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

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
    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.
  • Kamab
    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 =\.
  • antilycus
    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.
  • Other Comments
  • dicfeynman
    no such agency going after no such name.
  • COLGeek
    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.
  • BadCommand
    When I look into the mirror what do I see? Is it me or someone I'm trying to be.