Feeds

Anonymous threat shutters Gitmo WiFi

Legal black hole becomes internet black hole

Protecting against web application threats using SSL

Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, the enclave of Cuban territory leased by the US government, has switched off its WiFi service and cut access to social networks for fear of attack by Anonymous.

The hacktivist group recently set #OpGTMO in train, pledging to “shut down Guantanamo”.

That's probably not a reference to the whole of the Naval base, which the US intends to keep operating. The detention facilities at the base, where many prisoners have been held for years without trial or charge, is Anonymous' target. Several prisoners at the facility are currently on hunger strike, protesting their long detention, often without charge or prospect of trial.

US President Barack Obama pledged to shut down the detention facilities during his first presidential election campaign but is yet to do so. The legal contortions used to justify the prisons' creation and the internees' detentions have proved hard to undo or remake in a timely fashion. Critics also say it remains useful for the USA to keep the legal black hole that is Gitmo alive.

Associated Press now reports that Anonymous' threat has seen the prison shut down its WiFi.

It's unclear why: the naval base does include some housing for military personnel's families, but civilian access to the base is controlled. It's hard to know if that housing is within WiFi range of the prisons, but it seems highly unlikely Anonymous operatives could get anywhere near the base's access points, making an an attack on that vector unlikely.

A ban on social media is easier to explain: who'd want Instagram pics of escaped prisoners roaming the streets if Anonymous does succeed in cracking open a Gitmo prison? ®

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

More from The Register

next story
Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM
Anyone claiming to know before tomorrow is telling porkies
TOR users become FBI's No.1 hacking target after legal power grab
Be afeared, me hearties, these scoundrels be spying our signals
Jihadi terrorists DIDN'T encrypt their comms 'cos of Snowden leaks
Intel bods' analysis concludes 'no significant change' after whistle was blown
Home Depot: 56 million bank cards pwned by malware in our tills
That's about 50 per cent bigger than the Target tills mega-hack
Hackers pop Brazil newspaper to root home routers
Step One: try default passwords. Step Two: Repeat Step One until success
NORKS ban Wi-Fi and satellite internet at embassies
Crackdown on tardy diplomatic sysadmins providing accidental unfiltered internet access
UK.gov lobs another fistful of change at SME infosec nightmares
Senior Lib Dem in 'trying to be relevant' shocker. It's only taxpayers' money, after all
Critical Adobe Reader and Acrobat patches FINALLY make it out
Eight vulns healed, including XSS and DoS paths
Spies would need SUPER POWERS to tap undersea cables
Why mess with armoured 10kV cables when land-based, and legal, snoop tools are easier?
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.