Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/02/24/jester_westboro_baptists_anon_silliness/

Jester claims credit for knocking Westboro Baptist Church offline

Tango down, he tweets

By John Leyden

Posted in Security, 24th February 2011 16:08 GMT

Patriot hacker The Jester has claimed credit for denial of service attacks against the controversial Westboro Baptist Church.

The self-proclaimed activist revealed in a twitter update that he had torn into the Church's website in protests against its pickets on the funerals of American servicemen with anti-gay signs. "www.godhatesfags.com – TANGO DOWN. Temporarily. For celebrating the death of US troops – honeypot fail btw" the update read.

The Jester shot to fame with denial of service attacks against WikiLeaks around the time the site released US diplomatic cables late last year.

It's still unclear whether Westboro Baptist Church itself or sections of Anonymous were the first to post threats against the church last weekend. The threats were later disavowed by members of Anonymous as a massive troll and a honeypot operation designed to capture IP addresses for subsequent lawsuits. The assaults on the church's GodHatesFags site have remained ongoing during the week and the site remained unreachable (at least from Europe) on Thursday afternoon.

The Jester is known to have helped develop an application layer attack tool for assaulting jihadist sites, called XerXeS, a utility he has taken to applying to a range of targets, including WikiLeaks, and also, it is suspected, the controversial church, led by fire-and-brimstone minister Fred Phelps. The tool attacks sites at the application level and is therefore more sophisticated than the packet-flooding LOIC that's become the main artillery piece in assaults by Anons against those who have earned the loosely knit group's collective displeasure over recent months. ®