Video: Anonymous hacks Westboro Baptist Church website during on-air confrontation

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(CBS) - In what has been a slow-boil, "on-off-on" battle between notorious online hacktivist group "Anonymous" and anti-gay, fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church, it appears a shot has finally been fired.

The Westboro Baptist Church recently made claims that Anonymous is targeting them and has pointed to a letter allegedly written by the group warning of attack against the church if they continue to protest at funerals. Westboro Baptist Church, led by the Rev. Fred Phelps, has drawn much media attention in the past for their fervent anti-gay stance and protests at the funerals of military servicemen displaying that belief.

During a live radio interview on The David Pakman Show, a source claiming to be from Anonymous called in to confront church spokesperson Shirley Phelps-Roper from the Westboro Baptist Church, saying that the letter was not in fact real. The caller then proceeded to hack a Westboro Baptist Church-owned website during the interview (which you can hear at 8:24 in the below video).

So was this "shot" simply a warning or the beginning of a real war now between these two groups?

William Goodman, CBS NEWS

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