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Twitter declares war on Anonymous

Twitter has today declared war on Anonymous - the notorious hacktivist ring that claims to be on a mission for a fairer world - by shutting down their main account @youranonnews, which boasts 750,000 followers - due to a violation in their terms and conditions agreement.

It all started few days ago, when Anonymous carried out a cyberattack on Westboro Baptist Church, Memphis, Tennessee after church members decided to disrupt the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting's victims. The religious fanatics showed up in Newtown to celebrate the murder spree because, according to them, it was a mere act of God, upset with the locals for having legalised gay marriages in 2008.

In the attack, not only Anonymous posted on the Internet both private phone numbers and addresses of church members, but also tweeted that they were in possession of their social security numbers. In a final blow, the hackers - who have in the past targeted other religious organisations such as Scientology - also announced they have requested a death certificate for Westboro Baptist Church's spokesperson, Mrs. Shirley Phelps-Roper.

Twitter's privacy rules state that the account holder cannot "publish or post other people's private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, street address or Social Security/National Identity numbers, without their express authorization and permission", therefore we can safely say that the ban is most likely related to the Westboro Baptist Church incident.

So, what happens now? We don't think Anonymous is going to take it lightly, after all, they've been targeting companies and people alike for much less. If Twitter goes down in near future, we already know who's to blame. Is this what the Mayan prophecy was referring to when it spoke of the end of the world as we know it?

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