Anyone remember the fun and games that resulted following the publication of the first BNP membership list? If so, you'll also remember the blustering threats of legal action and all kinds of other repercussions from the BNP, despite the well-established fact that senior BNP members had been happily providing Redwatch (a site that exists only to identify and encourage violence against anti-fascists) with pictures and information for years. The hypocrisy of the BNP leadership has no apparent limit.
Nor does that of the English Defence League. Riddled with nazis, football hooligans and BNP members, the EDL has been infesting our town centres for months now, costing those towns a fortune in both protective measures and lost business, while its army of violent thugs rampage through shopping areas throwing bricks and bottles, smashing windows and attacking passers-by while singing 'Allah, Allah, who the fuck is Allah?' and similar pleasant little ditties.
Now the EDL has joined the BNP in having at least some of its supporters named and shamed, following an attack yesterday on its clothing website by hacker's group 'TeaMp0isoN & Mujahideen Hacking Unit'. Readers will recall that the site was temporarily closed recently when it was made apparent that the EDL was suffering from the same disease as the BNP - money was being taken for sales and donations but nobody seemed to know where it went after that. Nicely dressed lad, that Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, by the way. Just thought I'd mention it.
Following the attack, the hackers released the names of approximately three hundred and fifty supporters/donators, prompting many EDL members to advise others via the group's Facebook page to avoid purchasing anything from its incompetent online fundraisers until its 'webmasters' learned to encrypt passwords on the server (rather than leaving them laying around unencrypted for any passing hacker to take a look at).
The EDL have responded in the same way that the BNP initially did a couple of years ago - by claiming that the list is made up (though this was immediately contradicted by an admission posted to Facebook stating that the site had 'suffered a breach' and that some supporter's details had been exposed).
Oddly, for an organisation that seems to loathe the police and the legal system, the EDL has stated that 'we intend to seek prosecution for the criminals involved'. Best of luck with that, guys. Wikileaks might be a bit busy at the moment but once the list hits it or one of its many mirrors, it's up there for the world to see. Forever.