Hacktivist group Anonymous pledged to crash picketing efforts by the members of the hate group Westboro Baptist Church, who had previously warned to picket the funeral of Reddit co-founder and internet activist Aaron Swartz. Swartz committed suicide in his Brooklyn apartment on Friday, Jan. 11,
Anonymous Group has been eagerly involved and is looking forward to seek revenge after the Swartz’s suicide, from proposing a peaceful protest in Washington D.C. on January 25 with the hashtag #OpAngel to stopping the Westboro Baptist Church from protesting his funeral on Tuesday.
A number of people turned up to the funeral home in Highland Park, Ill., on Tuesday, willing to block the way of WBC members and to stop them from getting near to the procession.
WBC was nowhere to be found, when supporters and members of Anonymous showed up.
Westboro Baptist Church in a press release on Sunday announced their plans to protest Swartz's funeral.
Then a video was uploaded on YouTube on Monday, announcing that hacktivists would block any attempt by Westboro to protest Swartz's funeral.
Internet activist and computer prodigy Aaron Swartz, who helped create an early version of the Web feed system RSS, committed suicide in New York City on Jan. 11. The 26-year-old was facing federal criminal charges in a controversial fraud case.
According to the federal indictment, Swartz used MIT's computer networks to steal more than 4 million articles from JSTOR, an online archive and journal distribution service.
JSTOR did not press charges against Swartz after the digitized copies of the articles were returned, according to media reports at the time. Swartz, who pleaded not guilty to all counts, faced 35 years in prison and a $1 million fine if convicted. He was released on bond and his trial was scheduled to start later this year.
Anonymous has previously also taken a stance against controversial protest attempts made by the Westboro Baptist Church. In December, Anonymous called for supporters to head to Connecticut to block WBC members from the funerals of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting victims.