Anonymous Threatens Internet With "Operation Blackout"

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i used to think anonymous rock, they would protest against retarded things so epicly.... but this is fucking stupid. i mean really, what the fuck? i cant even describe how stupid of a protest this is.

anon sorta like Cerberus when i think of it... they used to be the only ones actually doing anything about the messed up things happening with sony and paypal and stuff, now they are just doing stupid shit.

'Cause the best way to get support is to harrass the ones you want support from... *rolls eyes*

Most of the worlds population got no idea/care who anon is, and this will just make anon known as "those dipshits who denied me logging on to facebook" by the general masses. If anyone wondered what happened to EA's crazy pr-department, we all know now: They joined anon :D

People still think Anon is an organisation, not just a tagline people can pick up and say stupid shit. It's a double edged sword. On one hand, 4chan spawns Chanology and that was hilarious, on the other, idiots do this.

I want to see this happen...

No, I don't want the internet to go down...
No, I don't support Anonymous in this action (for once)...
...but it would sure be cool if they managed to do it!

Why do this on a Saturday when everything is closed anyways. Wouldn't it make more sense to do this on a Monday?

You all r the idiots who cares if the internet goes down for a while you all are so stupid you don't realize that they are trying to take our rights away they already tried to take our guns away if you were smart you would realize once one right gets taken away they start to take more and more. There is a reason why terrorists attack America and that is they see the government for who they are . So they will attack civilians thinking it will affect the gov. But they don't care about us all they care about is oil money and of course control. So we should all be thanking anonymous for helping to get people to repose our rights are being taken away so if you want to end up like china then your the idiots.

Does Anon realize that the government could very feasibly just leave the internet down, blame Anon for killing the net, and then slip in some spying code or something while it's down, so that when the government "heroically" restores the internet, we will all be spied on or something?

*/tinfoil hat*

Honestly, Anon...this is just stupid.

Ah, I remember when they said they'd "destroy" Facebook, wipe it from the face of the internet on Guy Fawkes night a while back... yeah, didn't happen.

Not too worried really.

Has it occurred to anyone else that anonymous has no Hierarchy, and thus no one is really qualified to speak for them as a group? That perhaps this is just some guy butt-hurt about Occupy not being in the news anymore?

Anonymous isn't going to target the internet to punish the elites. The net is where they live. This wouldn't be shitting in their own back yard, this would be shitting in the middle of their living room.

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?

You see, this is what I'm talking about. Anonymous have degraded themselves so much because of stupid things like this. They don't care about the people anymore, and quite frankly, I'm not so sure they ever have cared.

Anonymous, please. Stop, just stop. The people have had enough. You just don't represent the people anymore and you're nothing but a complete and utter joke.

Sorry for this rant, but they are just getting on my nerves now.

Note: I'm aware they have said that they are not going to "destroy" or "kill" the internet, but that still doesn't change my opinion of them.

I am sure you never supported anonymous so why the rant about how they NOW doing things you don't approve of?

Jesus Christ guys! Look, I hate SOPA too, but that's no reason to ruin the internet for everyone else!

Anon logic here

-Shut down internet - the primary source of fighting such corruption, which ended up getting SOPA and PIPA killeed.

-Shut down the primary source of entertainment for most of the people you claim to be working for, as well as screw over students and small businesses for the sake of screwing over a few large businesses

-Paint Anon with cyberterrorist/criminal connections, giving the general masses a reason to demand a formal investigation/accept censorship - the kind Anon is fighting against

-Piss off the 99% just to maybe piss off the 1%
________________________________________________________

Forgive me, but if the mafia is going to kill your wife, you don't kill the dons wife and leave a card saying "We cool?".

What they are planning to do isn't going to help their cause, its going to paint them as a serious threat and probably pave the way for legistlation that allows for censorship. Its just stupid

TitanAura:
I am seriously doubting the authenticity of this threat. Seeing as how ANYONE can claim to be anonymous, it doesn't mean the entire collective is for shutting THEMSELVES down. Why in the hell would you attempt to shut down the collective's ability to communicate with one another? How would they know when Operation Blackout is over if there is no set date?

Not only that, but anonymous usually has a habit of claiming credit for an attack *after they've already done it.*

Its also would be highly hypocritical of them to do this since the point of Anonym...

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?

Thank you for saying what I was going to say about them being hypocritical, but you have to remember that Anonymous is not run it is independent people trying to uphold their ideals through the means of hacking, but of course everyone forgets this and instantly jumps to saying that Anonymous is bad, which is incorrect. Anonymous is a idea that people call themselves by to try and do good things.

Versuvius:
People still think Anon is an organisation, not just a tagline people can pick up and say stupid shit. It's a double edged sword. On one hand, 4chan spawns Chanology and that was hilarious, on the other, idiots do this.

Thank you for pointing this out, apparently people don't realize this despite their main slogan.

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Doubt it will do much.

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

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

Thats pretty much it, if it does work just use the ip in the browser for the website oppose to the domain name. its gonna be abit of a ball ache for sure though :)

Serious and Reasonable Response: Please don't do that. We like the internet. And how does kicking the plug out stick it to some suit-and-tie slimeballs?

Panicked Response: OH NO, THE PORN! DON'T DO IT, ANONYMOUS!!

"Wait A Second..." Guy Response: But don't you guys use the internet to coordinate these things? Why would you purposely kneecap yourselves like this?

Actually Serious Response: Please don't do that, Anonymous.

EDIT: This is making me think that Anonymous is made up of the Nosferatu from Vampire: The Masquerade and they're just doing this because someone got close to hacking the Schrecknet.

Wow that's a stupid idea. Targeting sony or a news web sight is one thing, but doing this would immediately piss off heavy hitters like google and facebook. Companies with resource and personnel quite capable of hitting back at Anonymous far harder than anything the government is capable of.

Uber Waddles:
Anon logic here

-Shut down internet - the primary source of fighting such corruption, which ended up getting SOPA and PIPA killeed.

-Shut down the primary source of entertainment for most of the people you claim to be working for, as well as screw over students and small businesses for the sake of screwing over a few large businesses

-Paint Anon with cyberterrorist/criminal connections, giving the general masses a reason to demand a formal investigation/accept censorship - the kind Anon is fighting against

-Piss off the 99% just to maybe piss off the 1%
________________________________________________________

Forgive me, but if the mafia is going to kill your wife, you don't kill the dons wife and leave a card saying "We cool?".

What they are planning to do isn't going to help their cause, its going to paint them as a serious threat and probably pave the way for legistlation that allows for censorship. Its just stupid

Idk... It kind of makes sense. The banks and these corporations aren't the real problem. We are. We are the enablers of this corruption because we let it happen. We do it with our ignorance and our lack of conviction. We do it by consistently choosing distraction and entertainment over anything else. Meanwhile, we will complain about how the world is circling the drain. WE need to change.

Now is this the way to get the word out? Idk. I think it will just piss people off in the wrong way. There have been people that try to get us to wake up and see with more friendly ways for a long time... but nothing works. All our toys are just too damn enthralling and our denials too strong.

Remember, that 1% can't exist without the rest of us holding them up.

viranimus:

Simonoly:

YEH! *fist pump*

Anyone who doesn't know how to work around HTTP protocols is obviously mentally ill and should be shot out of a canon into space!

Yes yes, I get it, well played.

Sorry :-/

I fail to see how "killing" the internet is going to stop the government, the banks, wallstreet, and all the other bad guys that Anonymous has named in this threat. The internet is used by many more people than just those groups. If you do something like this, even if all your doing is making an empty threat, you don't get people to join your cause.

Good I support anonymous, if this shows people what its like to return to good old fashioned pre internet era fun then so be it.

How do I find out the IP's of sites? Just in case.

They have the courtesy to do it on a saturday atleast. If they pull it off it will be a good lesson. It will mean someone less benign can do it too. Adequate security measures are not the responsibility of the intruder afteral.

Shemming:
How do I find out the IP's of sites? Just in case.

open up your command prompt, type "ping www.website.whatever"

and it will give you the ip address.

Though it should be noted that some websites wont let you direct connect to the IP, one such is the Escapist.

They're not going to do it, they're all talk.

Well it's official folks.

Were gonna have SOPA, PIPA and ACTA everywhere in about a week then.

If Anon does this it's just going to embarrass the governments of the world. And governments don't like to be embarrassed. So you can bet your life savings that if this goes through it will be all the excuse people need to police the internet.

Seriously Anon this is just fu**ing stupid.

Let them get on with it. They say this crap but never follow through. Wasnt they supposed to shut down Facebook on Nov 5th? They didnt. They are like an attention seeking kid. They will shut the internet down and a few hours later it will be back again. Big whoop.

It still doesn't sound as annoying as annoying as Kony 2012... that and I'm working on the 31st so I think I'll cope - it would probably do me some good to not have as many distractions =]

Evidently unlike these people, my life does not revolve around or depend upon the internet. So even if they somehow managed to do this: why should I care? Boo-hoo I can't update my Facebook status or be bombarded with spam emails; and I might have to buy goods from real-world shops rather than Amazon.co.uk. Gimme a break...

FelixG:

Shemming:
How do I find out the IP's of sites? Just in case.

open up your command prompt, type "ping www.website.whatever"

and it will give you the ip address.

Though it should be noted that some websites wont let you direct connect to the IP, one such is the Escapist.

Some sites will block ping requests though. A more reliable method is to use the nslookup command:

> nslookup www.example.com

Many sites rely on the actual domain name as part of the URL, so typing in the IP in the browser will often not work. The simplest transparent way of using IP adresses directly is to add them to the hosts file, present on most OS'es. A small guide for Windows 7 here:
http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-7/windows-7-hosts-file/

Adding this line for the www.escapistmagazine.com should bypass DNS queries completely and allow it to be used as normal:

209.34.224.73 www.escapistmagazine.com

In practice all internet applications use direct IPs to connect, which is why DNS services are needed. Using the hosts file simply tells the OS to use that information instead of looking it up on the net.

They always post the technical details of how they plan to enact these things. Has it ever once occurred to them that this tells their targets how to protect themselves?

Feels a little cOLD in here.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.351177-Anonymous-Threatens-To-Shut-Down-Internet-Next-Month?page=1

And, in line with Aegix Drakan's post, I said a similar thing back then as well.

aegix drakan:
Does Anon realize that the government could very feasibly just leave the internet down, blame Anon for killing the net, and then slip in some spying code or something while it's down, so that when the government "heroically" restores the internet, we will all be spied on or something?

*/tinfoil hat*

Honestly, Anon...this is just stupid.

thepyrethatburns:
I would get into how this won't work and the issues with trying to hit the 13 DNS servers.

However, I'll just let you read about the last real attack which shut down 9 of 13 servers.

http://www.sans.org/reading_room/whitepapers/dns/secure-root-dns-servers_991

Honestly, I'd actually be tickled if they did it. What better way for the governments to take full control of the internet? All they'd have to do is keep the servers down while claiming that the attack did more damage than was advertised. (And how would Anonymous claim otherwise?) In the meantime, while the root servers are down, it wouldn't be too hard to either add a few steps to the process to help provide tracking information for who goes to what site or have the servers "accidently forget" the links between the DNS name and the IP address for troublesome sites such as Wikileaks. So, when they start bringing the servers up one at a time (to make sure their new steps work), the governments of the world now have both an internet more to their liking and a patsy to bear the brunt of everyone's wrath.

Hell, thinking about it, most people don't even really know how the servers work. It could be claimed that the servers were damaged beyond repair by the cyber-attack but, fortunately, a number of corporations (such as Comcast or AT&T) have volunteered their servers to be the new DNS servers. Most people would be so grateful to have their internet back that they wouldn't even notice an odd loss of net neutrality.

Honestly, this would be kinda funny in a "wow, you just managed to sink your own cause in one stroke" way.

(Someone then out-conspiracied me by pointing out "Who is to say that it isn't the government posing as Anonymous?" but the point remains.)

ITT: People who are STILL referring to anon as a singular entity. It really isn't. People should really learn that.

dogstile:
ITT: People who are STILL referring to anon as a singular entity. It really isn't. People should really learn that.

*Shrug* They like to refer to themselves as a singular entity when it suits their purpose. Who am I to argue?

thepyrethatburns:

dogstile:
ITT: People who are STILL referring to anon as a singular entity. It really isn't. People should really learn that.

*Shrug* They like to refer to themselves as a singular entity when it suits their purpose. Who am I to argue?

In which case, I am a ethereal being from outer space. You can now refer to me as that, because who are you to argue? ;)

But...but...the new episode of Thundercats is on the 31st!

RAGE AND ANARACHY.

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