Anonymous vows to attack Federal Reserve
Blames bankers for impoverishing millions
Infamous hacktivist collective Anonymous has served notice that it intends to attack the websites of the Federal Reserve.
The campaign – likely to take the form of denial of service attacks and possibly sit-ins – is in protest at the Federal Reserve's role in the global financial crisis, misuse of US taxpayer funds and supposed role in driving millions worldwide into poverty. The planned cyber-assault is timed to coincide with Flag Day, 14 June.
Hacktivists have christened the campaign Operation Empire State Rebellion. Anonymous is calling for the cyber-protests to continue until Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke steps down, as explained in a video-manifesto (below).
Anonymous began life in the anarchic message boards of 4chan as a protest against the Church of Scientology back in 2008. Its targets since then have included the entertainment industry (and in particular Sony), organisations that withdrew payment facilities from WikiLeaks (Mastercard, PayPal) and HBGary, a security firm that threatened to out Anonymous members.
More recently the loosely knit group has attacked government and police sites in Turkey and Spain over proposed net-filtering laws and the arrest of presumed members of the group, respectively. In many cases these protests have taken the form of denial of service attacks, although there have been exceptions. For example, Anonymous hacked into the websites of both HB Gary and ACS:Law before releasing their email spools as a torrent, much to the embarrassment of the organisations concerned. ®
ANONYMOUS - read this please
As a keen student of the financial crisis, I have to ask why the Fed is even a worthwhile target. The Fed did not create the banking laws that allowed hedge funds to be under-regulated (Congress did). The Fed did not create the mortgage rules for capital and risk management, Congress did, with help from Freddie Mac/Sallie Mae in implementation practicalities. The Fed does not affect the near-criminal operations of Moody's and Standard and Poor's, who continued to write AAA+ credit rating on what was essentially junk repackaged mortgages for 12 years. The Fed was not responsible for punishing those that take advantage illegally of the financial system - the SEC is supposed to do that (and hasn't lifted a finger).
I will not advise on the wiseness of taking such actions as DDoS attacks on anyone, but I will say that should you wish to punish the evil-doers of the financial crisis, the Fed is well back in the line for responsibility. And frankly, punishing the Fed is really punishing American tax payers, because THEY will have to pay to clean up the mess you make, not the people that actually caused or profited from the crisis. Better targets abound, IMHO...
Because the bankers and regulators (who claim to know how it works) did such a good job, didn't they? And how many execs faced censure for their ineptitude? None. Not a one saw their assets seized or faced any form of punishment for their negligence.
At best they just held out their hands, got a fat payment and slid off into post with a different bank/government.
Yet the public, those who earn less in a year than the self-serving bastards make in a day, had their assets reached into and seized. Will the public see any gain from this? Probably not. There'll be some deal so that the banks do not have to "suffer" any more.
The rich robbing the poor to pay...the rich!
Enough to make you puke.
I'm not going to justify what Anon et all are up to but stop a second from bashing them and realise a few things....
What we grew up with, the world we grew up in (most of the posters on here are my age or older I suspect) has gone, forever. In the place of it is this huge uncorordinated, red tape heavy corrupt morass the is undeniably starting to do more harm than good. Everything we do is recorded regulated and mandated. God forbid you are seen to 'suceeed' those above push down harder to keep you down there. This is not make beleive or fantasy, this is fact, go digging and you'll find proof of all of the above.
The Governments and corporations rely on the fact that through apathy and a perceived lack of power though we might not like whats going on, there is nothing we can do about it in our eyes or the eyes of Joe Public. To quote a well known film.. 'truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War, terror' (Yes I know I cut it short)
We've been told the Terrorists are comming to get us (BTW how many times did the IRA ACTUALLY blow us up)
We've been told boogy men lurk round every corner
We've been told to shut up and let the big boys play, you know nothing of banking so dont worry yourself, its all under control...
We;ve been told not to worry about Government, they are all good and they know their jobs.
Dont break the law, but if you gross over XXX we might ignore the fact you do
All along countered with OMG xxx has slept with XXX
Trajedy XXX is back on drugs...
Our Generation has sat back and let this mess happen.
Annoymous, Lolzsec and the rest may well be teen hacktivists, although I suspect the real brains arent. But think of what the hell they have to look forward to going on the course we are heading down now. We've got it bad now, they will have it worse. At least these guys have the balls to stand up and try and actually do something about this mess. Ok they are probobly doing it wrong but they are trying while the rest of us will go back home, flick on the tv and bitch to our SO about how shit the world is. So unless you have a better idea or you can put some effort into making your voice heard maybe lay off of them. Yes I realise its a crying shame you cant get on PSN/ACS Laws site or anything else that is a minor inconvienience to you but tbh, its probobly too late for you anyway. These guys and the legitimate people fighting the system are trying to fix their future, not the one you allowed to be built for you.
Yes I'm hacked of and disillusioned because I'm old/young enough to have seen the transistion to this state.