After a Missouri chapter of the Ku Klux Klan issued a threat towards protestors in Ferguson, Mo. on Saturday, the hacker group Anonymous retaliated by seizing @KuKluxKlanUSA, a prominent KKK Twitter account with nearly 1,800 followers.

Sunday afternoon the account boastfully scoffed at Anonymous' hacking threats, but just two hours later, the account was in their hands. In a strong tweet, Anonymous announced the seizure:

It was earlier reported that the Missouri chapter of the KKK had been handing out fliers threatening to use "lethal force" against protestors:

"Attention: To the terrorists masquerading as 'peaceful protesters': You have awakened a sleeping giant. The good people of St. Louis County of all races, colors, and creeds will not tolerate your threats of violence against our police officers, their families, and our communities. We will not sit by and allow you to harm our families, communities, property nor disrupt our daily lives. Your right to freedom of speech does not give you the right to terrorize citizens."

As of 9:50 p.m. ET, Anonymous' tweet from @KuKluxKlanUSA had not yet been deleted. But with both groups trading barbs, there's a real possibility that this hack-job is just the beginning.

[via zdnet]