Westboro Baptist Church and Anonymous come to internet blows

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The loosely-knit Anonymous group appears to have launched a distributed denial-of-service attack against websites belonging to a highly controversial American church, after the two launched a war of words across the internet.

Westboro Baptist Church is a small, independent church based outside Topeka, Kansas, which has become notorious around the world for picketing funerals, burning the American flag and its hateful stance against homosexuality.

The group's head, Fred Phelps, has encouraged members to picket military funerals with offensive signs such as "Thank God for Dead Soldiers", claiming that the United States is being punished by God for not condemning homosexuality.

And it is a number of websites run by the church, with hateful names such as "GodHatesFags" and "GodHatesAmerica" that have been disrupted by an internet distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.

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