February 23, 2012
Anonymous Calls NSA Chief’s Claims ‘Fear-Mongering’
The infamous international hacker organization Anonymous has countered the recent remarks of US National Security Agency (NSA) chief Keith Alexander who claimed that the group would soon be able to cause mass power outages.
In a snarky Twitter post, Anonymous turned the table on General Alexander writing: “Why would Anons shut off a power grid? There are ppl on life support/other vital services that rely on it. Try again NSA.”The group also went on to accuse the security director of “alarmist rhetoric & fear-mongering.”
A separate response on the blog AnonOps read: “Ridiculous! Why should Anonymous shut off power grid? Makes no sense! They just want to make you feel afraid.”
The acerbic responses came after The Wall Street Journal published a summary of an analysis prepared by General Alexander for the White House and other security agencies. While Alexander has not yet publicly explained his specific concerns about the vulnerability of the nation´s power grid, he has been increasingly vocal in recent months about the potential vulnerability of key computer networks to hacker attacks.
After rejecting Alexander´s statements, Anonymous went after the Journal, staging a so-called “comment flashmob” that urged its supporters to flood the newspaper´s Facebook pages with comments denouncing the article.
Already on the radar of U.S. security agencies after its 2010 support of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Anonymous rocked the intelligence world in January when it flexed its cyber muscles by temporarily shutting down the FBI and Justice Department´s websites. It stated that the attack was in retaliation for the forced shut-down of the popular BitTorrent site MegaUpload.
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