SOPA: Anonymous Announces Operation BlackoutBy: Zach Walton - January 18, 2012
Anonymous, everybody’s favorite decentralized hacktivist group, has announced Operation Blackout in protest of SOPA.
The group released a YouTube video describing what is their “Most important operation in their history.” What makes this call to action unique is that it’s similar to their Scientology protests a few years ago. The group is not only calling for online protests, but on the street physical protests as well.
This is not only an Anonymous collective call to action. What will a Distributed Denial of Service attack do? What’s a website defacement against the corrupted powers of the government? No. This is a call for a worldwide Internet and physical protest against the powers that be. Spread this message everywhere. We will not stand for this! Tell your parents, your neighbors, your fellow workers, your school teachers, and anyone else you come in contact with. This affects anyone that desires the freedom to browse anonymously, speak freely without fear of retribution, or protest without fear of arrest.
Anonymous seems to be more serious than ever with this latest message because they finally changed their motto to coincide with Operation Blackout.
We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive censorship.
We do not forget the denial of our free rights as human beings.
To the United States government, you should’ve expected us.
The group has put together a press release that they are asking everybody to print out and share around their communities.
Anonymous threats are generally disregarded because their attacks never go beyond simple DDoS attacks. This protest almost feels like the Scientology protests, however, so they may take to the streets as they are implying. It will be interesting to see what happens.