Anonymous Threatens Internet With "Operation Blackout"

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Honestly what anonymous are doing is just unnecessary, they are protesting in was that is just going to encourage the States. If the bill passes somehow, then they should take down the internet and see how people feel, then petition the government to amend the bill.

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.

Quoted for excellence. It's only 9:26 am where I am and this is already a good day xD

OT: Anonymous, you're not going to do it. If you do, what will you do all day?

"We're going to protest a couple of people by pissing off the entire world"... I grant you, people got by before the internet, but now that we have it, there's no need for us to do so. I was thinking they'd gone quiet for a while. I guess there's no better cry for attention than this.

And if an Anonymous member reads and takes issue with this: No you can't prove your point by doing anything to me. You're the monarchy of keyboard warriors and you'd only prove my point so kindly get back in your high chair so I can ram a fucking jet engine into your precocious collective faces.

this just pisses me off.

my parents both work over the internet, one supplies quilting supplies to people who order over the internet(my mum), the other one runs a global warming consulting service. if this go's for much more that a few days my mother will have intense trouble earning money.

i would also like to mention that most people in "anonymous" are HUUUGE nerds, and the people who agree to help with this mundane and stupid act of attention seeking are extremists and probably will only piss off all the other members of anonymous as they are not organized ,and anyone can be anonymous ,there is no entry requirements.

1) This is an obvious hoax.

2) What day comes after March 31st? Are you guys really this gullible?

3) Anonymous wouldn't do this; Anonymous LIKES the internet, they wouldn't take it down.

4) Taking down those servers is incredibly difficult. If it was easy to do this sort of thing, someone would have done it long ago. I doubt random script kiddies have the capability of doing so, and I doubt social engineering would work on those servers.

5) This probably wasn't even posted by members of Anonymous, but rather by trolls.

Titanium Dragon:

4) Taking down those servers is incredibly difficult. If it was easy to do this sort of thing, someone would have done it long ago. I doubt random script kiddies have the capability of doing so, and I doubt social engineering would work on those servers.

So, your argument is it is not possible because it was never done?
Go Google for Pakistani attempts to block YouTube and how it blew up global DNS system, please.

http://gigaom.com/video/pakistan-block-accidentally-takes-youtube-down-globally/

Not being informed about it does not make it any less real. Method proposed for this Annon action is also just as real as the one Pakistan wrongly used.

Guys, its a hoax. According to the Anonymous twitter that is.

https://twitter.com/#!/YourAnonNews

Is it just me, or does anonymous sound eerily similarly to the Reapers? >.>

(Though I don't actually buy it)

Captcha: never give up
An inspirational message from your friends at Solve Media.

Go for it. I want to see what it'll be like to have a single day without any sort of connection.

A SOPA simulation.

Aw, man... just another silly hoax. I like the theory of it, though. I was all prepared to start memorizing and browsing by IP addresses. We don't need the domain name service, it just makes the internet convenient enough that any layperson can use it.

...and to anyone who read through the entirety of the article/OP and still thinks "shutting down the internet" is actually what was described in the attack... how do you function? Seriously, that's like someone taking down all of the signs on every highway in world and people thinking the highways themselves are gone.

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.

And I award you one internet on the spot, good sir. To be honest, the Elders of the Internet would also put up quite a fight.

Sunday, huh? You mean April the 1st? Hmm, I wonder whether they're serious about this or not...

Why would they include the info on how they plan to do it? Seems like a Crime 101 lesson that you don't tell the people that are about to get fucked over how you're going to go about it.

It'll be annoying not being able to use it (easily), but I hope they do if it gets their point across. Sometimes they are arrogant pricks about things, but most of the time their agenda lines up with my views. So good luck to 'em. I just think it's a pity they announced it this far in advance.

PrinceOfShapeir:
Somehow I doubt they're going to be able to shut down the entire internet with the wrath of LOIC.

the mere thing that you think they they use LOIC for what they shows how umprepared you are. Sure they have at one point send LOIC copy into public, but thats it.

If they get enough followers they can do it.

Oh and is this why my internet been lagging yesterday? hehe

It's not happening. Those 13 root DNS servers are in 4 different countries and quite a few of those are in universities. Them announcing how they're going to take down the internet gives a warning to people on beefing up their security.

Besides Anonymous said they were gonna hack Fox News' website and the City of Toronto's website. Neither happened. I doubt the internet is going down this Saturday...

What gets me about this which I find just hillarious is, ok if they pull it off and say it only lasts a few hours. Theres tons of people out there with very little to no knowledge of the wider internet and this particular group, what they "stand for" if you can even call it that, or people who just have crappy internet connections anyway

For them it just might be a "huh cant connect to the internet, guess I'll go do something else and come back later"

Take my sister for example, only uses the net for social networking, facebook etc. and knows nothing of how technology works really. So to her, she'll just think its her laptop or router or something, shrug, go do something else for a few hours and come back non the wiser.

Proverbial Jon:

What is this I don't even...

They are going to shut down the entire internet? Is that even possible?

yes and no.

read:
http://compnetworking.about.com/b/2008/11/19/why-there-are-only-13-dns-root-name-servers.htm

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Computer_Networks/DNS
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DTH1337:
So let me get this straight.

Anonymous have been saying that the internet represents their ideals like freedom of speech and whatnot, and this is also the same group that (along with many other groups and websites) opposed SOPA and PIPA because the bills could potentially destroy the internet.

And now they are going to do the one thing that they have protested against?

sometimes doing and presenting the opposite of what you try to avoid can be an effective way to 'get the message' out there.

see :http://www.boreme.com/posting.php?id=17582&page=1 <- its when jamie oliver asked his guest to pick out the male chicken and then proceeded to suffocate them live on tv.
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Blunderboy:
How does this punish the people they are complaining about exactly? I don't think the world leaders spend their weekends playing Starcraft online. Pretty sure big bankers don't spend it making youtube comments too.

but they use it for online banking, stock exchanges... you get the idea. it might fuck up the dollar and euro a bit more.

also:
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In protest of the continuing deforestation, we are going to cut people off from breathing air.

... Morons.

Protest a proposed bill to restrict the internet by "breaking" the internet. Reminds me of a child smashing a favourite toy because they got in trouble for hitting another kid with it.
Bless.

Fenra:
What gets me about this which I find just hillarious is, ok if they pull it off and say it only lasts a few hours. Theres tons of people out there with very little to no knowledge of the wider internet and this particular group, what they "stand for" if you can even call it that, or people who just have crappy internet connections anyway

For them it just might be a "huh cant connect to the internet, guess I'll go do something else and come back later"

Take my sister for example, only uses the net for social networking, facebook etc. and knows nothing of how technology works really. So to her, she'll just think its her laptop or router or something, shrug, go do something else for a few hours and come back non the wiser.

A lot of people thought Wikipedia going black to protest SOPA was literally that the government had shut down Wikipedia, despite the fact that Wikipedia provided a page explaining everything when you tried to visit. The people who want to understand will read the news and find out, and the people who don't will never ever understand or care, no matter what you do.

Proverbial Jon:
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What is this I don't even...

They are going to shut down the entire internet? Is that even possible?

Well... Not really. It's just that you will have to know the ip of the site you want to access. Same way they wanted to block sites with SOPA (and why it would not work). I can confirm that what they are saying is technically possible, but I doubt they really have the resources to do it. They would have to shut off all 13 servers simultaniously, which would be quite impressive.

I remember when the DNS server in my local area was shut down. There's actually a fair amount of things you can still do. Anything that connects directly via IP address (Skype and most games) will still be available, and if you look up the IP address of the sites you need to go to you can still visit them. Either way, I'll be gone that day so oh well.

ResonanceSD:

Bob_F_It:
And the people of Anonymous shoot themselves in the foot AGAIN, because quite frankly this doesn't spread a message; quite the opposite - it stems the flow of information, and people will not know what the fuss is about unless the news tells them.

EVERYTHING WE DO MAKES OUR POTENTIAL SUPPORTERS HATE US!

WHAT DO WE DO?

DO IT SOME MORE! MAYBE THEY'LL CHANGE THEIR MINDS!!!

dumbasses.

They have my support. People don't pay attention unless the issue directly effects them in a way they can understand.

If you say to the average person that we live in an invisible prison where large corporations control governments and everything you do is watched, they would either respond with "that's a load of bullshit" or "I don't care, I can live comfortably".

If the everyone tries to go on the internet and finds it isn't there, calls their ISP or turns on the news to see what is going on, at least some of them will look into the issues more closely.

Can anyone explain to me what anonymous will gain from this?

EDIT: just realized that i will be at my cabin anyways so... at least I wont notice this. I will be without internet for a week :(

It's fairly simple, they're not protesting by breaking the internet, they're putting a temporary block in place for most people, so that people know that it can be taken away at any time.

I'm just looking forward to Santorum's campaign site being redirected to a massive gay porn site, personally. They've not stated any urge to do it, but I think they should.

I guess it would be impressive.
In a "blowing up the moon"-kind of way
Problem is, due to caching and isp-side redundancies, it wouldn´t do much (so the greatest feat in black-hatting ever would thus amount to "mild inconvenience for some people for a short duration").

Unless by "cutting it off" they mean "breacking into all the hundreds and hundreds of distributed clusters and smashing the shit out of them with a crowbar."

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

I think you need to read this.

http://cdn.themis-media.com/media/global/images/library/deriv/72/72749.jpg

But the internet is just a series of tubes according to my politicians. How could you possibly shut all of those down?

Seriously: I really think that's a bad idea. You're hearts in the right place, but this could backfire in a huge way.

According to Anonymous' twitter, as has been posted before, this is a hoax.

so are anonymous now the mysterons or something?

Well lets say they do manage to kill the DNS servers. Don't worry, all of your online games will still function perfectly as they do not utilize the DNS servers, they route via IP addresses to the servers in question (with a few exceptions). As for shutting down the entire internet, they already said they will be killing the primary DNS servers, so switch out to OpenDNS for a while (or just keep it, I did and I love it. No more MSFT DNS server errors).

weirdguy:
my god, we'll have to resort to ip addresses

actually i don't really know how this thing works anyway

Actually that won't work either, at least, it doesn't for me. Comcast has a bad habit of letting their DNS server go down sometimes and even I.P. addresses don't work.

OT: I doubt this will happen. Anon doesn't have enough firepower to take down all thirteen anyway.

Doing this on Saturday? I'll be out anyway.

Go for it, itll be fun to see the fallout afterwards. If the threats legitimate in the first place.

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.

are you quoting the IT Crownd or is it just coincidence. As for anonymus shutting down the internet, I highly doubt it. And from my understanding of it things like Xbox live, PSN, any online game, probaly WOW, would all remian operational becuase (as far as I know) they don't use HTTP, and those are large communities that would quickly fix or find a work around (like IP adresse) to these problems, but I am probably wrong considering my understanding on how the internet works is pretty poor. Not that it matters because the chance of this happening is slim to none, sorta of like the chance of any of you reading this.

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