Feds, Banks Brace as Anonymous Vows Giant Hack Today
Hacker groups plot #OpUSA, say May 7 a 'day to remember'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 7, 2013 7:55 AM CDT
Hackers have warned of a major cyberattack today.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Hackers have spent weeks warning of a giant attack on US government agencies and banks—and today is the day, they say. "Anonymous will make sure that this May 7th will be a day to remember," said the hacker group in a post, per the Huffington Post. The attacks are retaliation for US "war crimes" in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, the group noted. The government is preparing, but it doesn't seem hugely scared, expecting "limited disruptions" and "nuisance-level attacks against publicly accessible webpages."

The hackers are "mostly Middle East- and North Africa-based," according to government documents shown to BuzzFeed. Among the targets of the attack, dubbed #OpUSA, are websites of the White House, Pentagon, FBI, Bank of America, and Chase Bank, HuffPo notes. Major warnings from Anonymous haven't always had big results, according to experts. But "independent of the success of the attacks, the criminal hackers likely will leverage press coverage and social media to propagate an anti-US message," the government documents say.

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May 8, 2013 6:52 AM CDT
These hackers are no more than attention-seeking delinquents who dress up their misbehavior in noble-sounding rhetoric. They probably pulled the wings off of flies and looked up their sisters' dresses when they were kids, and its pretty clear they haven't changed their ways.
May 7, 2013 2:02 PM CDT
Why is "war crimes" in scare quotes? The US government is holding people indefinitely without trial in Guantanamo, in Afghanistan, and probably other places. Even if you're trying to dismiss Anonymous' acts, let's not dismiss the atrocities that the US government is committing in our name. Should we all stand idly by and let this happen?
May 7, 2013 11:54 AM CDT
I see a day coming when suddenly the banks and some government agencies have all of the data on their computers wiped out. Think of the chaos that would cause. I hope all of this data has been backed up in a secure manner, otherwise we would be screwed in multiple ways.