It's either the mother of all coincidences or a transparent effort to save face by a humiliated neo-Nazi.
Shortly after being informed by host GoDaddy that their neo-Nazi website is being taken down, The Daily Stormer suddenly posted an article purporting to come from the hacktivist group Anonymous.
First, the GoDaddy announcement, which came late Sunday night. It was prompted by a backlash against the site for posting a piece that disparaged Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer based on her physical appearance.
Then, early on Monday morning, The Daily Stormer suddenly released a post claiming to come from Anonymous.
THIS SITE IS NOW UNDER THE CONTROL OF ANONYMOUS
WE HAVE TAKEN THIS SITE IN THE NAME OF HEATHER HEYER A VICTIM OF WHITE SUPREMACIST TERRORISM
FOR TOO LONG THE DAILY STORMER AND ANDREW ANGLIN HAVE SPEWED THEIR PUTRID HATE ON THIS SITE
THAT WILL NOT BE HAPPENING ANYMORE
WE HAVE ALL OF THE DETAILS ON THE SERVERS AND WILL BE RELEASING THE DATA WHEN WE FEEL THE TIME IS RIGHT
WE HAVE ALSO GATHERED LOCATIONAL DATA ON ANGLIN HIMSELF AND ARE SENDING OUR ALLIES IN LAGOS TO PAY HIM A VISIT IN PERSON
THIS EVIL CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO STAND
IT TOOK A UNITED FORCE OF ELITE HACKERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO BREACH THE SYSTEMS AND THE FIREWALL
WE HAVE HAD THE DAILY STORMER IN OUR SITES FOR MONTHS NOW
THE EVENTS OF CHARLOTTESVILLE ALERTED US TO THE NEED FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION
WE WANT YOU NAZIS TO KNOW: YOUR TIME IS SHORT
WE WILL ALLOW THE SITE TO REMAIN ONLINE FOR 24 HOURS SO THE WORLD CAN WITNESS THE HATE
THEN WE WILL SHUT IT DOWN
HACKERS OF THE WORLD HAVE UNITED IN DEFENSE OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE
YOU SHOULD HAVE EXPECTED US
No member of Anonymous has yet claimed credit for the attack, with one prominent Anonymous Twitter account openly speculating that the hack is in fact a hoax.
Among the telltale signs that the hacking story may not be on the up and up: It gives The Daily Stormer a 24 hour timetable to find a new website, which would have been an odd request for Anonymous to make but perfectly fits the timetable established by GoDaddy; it makes Anglin seem heroic by claiming that Anonymous is "sending our allies in Lagos to pay him a visit in person," and it claims that they are motivated by a desire to defend "the Jewish people," which conveniently allows Anglin to point to this incident as further proof of his belief in a global Jewish conspiracy.