Anonymous is going to reportedly hack President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, according to The Sparrow Project.
Anonymous, the infamous hacker group, is upset with a pending Web security bill. According to Anonymous, if the CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Information Act) is passed it will infringe on online privacy and freedom for Internet users.
In 2012, Anonymous was against SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) and help to defeat it.
The CISPA bill is designed to lower cyberattacks from other countries like China and Russia, but it also makes it easier to share information and data with the Department of Homeland Security.
The Sparrow project posted the following on its homepage:
“At approximately 10:22am EST an email address assigned to a Sparrow Project volunteer received a communique by a party identifying itself as the decentralized hacker collective, Anonymous. The communique details a planned effort by the groups’s affiliates online to disrupt the online streaming and syndication of the President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, scheduled for 9pm EST.”
Anonymous has an active Twitter presence, with a history of nearly 50 thousand posts.
The hacker group, who descirbes itself as “We are Anonymous, We are legion, We never forgive, We never forget, Expect us. As official accounts do not exist, we're an Anonymous account amongst many” on Twitter, has not mentioned anything about hacking the SOTU.
Instead, the group has been focusing on the Christopher Dorner shootout since news broke earlier today that he was involved in an ongoing altercation with police.
Anonymous has taken responsibility for hacking a wide range of American sites like the U.S. Justice Department site and the Pentagon’s website, in addition to targeting websites in other countries like several in the U.K., which were targeted as a protest of the British government’s extradition and surveillance policies. The group simply described the British efforts via Twitter as being "for your draconian surveillance proposals.”
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