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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

How dangerous is Anonymous?

From Newser:
Hacking collective Anonymous has taken on the FBI and the CIA, among others—and soon the group could be making its presence known in your living room. The National Security Agency director warns that within the next one to two years, Anonymous could launch a cyberattack that results in a limited power outage, the Wall Street Journal reports. 

Gen. Keith Alexander did not air his concerns in public, but in private meetings including some at the White House, sources say. Other officials are similarly concerned, but some think the possibility is more like three to five years off. Anonymous has never mentioned a power blackout plan, but federal officials believe the group is planning to get more destructive, particularly after Anonymous threatened last week to shut down the Internet during "Operation Global Blackout" on March 31.

 Experts believe the likelihood of such an attack to be low; similarly, an attack on the power grid would produce only limited damage. Grid officials are already adept at fighting regular attacks on their systems, and backup systems are in place in case an attack is successful. 

One possibility discussed by officials: A foreign government or terrorist group could develop the ability to attack the grid, then outsource the job to Anonymous.

Maybe scary?
Well apparently Anonymous has really made it big-time. When you have sort of quotes from the NSA director talking about timetables on an Anonymous attack on the power grid you know that the government thinks of the group as a real threat. But all that bullshit about them doing the job on behalf of a foreign government or terrorist group is stupid. They don't want to be puppets to some crazy douchebags, they want to do their own thing.

Oh Well I guess I'll be ready for a two-hour power outage in the next decade. Big impact on peoples' lives Anonymous.

1 comment:

  1. seems like bullshit fear tactics, generally 80-90 percent effective in ignorant america