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NSA Implies Anonymous Plan to Attack U.S. Power Grid

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They apparently don't realize we've seen Live Free or Die Hard.

In what a more cynical observer might deem a transparent attempt to justify prosecuting the group without having to adhere to normal law enforcement restrictions, the National Security Agency has privately begun to suggest that the hacker collective Anonymous is a terrorist organization. That news is the result of reports from anonymous insiders who have stated that in several White House meetings, NSA director Keith Alexander has claimed Anonymous may soon have the capability to attack and bring down sections of the U.S. power grid.

Though the NSA has not publicly confirmed these reports, suggestions that Anonymous may have graduated to super villain status dovetail nicely with recent accusations of increasingly aggressive action by the group. Anonymous' activity has typically focused on leaking embarrassing information about entities such as banking and financial companies, but they have recently been accused of planning a shutdown of the Internet on March 31st in which is allegedly called Operation Global Blackout.

Anonymous has issued an unambiguous denial of any involvement with such a plan. "GlobalBlackOut is another Fake Operation," the group said on their Twitter feed. "No intention of #Anonymous to cut Internet."

Likewise, the group has also denied the NSA's claim that they intend to take out the infrastructure on which their computers depend. "Ridiculous! Why should Anonymous shut off power grid? Makes no sense! They just want to make you feel afraid." The NSA has declined to comment on the matter, and likely would bristle at comparisons to claims made in 2003 that Iraq possessed weapons of Mass Destruction.

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    rawful , February 24, 2012 3:35 PM
    I feel like they are planning on disrupting the US power grids themselves and are preemptively painting Anonymous as the scapegoat to justify whatever ridiculous laws they will implement as a result.
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    Kamab , February 24, 2012 4:04 PM
    The real issue is why are our power grids designed in such a way that they could ever be subject to cyber attacks.

    Most likely the answer is they are not, and if they are =\.
    #youaredesigningitwrong
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    antilycus , February 24, 2012 4:51 PM
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    officeguy 02/24/2012 7:19 PM

    Take Anonymous down for good!! They think they can play God on networks. You cant justify what they do. Try me. I am sure some of you have some good excuses for them. Yeah, they did do some good stuff but they did alot more bad stuff. Like I said they cant play God. By the way, show your faces you bunch of cowards. Don't hide behind your computer. The real world is out there.


    Hiding their face isn't stupid, it's smart. Standing up for something they believe in, instead of just crying about it, is smart. If more people would've done this to start off with, the US GOVT wouldn't be as worthless as the people that vote for them.

    Most of ALL OF THE PROBLEMS we have in this country is because people don't want to lift a finger, much like yourself. You just want to complain, blame someone other than yourself and think the grass is greener on the other side. Not that you would actually bother doing anything to make it greener.

    Unfortunately, voting isn't doing anything. How much more proof do you need that the voting system is rigged. Just look at what happened in MAINE these past few weeks. MAINE GOP called Mitt Romney the winner, while it has been PROVEN that they didn't count ANY of the delgates that Ron Paul won and one delegate had to delay voting a week due to weather. But don't worry... your political party can be trusted. :sarcasm:

    Occupy Wallstreet is probably the most important stand up against the political complex since hippy's were actually hippys (and since have sold out to what they once fought against). To point the finger and say "these guys are stupid" is simple buying in to the exact system that the Republicans and the Democrats have put us in.

    So if you want to blame someone, look in the mirror. Get out of your house and stand up for what you believe in...otherwise SHUT UP.
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    dicfeynman , February 24, 2012 3:14 PM
    no such agency going after no such name.
  • 20 Hide
    COLGeek , February 24, 2012 3:21 PM
    This just doesn't fit the Anonymous agenda and seems to me to be off base. Sounds more like smoke and mirrors, or simply uninformed government knuckleheads.
  • 5 Hide
    BadCommand , February 24, 2012 3:28 PM
    When I look into the mirror what do I see? Is it me or someone I'm trying to be.
  • 20 Hide
    rantoc , February 24, 2012 3:31 PM
    I don't believe their that stupid, more like nsa wants a more founds using scare tactics like they always have while the politicians ofcorse grants more access to the taxpayers money!
  • 25 Hide
    rawful , February 24, 2012 3:35 PM
    I feel like they are planning on disrupting the US power grids themselves and are preemptively painting Anonymous as the scapegoat to justify whatever ridiculous laws they will implement as a result.
  • 24 Hide
    Kamab , February 24, 2012 4:04 PM
    The real issue is why are our power grids designed in such a way that they could ever be subject to cyber attacks.

    Most likely the answer is they are not, and if they are =\.
    #youaredesigningitwrong
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    jhansonxi , February 24, 2012 4:24 PM
    KamabThe real issue is why are our power grids designed in such a way that they could ever be subject to cyber attacks.Most likely the answer is they are not, and if they are =\.#youaredesigningitwrong
    Considering the state of the power grid it wouldn't take much to disable it. There hasn't been much grid improvement since the 2003 blackout.
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    drwho1 , February 24, 2012 4:24 PM
    I simply don't believe this nonsense.

    "The NSA has declined to comment on the matter, and likely would bristle at comparisons to claims made in 2003 that Iraq possessed weapons of Mass Destruction."

    This in the other hand (although it was proven FAKE) it had a more believable story.

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    Microgoliath , February 24, 2012 4:28 PM
    Fake, nuff said.
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    bak0n , February 24, 2012 4:29 PM
    That makes no sense for them to do. Why would they intentionally take out the power to people that support them? They'd do more harm to their cause than good and they are smarter than that.
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    monsta , February 24, 2012 4:31 PM
    Labelling them as terrorists is a sneaky move, and making up stories like this makes the NSA look really stupid.
    Another FAKE...
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    dormantreign , February 24, 2012 4:38 PM
    The US most likely will shut off power to areas then blame it on anonymous and that will put the US Gov't where they want to be.
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    supall , February 24, 2012 4:44 PM
    Before anyone starts shouting FAKE and its stupid for anonymous to take out the power grid, I think many of you are forgetting Anonymous is a collective group consisting of members from around the world. They are not all in sync with each other and it is very conceivable that factions within Anonymous, who have no ties to the US power grid, would like to attempt a US blackout.

    There's enough hate within Anonymous to do just about every possible stupid thing imaginable and their actions come at the cost of the innocent people who would suffer from their actions (ie hacking into accounts, selling cc info, releasing secret documentation that put others at risk, etc).
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    antilycus , February 24, 2012 4:51 PM
    Quote:
    officeguy 02/24/2012 7:19 PM

    Take Anonymous down for good!! They think they can play God on networks. You cant justify what they do. Try me. I am sure some of you have some good excuses for them. Yeah, they did do some good stuff but they did alot more bad stuff. Like I said they cant play God. By the way, show your faces you bunch of cowards. Don't hide behind your computer. The real world is out there.


    Hiding their face isn't stupid, it's smart. Standing up for something they believe in, instead of just crying about it, is smart. If more people would've done this to start off with, the US GOVT wouldn't be as worthless as the people that vote for them.

    Most of ALL OF THE PROBLEMS we have in this country is because people don't want to lift a finger, much like yourself. You just want to complain, blame someone other than yourself and think the grass is greener on the other side. Not that you would actually bother doing anything to make it greener.

    Unfortunately, voting isn't doing anything. How much more proof do you need that the voting system is rigged. Just look at what happened in MAINE these past few weeks. MAINE GOP called Mitt Romney the winner, while it has been PROVEN that they didn't count ANY of the delgates that Ron Paul won and one delegate had to delay voting a week due to weather. But don't worry... your political party can be trusted. :sarcasm:

    Occupy Wallstreet is probably the most important stand up against the political complex since hippy's were actually hippys (and since have sold out to what they once fought against). To point the finger and say "these guys are stupid" is simple buying in to the exact system that the Republicans and the Democrats have put us in.

    So if you want to blame someone, look in the mirror. Get out of your house and stand up for what you believe in...otherwise SHUT UP.
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    mikemp3 , February 24, 2012 5:03 PM
    Anyone whom takes a negative stance and or action to or against the USA (Gods on there side) is a 'Terrorist' by definition. God wills it.
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    gm0n3y , February 24, 2012 5:04 PM
    The government really is just throwing around these accusations to train and gain more powers. Sad that this is the norm.
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    nekoangel , February 24, 2012 5:05 PM
    rawfulI feel like they are planning on disrupting the US power grids themselves and are preemptively painting Anonymous as the scapegoat to justify whatever ridiculous laws they will implement as a result.

    There are already laws in place that will the government to list those affiliated with such kinds of cyber attacks as terrorists and how terrorists are treated.
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    fracture , February 24, 2012 5:25 PM
    They're gonna cause rolling brown outs and jack up electricity prices. Then blame it on "anonymous". That's what they did during Enron days. These trolls sure are good at trolling us.
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