The cyber vigilantes who gather under the Anonymous moniker recently declared “total war” on Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, although many wondered whether they could possibly do any damage to the teflon candidate. He has a habit of seemingly taking himself down yet still rising in the polls while soaring towards the GOP nomination. Anonymous quietly observed from the sidelines before deciding that traditional political maneuverings weren’t enough to stop a candidate with such divisive viewpoints. The threat was regarded with chuckles, but they’ve made good on their abilities to gather information that Trump doesn’t want out there.
On Thursday, someone claiming to belong to the hacktivist group uploaded the first batch of private Trump data, which could only be the beginning, or perhaps this is all they have. But Anonymous has now proven the ability and willingness to carry out their threats. In the info dump, the hackers posted Trump’s Social Security number and several other bits and pieces, mostly including phone numbers and addresses for Trump and his associates. More menacingly, the list of data includes the names of his children, which are (of course) publicly known, but their presence on the roster only adds to the perceived threat. The group is calling this release part of #OpWhiteRose, and Trump is sure to have a reaction.