to Downing Street on Monday which attracted more than 1,000 protestors.