#OpLastResort Is Anonymous’ Latest Fight Against U.S. Government

By: Zach Walton - January 28, 2013

Ever since the death of Aaron Swartz, hacktivist collective Anonymous has been on the warpath against those it blames for his death. MIT’s Web site was immediately taken offline and defaced in the wake of his death, but now Anonymous is going after a much bigger entity – the U.S. government.

Over the weekend, Anonymous hacked and defaced ussc.gov – the U.S. Sentencing Commission Web site. ZDNet reports that the hack left the Web site unavailable for a number of hours. The Web site has been intermittently down since then. Anonymous also obtained a wealth of classified information that it’s now holding ransom.

The ransom is the central part of #OpLastResort. Nobody knows what the 900 MB encrypted file contains, but Anonymous says that it holds particularly sensitive information. In fact, the group has taken to calling it a warhead, and says it will release the decryption keys if its demands for legal reform are not met.

Here’s the statement that comes with the “Anonymous Warhead:”

Citizens of the world,

Anonymous has observed for some time now the trajectory of justice in the United States with growing concern. We have marked the departure of this system from the noble ideals in which it was born and enshrined. We have seen the erosion of due process, the dilution of constitutional rights, the usurpation of the rightful authority of courts by the “discretion” of prosecutors. We have seen how the law is wielded less and less to uphold justice, and more and more to exercise control, authority and power in the interests of oppression or personal gain.

Since the release of the encryption information, Anonymous has been attacking the Sentencing Commission Web site non-stop. ZDNet reports that Anonymous defaced the Web site a second time, but this time turned it into a game of Asteroids that visitors to the site would play to reveal a message from Anonymous. There was no new information in regards to #OpLastResort as Anonymous is still focused on spreading its “warhead” to the corners of the net.

All of this is still a little unreal. It’s hard to believe that Anonymous was able to obtain any kind of classified information since the group has threatened similar information releases in the past, but never came through in the end. That being said, Anonymous was responsible for the Stratfor dump on Wikileaks so the group has proven that it can grab sensitive information when it really wants to. It seems that Swartz’ death has proven to be quite the potent catalyst for extreme action on the part of Anonymous – extreme action that we’ve not see in quite some time.

We’ll continue to follow this story, and let you know if Anonymous does anything else. The ussc.gov Web site is still down, and it looks like Anonymous isn’t quite finished with it just yet. There’s also reports that Anonymous may be targeting other U.S. government Web sites as well. It seems that #OpLastResort is going to get far more interesting before all of this is over.

Zach Walton

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  • mike wagenblast

    My grandfather said, some 40 years ago, that it was time for a revolution. Good work Anonymous. May the very forces of the universe and the creation of life itself be with us during these times of necessary change. Peace Out, Mike

  • Nahid
  • hondanon

    Great work anons,it’s hard to believe you can potentialy get more “time” for sharing information than you get for murder.
    I hate lies and corruption, and transparency should be the order of the day.
    From what i see and read about the USA tells me that freedoms are being taken from citizens,and yet the citizens do not know???
    Mass media is not covering these stories,,,,,,,,,,,,but what worries me,it that citezens(on the whole) in the USA are conditioned to this corruption and therefore do not know it’s happening.
    Same here in Uk.
    If i mention something that’s not been in the mass media,or on tv news,then i’m made out to look like i’m the mad one!!

  • jeanna

    I’ve known for quite some time that our politicians were liars & our government was corrupt, but I didn’t realize the extent until recently. It would just make me angry to listen to their lies, so I didn’t listen. I knew my vote didn’t count because they’re going to do what they want, so I didn’t pay attention. It seems inconceivable what our government is doing to our country, & how easily it’s hidden from us. The future scares the shit out of me, but I’ d rather be prepared than blindsided. I hope against hope that more people will open they’re eyes, and there’s something that can be done to stop this tyranny. I wish I had opened my eyes sooner. Great work Anonymous.

  • No one in high regards to anything

    You lot do understand that if they do release the information they have, and it does cause a rebellion, it could result in the deaths of millions of people ultimatly, correct? Other Countries could get hold of that and use it against us. I don’t like how they’re going about this, but it’s better than nothing.