The hacking collective Anonymous on Tuesday declared it will target the “alt-right” movement and white supremacists in its next operation.
“Citizens of the world, we are Anonymous, and we are angry,” an unidentified narrator said in a video announcing “Operation Domestic Terrorism.”
“Anonymous finds it a sad state of affairs that in 2017 we still have Nazi party flags flying high and terrorists killing for the Nazi cause,” they added over footage of last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“Anonymous has made it clear that it will not stand by as this bigotry continues to perpetuate. We are taking a stand against an intolerant evil that must be crushed.”
A source associated with Anonymous told Newsweek on Tuesday that “several teams” were engaged in an operation to “rid the internet of neo-Nazis.”
Newsweek reported that the video appeared after Twitter accounts linked with Anonymous claimed Monday to have downed about a dozen white supremacist websites.
Anonymous stalled the sites using distributed denial-of-service attacks, it reported, with some out of commission for hours and others currently disabled.
The group has also reportedly boasted about such victories in Twitter posts under the #OpDomesticTerrorism hashtag, according to Newsweek.
Anonymous’ video Tuesday additionally derided President Trump for his response to the bloodshed in Charlottesville last weekend.
“And we are angry, angry because there is an administration in the White House that has sold its moral or ethical obligation to represent the citizens of the United States in exchange for individuals who believe themselves to be superior to those who do not look like them or follow their sadistic ideologies,” the clip’s narrator said.
Trump faced criticism from some Democrats and Republicans for not immediately and forcefully denouncing the white nationalists involved in the unrest in Charlottesville.
White nationalists entered Charlottesville last weekend to protest the possible removal of a Confederate statue there, prompting multiple physical confrontations.
One person ultimately died last Saturday when a man drove his car into counter-protesters, while two Virginia State police officers were killed in a helicopter crash related to the chaos.