Next Monday will be, in the words of a suitably anonymous video released by hacking group Anonymous, “a day that will never, ever be forgotten”.
That’s because on Monday Anonymous will “erase the New York Stock Exchange” from the internet as part of the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests in the iconic city.
“We will not stand by and watch the system take over our way of life,” the video declares. “We the people shall stand against the government's inaction. We the people will not be witnesses to your corruption and ill-gotten profits. We will not labor for your leisure. We will not assist you in any way.
“This is why we choose to declare our war against the New York Stock Exchange. We can no longer stay silent as the population is being exploited and forced to make sacrifices in the name of profit.
“We will show the world that we are true to our word. On Oct. 10, NYSE shall be erased from the Internet. On Oct. 10, expect a day that will never, ever be forgotten.”
Lofty claims, for sure, and ones that even Anonymous itself has gone on to question.
PCMag.com reports that some Anonymous members have disputed the claims, with a separate message supposedly from the group claiming that that Stock Exhange attack claims are “"a fake planted operation by law enforcement and cyber crime agencies”.
Indeed, other observers have claimed that the call for hacktivists to use the LOIC botnet tool to launch a DDOS attack on the NYSE is quite likely a lure by authorities as LOIC has been blamed with the revealing of the identity of several Anonymous members.