It seems that Occupy Wall Street eventually got the attention of hacktivists too. According to a video allegedly released by Anonymous, the NYSE â€œshall be erased from the Internetâ€ on Oct. 10. A digital flier apparently backs up the story.
However, another message on a content-sharing platform claims the upcoming attack should be â€œtaken with a grain of saltâ€, as the so-called operation Invade Wall Street is nothing more than â€œbullshitâ€. Or, in other words, a mischievous plan concocted â€œby law enforcement and cyber crime agencies in order to get you to undermine the Occupy Wall Street movementâ€.
As I’ve pointed out in a previous post, Anonymous has to deal â€“ once again â€“ with the same fundamental issue deriving from its key characteristic, i. e. anonymity (please excuse my redundancy). It has happened before and it’s most likely that concurrent and contradictory statements supposedly pertaining to the same â€œhacking labelâ€ will keep on being broadcast in the absence of a recognized group leader/spokesperson.
One way or another, as a commentator of the previously mentioned video has emphasized, if Anonymous is planning to take down only the Web site of NYSE, the damage arising from this attack will be limited to the impossibility of getting stock information, while trading will go on as usual. â€œThis is purely symbolic, because it will, hypothetically, get some media coverage. Taking down the website isn’t going to hurt our 401ks.â€ Will this suffice to make a difference?
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