March 31st is fast approaching!!! and I am wondering what will happen in regards to internet shut down? according to a post written by Dan Graziano “Anonymous previously stated its intentions to shutdown the Internet as he expands U.S. officials fearful over potential “Anonymous” cyberattacks.
Or is it because of cyber malwares threats many business, fortune 500 companies and government agencies are facing with malware threats and Federal Bureau of Investigation is simply trying to rid of an extremely malicious computer virus?
According to Krebs on Security explains on his website reports that the malware — DNSChanger Trojan — infected more than 4 million computers in more than 100 countries thanks to the work of six men who were arrested in Estonia for the crime in Nov. 2011. Gizmodo reports that the virus causes the user to be sent to fraudulent websites by changing DNS settings and even prevents them from visiting security sites that could help rid them of the virus.
According to a statement released by Anonymous, it is these servers that will come under fire on Saturday, March 31.
Anonymous says they do not intend to ‘kill’ the internet completely, but rather, the end game of Operation Blackout 2012 is a temporary take down of the internet where “it hurts most.” According to the group, the operation is being carried out to: protest SOPA, Wallstreet, our irresponsible leaders and the beloved bankers who are starving the world for their own selfish needs out of sheer sadistic fun, on March 31, anonymous will shut the Internet down. (source)
Excerpt of Anonymous statement:
Citizens of the United States, We are Anonymous.
This is an urgent emergency alert to all people of the United States. The day we’ve all been waiting for has unfortunately arrived. The United States is censoring the internet. Our blatant response is that we will not sit while our rights are taken away by the government we trusted them to preserve. This is not a call to arms, but a call to recognition and action!
The United States government has mastered this corrupt way of giving us a false sense of freedom. We think we are free and can do what we want, but in reality we are very limited and restricted as to what we can do, how we can think, and even how our education is obtained. We have been so distracted by this mirage of freedom, that we have just become what we were trying to escape from.
For too long, we have been idle as our brothers and sisters were arrested. During this time, the government has been scheming, plotting ways to increase censorship through means of I S P block aides, D N S blockings, search engine censorship, website censorship, and a variety of other methods that directly oppose the values and ideas of both Anonymous as well as the founding fathers of this country, who believed in free speech and press!
The United States has often been used as an example of the ideal free country. When the one nation that is known for its freedom and rights start to abuse its own people, this is when you must fight back, because others are soon to follow. Read full Statement
If this latest threat is carried out, it will highlight the significant security risks inherent in the internet as it exists today. According to numerous reports, including those of the head of US Cyber Security General Keith Alexander, infrastructure, commerce and transportation are susceptible to attacks that could damage physical equipment like thousand-ton machines, cause widespread power outages, and affect just-in-time delivery systems that keep food, gas and commerce flowing.
I am not part of any Anonymous organization, below are just my opinions and I believe everyone has a right to their opinions.
If Anonymous is capable of attacking core DNS servers that take down the web, even for a day, it would be a mind blowing internet history and a reality check ummm. I can grasp what would happen, although I can imagine this would be a proof that anything is capable and truly from a non tech geek point of view, we have fringin no idea or concept around the world of internet and its structure and how the overall system has been built!!!!! hey unless you are a tech coder. In my opinion Anonymous may have their own rights, they have their reasons and opinions and I believe what they are doing is at the same time exposiing many holes and cracks. This now starts to expose the dark side of global internet structure system. If such an attack were to take place and executed, Untied States terrorism experts suggest a coordinated take-down of the entire United States could be executed in as little as 15 minutes. WOW Imagine that.