Anonymous Threatens Internet With "Operation Blackout"

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My internet did go out for a time, due to a storm passing by, clearly Anonymous caused that storm.

No internet blackout?

Cool.

teqrevisited:
Come on now, Anonymous, that's just silly. Everyone knows that if you want to shut down the internet you'd have to fetch it down from Big Ben first. They're either going to need security clearance or a few dozen ladders.

just be careful that it doesn't get smashed in a fight between a post-op tranny and her lover...

EDIT: totally quoted the wrong person, my bad lol

This clearly wasn't Anon, this was one guy or a small group trying to get this thing started, hoping to get the massive numbers that they'd need from Anonymous.

If it was Anonymous I would have at least heard about it from someplace other then a news article.

I was pretty sure this wasn't a true Anon plot, never in the past have I seen them say "Here's several days warning on exactly what we intend to do so the targets have time to counteract our intentions, derp!"

Anonymous warnings never detail what they plan to do, only what they want to achieve.

Couldn't help but think of that scene from The Day The Earth Stood Still where the professor is marveling at the titular "stillness" and how he's enjoying the peace and quiet.

Oh Anon, you'll never be nothing more than a massive joke of an "organization" in my eyes. :)

Keep up the good work.

For my part, I didn't even access the internet on Saturday so....

"Looks at video online and realizes that anon bailed at the last second"

Just throwing this out there, when was the last time anon actually followed through on a threat that actually did something of actual impact?

zehydra:

No! Anonymous != "The Internet Community"

I never said it did.

zehydra:

0p3rati0n:

Anonymous has promised to blow up the entire internet at the end of the month.

Aaaaaaand that's where I stopped reading. Whatever level of ridiculousness goes higher than ludicrous, that's what this is.

If you had read a bit further, this is actually doable.

They're not going to blow up the internet, just attack root DNS servers.

Meaning, to get here, you'd have to type in the escapist's IP address, not just the www.escapistmagazine.com URL

My opinion still stands.

Well dang, I don't agree with going this extreme to make a point but had they pulled this off, my respect points for Anon would have been like.. over 9000 or some shit.

0p3rati0n:

zehydra:

0p3rati0n:

Aaaaaaand that's where I stopped reading. Whatever level of ridiculousness goes higher than ludicrous, that's what this is.

If you had read a bit further, this is actually doable.

They're not going to blow up the internet, just attack root DNS servers.

Meaning, to get here, you'd have to type in the escapist's IP address, not just the www.escapistmagazine.com URL

My opinion still stands.

lol, well it didn't happen anyway.

DugMachine:
Well dang, I don't agree with going this extreme to make a point but had they pulled this off, my respect points for Anon would have been like.. over 9000 or some shit.

Why? It's a stupid and immature thing to do to begin with. (in my opinion at least)

April's fools day joke anyone?

I'm a bit dissapointed : (

I don't think it was a "real anon" plot, just some posers out for attention (I know that anyone can be a member, blah blah blah, but it reality it's not that simple), there were too many holes in the plan for it to have been "real anon". But I still hoped it would work. For one thing, the world needs to wake up and realize that the internet is not a constant, and that it is not secure. It needs more protection, and the only way people will realize that, is if it is proved to them first hand.

Secondly, just for the lulz!! It would have been so funny to see how the world reacted. Personally I freak out if the internet goes down for a couple of hours, so seeing it go down for a while, and for everyone, would be very funny! And I'm not even sure if it would be a bad thing: Whenever I'm stuck without the internet, I read, paint, draw, venture outside and talk to real people, it always has a very positive effect on me, even thought I panic at first. Without the distraction of the internet, imagine what we could achieve!!

And if the world does grind to a halt, it should be a warning call to all of us to stop placing so much power in the "hands" of these machines. In the event that we invent AI, do we really want computers having so much power over us, that we can effectively be controlled (Talk about role reversal!!)? I think not. Even ignoring the sifi AI side of it (Cos I'm not sure if that's even possible), having so much controlled by machines makes us a target: The aggressor could be a country, it could be a terrorist group, or (Very unlightly, but still possible) could even be some sort of alien life. Or perhaps there's just some sort of technical screw up somewhere, and everything goes down and can't be fixed.

I know that all of this is really unlightly,but it is it not worth making people aware of the danger, so that preventative measures can be taken? So, I hope that another group will try this again one day, it could have some very beneficial effects. And don't forget about the lulz!! You can't deny that it would be very funny!!

wait so without the internet how will they communicate?

Next week Anonymous are going to increase the emission of carbon dioxide so global warming accelerates even more. That'll teach 'em!

Huh. I go back to work and I miss a perfectly good blackout. Damn.

Oh well. Maybe I'll notice next time.

LOOK OUT GUYS, THEY R LEEJUN!
THEY'RE GONNA GETCHA WITH THEIR 1337 HAXX0R SKILLZ!!!

Honestly, Anonymous is just adorable.
Whenever the slightest thing comes up, they put up their internet tough guy persona, acting like this huge shady organization, when we all know that it's just a disorganized bunch of random people who "represent" Anonymous whenever they feel like throwing a tantrum.

First off, they can't shut down the entire internet.
It could probably be done, but not by some "hacktivists".
Only way they could pull it off is if they had someone on the inside (WHICH THEY MIGHT, WHOOOOO~!)

Second, even if they did, it'd be shut down in less than a day.
Do they HONESTLY think that no one would be able to track them?
I wouldn't be suprised if they've got a bead on them already.

Third, there's their BS philosophy, how "big business is killing America MAAAN". Why are there so few activists who actually focus on bettering the world? Why do they all focus on doing moronic things designed to "shock" people? If you have a problem with something? Go out there and FIX IT. Don't sit back and spew "symbolism" until someone fixes it for you, go be a useful member of society.

And finally, really? Just REALLY? They hope to accomplish something through shutting down the internet? So all of the damage they they'll cause, that's all justified, so long as THE MAN gets the message?

Anonymous isn't some sort of all-knowing boogeyman, they're a bunch of disorganized, petulant CHILDREN.

lordmardok:
-snip-

1. Pointing out the obvious isn't "trolling".

2. Didn't care to read the rest of the thread, just the OP. Despite this being late, my opinion still stands, Anonymous have never pulled off one of these big cataclysmic stunts they keep threatening. And if they do, it has a minimal effect on anything and is shut down in no time.

3. you do know I'm able to see your original post, right? the one in which you called me a twat? The one you promptly hid? I'm not being arrogant if there's no real threat. Anonymous have no power over anything. they don't even have any kind of official sturcture. there's no reason to fear Anonymous any more than your common, run-of-the-mill neckbeard "h4xx0r".

tl;dr
Anonymous is full of crap

I like how every time anonymous have said something and then failed to do it its always "it wasn't anonymous"

Oh look at that april 4 and they didn't do it ^^

Davroth:
April's fools day joke anyone?

Who knew they had a sense of humor?

Then again, since they've BECOME a joke, may as well crack a few, right?

Well that went well.

I would've had to seen it to believe it really, it might've been an interesting diversion for a couple of days, despite all of the costs to businesses all around the world, but hearing about it on television and all of the effects would've been interesting, if not inconvenient.

Does anyone think it is actually possible? As far as I understand the network of the internet, its impossible to take it down without closing down 'every' internet server. If one is still going, then, technically the internet is still going (even though if they got it down to just one, I tihnk that'd be success).

ResonanceSD:
Lol, in other news, space octopi are threatening to conquer Earth on the same day. This isn't going to happen.

"octopuses"

I've been having trouble with in the internet in my college all week, I guess it is just a local problem then, considering everyone else is fine.

BanthaFodder:
LOOK OUT GUYS, THEY R LEEJUN!
THEY'RE GONNA GETCHA WITH THEIR 1337 HAXX0R SKILLZ!!!

Honestly, Anonymous is just adorable.
Whenever the slightest thing comes up, they put up their internet tough guy persona, acting like this huge shady organization, when we all know that it's just a disorganized bunch of random people who "represent" Anonymous whenever they feel like throwing a tantrum.

First off, they can't shut down the entire internet.
It could probably be done, but not by some "hacktivists".
Only way they could pull it off is if they had someone on the inside (WHICH THEY MIGHT, WHOOOOO~!)

Second, even if they did, it'd be shut down in less than a day.
Do they HONESTLY think that no one would be able to track them?
I wouldn't be suprised if they've got a bead on them already.

Third, there's their BS philosophy, how "big business is killing America MAAAN". Why are there so few activists who actually focus on bettering the world? Why do they all focus on doing moronic things designed to "shock" people? If you have a problem with something? Go out there and FIX IT. Don't sit back and spew "symbolism" until someone fixes it for you, go be a useful member of society.

And finally, really? Just REALLY? They hope to accomplish something through shutting down the internet? So all of the damage they they'll cause, that's all justified, so long as THE MAN gets the message?

Anonymous isn't some sort of all-knowing boogeyman, they're a bunch of disorganized, petulant CHILDREN.

I second this motion. I fully agree, they are idiot children.

I never liked Anonymous, for these reasons.

1. You can not have an organization that is fully 'Anonymous'. That allows anyone to use your name for their benefits. I could attack 4chan and claim I was Anonymous destroying all those who prohibit Brony liberation!!! ALL HAIL FLUTTERSHY!!!!

2. They do not think things through. Take piracy for instance, yes EA (and others) do take anti-pirate measures too far sometimes. But they do have the right to protect Intellectual Property. I do not even mean "If you pirate, they go out-of-business", I mean the studios will not have as much capital to invest in their next game. Also, a person (or persons) have the right to ask to be paid for something they create. It is just like if I made a very good table, if another tries to take it away from me, I call the cops and have them arrested.

3. I DO NOT LIKE TERRORIST OR THREATS OF TERRORISM. I know the odds of this being "true" Anonymous are low (see point 1) but the millions of dollars lost would have been devastating to our economy. Again, they did not think this through.

By total coincidence I didn't even try to use the internet that day. How did it go?

anon never delivers they never done anything to deserve their reputation

Gnoekeos:
By total coincidence I didn't even try to use the internet that day. How did it go?

It was a veritable whirlwind of chaos and anarchy, exposing humanity's ugly and disreputable side for the world to see.

In other words, business as usual for the internet.

I'm quoting Yahtzee but let's be honest, these people would be organizing a suicide pact if the internet went down for more than a week.

Bah, won't happen. Even if they decided to go through with it they'd probably just get tired and put it back up after a little while.

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