The Australian branch of hacking group Anonymous has launched a cyber-war against the Ku Klux Klan after it found out the American white supremacy group threatened Ferguson protesters, which includes Anonymous.

Hashtagging it #OpKKK and #Hoodsoff, Anonymous has allegedly hacked numerous personal accounts of White Knights, as well as their official twitter account @KuKluxKlanUSA, from which they tweeted a picture of a hanged person wearing the notorious white hood only a couple of days ago.

‘KKK, it has come to our unfortunate attention that you have been interfering with Anonymous’, a video published by the worldwide hacker group announces. ‘We are not attacking you for what you believe in as we fight for freedom of speech. We are attacking you because of your threats to use legal attacks against us at the Ferguson protests’.

The infamous White Knights have responded with memes showing Anonymous as mere computer nerds, but the Klan still does not have any control over their accounts.

After some investigation and hacking, Anonymous has been ‘taking the hoods off’ several Klan members by publishing their names and functions as well as screenshots of their personal social media accounts.

On November 17, Anonymous tweeted: ‘Some KKK sites that are down right now.’ None of the websites are working at the moment.

The KKK spread flyers in Ferguson, Missouri, as a second wave of unrest is expected to follow the protests in August, after policeman Darren Wilson shot an unarmed 18-year-old Afro-American man called Michael Brown.

Frank Ancona, imperial wizard of the Traditional American Knights of the KKK in Virginia, claims the KKK has received hundreds of calls from people in Ferguson, who were scared of possible protests, as the ruling of the grand jury which will decide whether Darren Wilson will have to appear in court draws closer.

‘A lot of people are living in fear and you don’t have to let somebody throw a Molotov cocktail at you. There are remedies under the law’, Mr Ancona said. ‘If you read the flyer, it says “defend”, so in order to defend yourself that means you’re being attacked’.

Anonymous, which was set up in 2003 on the website 4chan, mainly fights for freedom of speech and free use of the internet. The group has no significant leader and because of its spread in members, it can be unorganised, but it still manages to air protests and gain fame by their iconic Guy Fawkes masks and their secretive videos.

The ‘hacktivism’ group has targeted other religious organisations before, especially the Westboro Baptist Church because of its homophobic protests.