Anonymous Threatens Internet With "Operation Blackout"

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I'll believe it when I see it...

Of course, they won't actually do it. Without the internet what would they do? They'd have to go outside or something! XD

Yeah, im going to be at a convention so I'm not gonna give a damn about this. but are they painting themselves as the villian instead of the vigilante heros. Lawmakers can use it as leverage against them to pass bills that we don't even want. thats in it seems a little hypocritical to limit the flow of information.

It's entirely possible but not probable. Hey if it happens maybe I'll get a few days off of work.

Hey, uh, Anonymous...

I do agree with some of the stuff you've said and some of the actions you've done. It's not fair for sites to call Copyright on stuff that is protected by Fair Use, and the governments do tend to overreact a bit and it is nice to knock them down a peg or two.

HOWEVER.

Some of us have shit to do on March 31st. You know... important shit? The world has gotten to the point where we revolve around the Internet; taking it down for a day is certainly going to make an impact, but it's not going to be pretty.

And trust me, the minute the Internet comes back up, everyone's not going to shower you praise for 'enlightening' us. Rather, you're going to have the combined forces of the offline and online world wanting to lynch you.

And rest assured, if you do do this, Anonymous, I'm the guy tying the noose.

I guess I could go outside that day or do something, gasp, productive.

BaronIveagh:
In theory it is possible. But no one has ever actually done it, so it's unknown if it will work.

Yes, it would be difficult to pull off, but it is highly plausible. As far as I'm aware there's no real way to defend against this type of attack...

It would be vastly stupid to do it. No real message will be put across other than Anonymous is trying to assert power, and that we're all too dependant on the HTML internet. Whole businesses could fail because of it.

Lovely. Now I need to go snag the IP addresses for some sites I like to visit. Hooray.

regardless of the "message" they're sending or whether or not this is just april fools fuckery, i'll say it again, these are the guys we're supposed to point to and say they're fighters of justice. and nevermind what its actually going to do to the world if its down for a few days. Nah, its alright to instill absolute anarchy and disrupt trade and business, that wont be an issue at all.

You can say what you want, but its getting harder and harder to fight against something like SOPA when the alternative voice of the people who do is this.

OK, so to punish SOPA and Wallstreet - affairs of the U.S. might I remind you - they're going to take it out on the entire world? And innocent cilivians too, including people who have an exam next week, empoverished kids in Africa who travelled miles to use the one computer at school, etc. Oh, and what about important data transfer that doesn't have to do with selfish moneygrubbing, such as medical information exchange or soldiers on the battlefield relying on satelite uplinks to detect enemy troops. There are quite a few things that could potentially go horribly wrong. So to summarize, Anonymous are now terrorists, cyber and otherwise. Fantastic... >.>

Jaeke:
Okay kiddies, we can see you.
Put your arms down and go back upstairs and sit in your room.

Seriously... just, why?

All this would do is prove that Anonymous are a bunch of douches and they would lose the little support they still have.

From their point of view it would show just how much impact tampering with the internet via law would have, by making painfully obvious how dependent we have become on it.

There's no point making clever, unique, character-driven comics if I can't post them to the Internet afterwards! Now I have to make REAL friends!

Here's to hoping that their plan to re-instate the Internet works just as well as their plan to shut it down.

So, you snot-nosed little kids are going to "shut down the Internet" and expect us to blame somebody else? Punks.

But i'm supposed to be watching a 24 hour live creature stream tomorrow :(. WHY?!?!

It is technically possible, and theoretically not that hard, but I'm very much hoping there's more than enough counter-measures against these sort of stuff. Also, why protest SOPA, something we've pretty much beat, and not ACTA, which is much worse and still relevant? I like the idea of such a massive protest, but there has to be better reasons for it...
Also, remember what all those sites shut down voluntarily? That's a whole lot better. I get the feeling Anon wanted to encourage people to do that again, except nobody really cares about Anon's agenda.

Well I have to admit I am curious if they could actually do it. I would be pretty much unable to do any of my classwork that day and it wouldn't really help them in fighting their self-earned internet terrorist stigma by committing an act like that to get their way...

But despite all that I am curious.

If it does happen everyone just type into your browser: http://74.125.128.139/

that will get you to google.com

the question is when you click a link in google does it do a dns search or does it just take you directly to the ip address associated with the link? Because if google turns around and makes a dns query to get its link to work then using the search engine won't work

evilneko:

There is however a way ISPs could make such a short attack meaningless: increase the cache and TTL values on their own DNS, so that they don't have to go to the root servers.

Exactly, you beat me to it.

Also, one would hope that the root DNS servers have seriously good firewalls as well as failover servers - they'd have to cover for the eventuality of the building a root DNS server is in catching fire, so there must be some heavyweight failover system located elsewhere for each server.

By announcing this so far ahead of when they're claiming to do it, surely all it does is give the admins of the root DNS servers lots of time to double-check and beef up security? Unless all Anon are planning is to attempt some massive DDOS attack on all 13 servers at the same time? I can't see that being even remotely possible.

My prediction: nothing will happen, other than news networks having a field day, spouting made-up 'facts', hauling in laughable 'experts', and probably predicting the end of technology as we know it and a return to the dark ages.

But... Saturday is when the new episode of My Little Pony premiers!

OT: What exactly are they trying to accomplish here? How is it going to accomplish anything in the astronomically unlikely event that it actually works? I think this is just a bid for attention since Anon hasn't been up to any shenanigans lately and are feeling ignored. Keep ignoring them and they'll go away.

Does this mean i get to run around the streets, painted grey, yelling at the top of my lungs, "IM THE F*CKIN SAMMICH FAIRY", on Saturday?

If all hell breaks loose i mean. What? Dont look at me like that! Would you rather i riot with the rest of the losers?

GeorgW:
It is technically possible, and theoretically not that hard, but I'm very much hoping there's more than enough counter-measures against these sort of stuff. Also, why protest SOPA, something we've pretty much beat, and not ACTA, which is much worse and still relevant? I like the idea of such a massive protest, but there has to be better reasons for it...
Also, remember what all those sites shut down voluntarily? That's a whole lot better. I get the feeling Anon wanted to encourage people to do that again, except nobody really cares about Anon's agenda.

As has been said, this was originally put forward by the NSA, not Anonymous. The 'Anonymous' announcement magically appeared after the NSA warned the US Congress that Anonymous might do something like this. So there's sort of a Chicken-Egg-Spook thing here where it's not clear if it's Anonymous, someone copycatting Anonymous, or the NSA making their threat assessment look realistic.

I think I speak for everyone when I say
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You post detailed instructions to how your are going to attack a global means of economic / informational / entertainment trading on a public site where anyone, including those that have the ability and technical know how to stop it, can read it.

Really?

Go back to attacking one group at a time ............. at least them we have only one reason to hate you.

Well... At least I won't have an excuse to not paint my TK models if they pull this off...

Captcha: am I happy?

You trying to tell me something there? O.o

Just saying, 'APRIL FOOLS!'

???

Seeing as I'm a little bit stupid in regards to computer machines and electric stuff, this might sound like a dumb thing to say, but, if you are smart enough you would still be able use the internet, correct? We better get researching before it's too late in that case.

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.

FUUUUCKIIIIING NINJAAAAA

Damn you.

Anonymous shuts down Internet.
World productivity soars.
Independent news sources are eliminated.
Online activism ceases to exist.
Governments and Corporations of the world thank Anonymous.

if this doesn't force someone to get rid of these assholes i don't know what will

pretzil:
Just saying, 'APRIL FOOLS!'

???

..............I like it.

You know what happens when the internet goes down? I go to the pub. If they keep it up for a few days, I'll be spending a few days in the pub. So no great loss at all really.

Idlemessiah:
You know what happens when the internet goes down? I go to the pub. If they keep it up for a few days, I'll be spending a few days in the pub. So no great loss at all really.

That all depends on the cost of a pint... I mean you could be pretty broke after 20 or 30 beers if it lasts a while... :P

Oh yeah, I forgot about this bullshit. Look if they couldn't even keep their word to take down fox news and Facebook I doubt that they'll take down the entire internet.

well good luck to them, anything to show that the people holds power over the government is a good thing, I just hope the media dosn't twist it to portray them as "terrorists".

"thank god they passed NDAA, otherwise we wouldn't have caught the terrorists taking away your precious internet"

>:(

Well, shit.

Good thing I have all that porn on backup... I MEAN, I HAVE NO PORN ON MY COMPUTER!!!

The day before April fools day? I think this is a set up for a bad prank.

And besides, time will tell if it'll work. I know these guys mean business but I've also seen "We'll getcha we're anonymous" threats be just a bunch of hot air as it turns out it wasn't reallllly from them

lol, hopefully they take the internet down right as BioWare takes the lead in the MM.

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