Anonymous Divided over Wall Street Hacking
Anonymous – or what now seems like a portion of them – recently announced that they would be targeting the New York Stock Exchange website as of October 10th, urging fans of the group and its members to download their DDOS software and to activate it on the designated day. However, it’s now emerging that other members of the collective arn’t exactly behind the idea, stating that they wouldn’t be pledging their support for the attack.
The anons have split it seems down Twitter lines, with one group, @Anoncentral saying that they would be making the DDOS attempt, while @Anonops has previously said they won’t be. The former account has since asked the latter, “So protesting against Mastercard, Visa, PayPal is not a terrorist threat but protesting against NYSE is a terrorist threat? Explain Anonops.”
They have yet to reply, though a pastebin posting has shown up which reads:
“We are Anonymous! Recently something very disturbing has come to our attention. You must take all notices and information claiming to be ‘Anonymous’ with a grain of salt. Consider EVERYTHING,” it says.
“Operation Invade Wall Street is bullshit! It is a fake planted operation by law enforcement and cyber crime agencies in order to get you to undermine the Occupy Wall Street movement. It proposes you use depreciated tools that have known flaws such as LOIC. Anonymous would never tell you to use LOIC – Not after the arrests and failures of Operation Payback…”
This split shows one of the disadvantages of such a fluid organisation as Anonymous. In previous months, their leaderless-ish design has helped the group remain maleable, even after some of their higher profile members were locked up. Now though, it seems that either the claims about law enforcement attempting to entrap Anons are true, or there is a real split in how people feel they should be making their statements about Wall Street.