Anonymous Targets Koch Bros

Website linked to Tea Party-backing brothers attacked
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2011 12:02 AM CST
Updated Feb 28, 2011 6:50 AM CST
Anonymous Backs Wis. Protests, Targets Koch Bros
Jane Pederson, center, of Menomonie, Wis., protests in front of the offices of Koch Industries in Madison, Wis., Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011.    (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Anonymous—fresh from taking down the Westboro Baptist Church—is now targeting the Koch brothers in its support of Wisconsin protesters. The hackers have taken down the website of a free-market advocacy group funded by the billionaire brothers, Gawker reports. Anonymous says "Operation Wisconsin" is payback for the brothers' meddling in state politics.

"Koch Industries, and oligarchs like them, have most recently started to manipulate the political agenda in Wisconsin," Anonymous said in a press release. "The Kochs have helped to fuel the unrest in Wisconsin and the drive behind the bill to eliminate the collective bargaining power of unions in a bid to gain a monopoly over the state's power supplies." Click for more on the hackers' recent activities. (More Anonymous stories.)

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