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Hacktivists Take Down Far-Right English Website, Access Group’s E-Mail

A screenshot of the defaced website
A screenshot of the defaced website

A group of hacktivists, known as the ZCompany Hacking Crew (ZHC), has defaced the website of the far-right English Defense League (EDL) and hacked into the group’s Gmail account. 

“We will chase you, expose your racism and even remove you from the web,” a message from the hackers read.

The defaced website also shows e-mails taken from the EDL’s Gmail account which ZHC claims shows a misuse of subscription fees and harassment of “innocent people.” The hacked now redirects to (Screenshots of the hacked website are available here.)

The EDL is a street movement that sprung up in 2009 following a protest by an Islamist group against returning British troops. It is accused by critics of being racist -- a charge the organization denies -- and Islamophobic.

An activist from ZHC told RFE/RL on Facebook chat that the e-mails show that “the EDL Admins are using EDL funds for their own personal gain and many innocent people are being charged into the EDL fund not knowingly.”

ZHC didn’t provide any details of the nature of the exploit, but did say their team included social engineers and defacers.

The EDL haven’t responded to request for comment. Nor have the owners of the Gmail accounts highlighted on the defaced page.

The ZHC activist said that their group of hacktivists got together in 2008 to protest “oppression in Kashmir.” “We have grown tired of brutality against people in Palestine, Muslims, and the occupation of the Indian Army in Kashmir,” the hacker said. 

The group received notoriety at the end of 2010 for their role in what they described as cleaning up Facebook. The Daily Beast had details at the time:

Soon, a digital flier began to appear on the Facebook walls of groups and pages the hackers say are Zionist, right-wing, and anti-Islamic. Its message: "On the evening of the 31st of December 2010 (New Years Eve), TeaM P0isoN and ZCompany Hacking Crew will clean up Facebook.”

The social network, which now boasts more than 500 million active users, was not doing a sufficient enough job deleting these Pages, it read, "so therefore we are taking action."

Starting at midnight, the two hacker groups—they called themselves “sister groups”—began working in unison. They claimed to have found an exploit—a glitch in the code much like the one Facebook admitted to today. It was unleashed when Facebook updated to its new profiles and the hackers were using it to alter the offending pages so that they appeared blank.


One of the deleted Facebook pages belonged to the EDL.

The EDL has been hacked before. In February 2011, a hacker known as TriCk, a member of TeaMp0isoN, defaced the EDL’s website. In 2010, unknown hackers breached a database containing the personal details of supporters, causing the EDL to apologize.

According to the ZHC, there may be more to come. “Details of supporters and donors of EDL will be made public soon. A racist organization like you don’t deserve to exist. And we ZHC will leave no stone upturned in exposing your lies,” the message from the hackers read.

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Comment Sorting
by: Bill Webb from: Phoenix Arizona USA
November 12, 2012 01:18
Mujahideen, that's like the murderers and killers, like the ones that tried to kill Malala. She will live just to see you idiots go down toilet like Omar and the Taliban.
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by: Mr Ali from: UK
November 12, 2012 14:03
The person who shot Malala was one man. How many Malalas have American Soldiers/Marines/GIs/Generals/Sergeants killed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya - Thousands of Malalas have been shot, raped, burned, blown up, and killed by American and Western Troops. Not to mention Your Israeli friends who have done the same to the Palestinians, Lebanese, Jordanians, Syrians, and many others.
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by: K from: USA
November 13, 2012 01:56
I hope you don't judge about American people based on these soldiers/marines or the imbecile calling himself bill webb.
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by: Andrew from: Auckland
November 13, 2012 12:33
I bet nowhere near as many as the Taliban, Al Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, etc etc etc
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by: A Ali from: UK
November 13, 2012 09:57
Unlike the media or the people who judge all Muslim's by the actions of a few, we don't believe everyone is the same but many Muslim's have suffered and continue to suffer from this 'war on terrorism'. Bring the war criminals who started all this to the hague, Bush and Blair said that history will judge them, where are your wmd? Was killing millions for the sake of democracy worth it? Also when drones kill a child n Afghanistan, Pakistan or Yemen, its not a terrorist who seeks revenge it's the father. I'm against all forms of violence, killing people who kill people makes no sense. Terrorists kill innocent muslim's too but everyone chooses to ignore that because you think our lives have no value over yours. 3000 innocent people died on 911, and millions afterwards in Iraq and Afghanistan but they will be forgotten because they are what you call 'collateral damage', their lives meant something to someone the same way all life is precious. No life is worth taking for the sake of democracy or anything else.
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by: uk from: midlands
November 13, 2012 15:09
It is sad how many innocent people die from all religions in the terrible violence that now envelopes many parts of the world.I have no idea what it like tosuffer the terrible consequences that war brings with it.My heart goes out to everyone whatever their religion.Yes unfortunately we are all tarred with the same brush.You say all muslins but we also are grouped together being Christians.They are being killed in the middle eastern countries just for being Christians.We are a democratic country so our idea of just going into mosques and murdering muslims doesn't enter our mind s.I have many friends off all religions including muslims and I treat them as dear friends.I don't even look at them as different to me.Unfortunately not everybody its the same but that's human nature for you.I only hope they can find a solution so innocent children in these countries can live a life that they are entitled to happy and carefree

by: bob therrien from: usa
November 13, 2012 15:41
how is EDL rascist? is islam a race?....islam is should be called jewhaters instead of islam....someone prove me wrong. hakers should get the death penalty....expecially the ones who steal identities.
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by: graham from: UK
November 14, 2012 02:59
@bob. Well the edl go round attacking nonwhite people and calling people paki's just look at the racist language used by their members in their forums and on their facebook page.

Was hitler and the nazi's racist? I think everyone would agree that they were.
He persucuted innocence Jews which are a religious group but it still made him racist.

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