Anonymous is joining the Occupy Wall Street protestors — virtually — by threatening to “erase” the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on October 10. Anonymous, a loosely-associated group of “activists” (Internet hacker activists) has certainly created a strong record of carrying out their threats, usually involving crippling distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks including taking down the Internet sites of God Hates Fags, Koch Brothers-funded conservative group Americans for Prosperity (AFP), and hacking Bank of America Internet operations, reportedly resulting in accessing evidence of “corruption and fraud.”
It’s not clear if this would just be an attack on the NYSE website or on the electronic communications of the exchange itself. Obviously, an attack on the latter would be a lot more serious since it could interfere with financial market operations.
A spokesman for the NYSE could not be reached immediately.
Meanwhile, The Atlantic Wire posits that this is “probably a fake.” Don’t be so sure.
The video threat (below) states,
Greetings, Institutions of the Media.
We are Anonymous.
The events transpiring within Wall Street have caught our eye.
It seems that the government and Federal agencies enjoy enforcing the law a little bit too much. They instate unjust laws as mindless automatons, blindly following orders with soulless precision.
We witness the Government enforcing the laws that punish the 99% while allowing the 1% to escape justice, unharmed, for their crimes against the people.
We have observed this same Government failing to enforce even the minimal legal restraints of Wall Street’s abuses. This Government who has willingly ignored the greed at Wall Street has even bailed out the perpetrators that have caused our crisis.
We will not stand by and watch the system take over our way of life.
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 October 10th, NYSE shall be erased from the Internet. On October 10th, expect a day that will never, ever, be forgotten.
Vox Populi, Vox Anon.
The Voice of The People is The Voice of Anonymous.
We are Legion. We are the 99%.
We do not forgive. We do not forget.
Wall Street: Expect us.
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