Anonymous does something…good?

Internet warfare? The WBC website was hacked today and the culprits are more than a little proud. This letter met visitors to the site today!

From The Washington Post:

Anonymous, the loosely organized group of Web “hacktivists,” and the Westboro Baptist Church, known mainly for soliciting publicity through protests at funerals, have been locked in a war of words for the last few weeks. Thursday, Anonymous put those words in actions, taking down the Westboro Baptist Church Web sites. Advantage: Anonymous.

The battle began when a letter posted to, a message board for Anonymous, said the group would go after Westboro Baptist Church for their “unrelenting cascade of disparaging slurs, unfounded judgments, and prejudicial innuendos.” On Sunday, Westboro responded on the church’s Web site, telling the “crybaby hackers” to “bring it.”

A second press release appeared on the Anonymous site implying that the Westboro Baptist Church had a hand in posting the first letter. “You thought you could play with Anonymous. You observed our rising notoriety and thought you would exploit our paradigm for your own gain.”

However, just days later, Anonymous did, in fact, attack the site. During a live radio interview, a member of Anonymous challenged Westboro spokeswoman Shirley Phelps-Roper, daughter of Pastor Fred Waldron Phelps, on the origins of the first press release. Anonymous then said the group had tired of the Westboro Baptist Church’s antics and broken into the site.

“Take this defacement as a simple warning: go away. The world (including Anonymous) disagrees with your hateful messages,” a letter posted to the Westboro Baptist Church’s Web site read.

Phelps-Roper shrugged off the attack, “You cannot shut us up.”

Advantage: no one?