If you have been paying attention to the news of the cyber world for the better part of the year, then you will have no doubt heard about the series of online attacks targeting high companies and even several institutions of the U.S. government. The key perpetrators to these series of attacks are three hacktivist groups Anonymous, LulzSec and AntiSec. It's been a while since any significant news were brought into the media's attention about these hacking collectives but it seems that one of the trio, Anonymous is up to something again.
Notorious hacking group Anonymous released another press release announcing that the group and other cyber liberation organizations will "peacefully yet forcefully" hold a protest all across the United States. Anonymous dubbed the said protest as “Day Of Vengence” and it will take place on several cities nationwide on September 23, 2011 at around noon. See the poster below that is seriously lacking on the design department for details.
Anonymous claims that this particular protest is a retaliation move against the police instigated violence that took place on September 20, 2011. Allegedly, the NYC Police Department roughed up and arrested several independent journalist, confiscated media equipment and used excessive force in order to apprehend many innocent protesters, many of whom were allegedly subjected to physical abuse. According to Anonymous, the police department should be protecting the protesters, not harass or abuse them.
In addition to the protest held all across the U.S., Anonymous and other cyber liberation groups will be doing what they do best, launch a cyber attack. The hacking collective will be launching a series of cyber attacks that will be targeting various institutions. According to the press release of the group, the main targets will be the Wall Street, Corrupt Banking Institutions and the NYC Police Department. Anonymous is encouraging the media to follow a Twitter account (@PLF2012) where the group plans to publish ongoing reports during that day.
Read Anonymous' full press release here.
Now many would think that this particular threat is nothing more than a juvenile prank (which is possible since pretty much anyone can claim to be "Anonymous"), but if you have been paying attention to the cyber attacks committed for this year alone, you know that these guys do mean business. Anonymous, together with LulzSec and AntiSec has a track record that proves that these guys are indeed competent hackers. Over the year 2011 alone, they were able to successfully launch an attack against big corporations such as Sony, AT&T, Apple, Universal and several gaming studios. Government agencies such as the Spanish Police's website, FBI, CIA, United States Senate and NATO were not even spared.
The vicious exchange between the hacking groups and the law enforcement agencies have been going on for quite some time. The typical cycle pretty much goes on like this: a corporation or institution gets attacked, the police arrests several suspects. In retaliation to the arrests, the hackers will target more government institutions which sets the cycle once again. One can only expect that things will only get worse once September 24th comes. [via TechCrunch]Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback