Anonymous has U.S. officials worried

The U.S. NSA is worried by Anonymous’ recent rapid growth

February 22, 2012
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Online hactivist group Anonymous has the U.S. based National Security Agency (NSA) worried, with the director noting the rapid growth of the organisation.

General Keith Alexander, director of the NSA, warned that within a year or two, Anonymous could have the ability to create a “limited power outage” though a cyberattack.

While a power blackout has never been a goal stated by Anonymous, the group does have plans to “shut down” the Internet. Operation Global Blackout is set to take place on 31 March, and will likely involve a mass DDoS attack on key areas of the internet.

Power grid officials in the US have said that their systems face attacks of a regular basis, and they have dedicated a “tremendous amount of resources” to repel these attacks.

“There is a recognition that there are groups out there like Anonymous, and we are concerned, as are other sectors,” said an industry official.

Cybersecurity specialist James Lewis agrees that Anonymous is a real threat. “You want to occupy Wall Street? How about turn Wall Street off? Even for a day,” he said.

Read the full story at: Boy Genius Report.

Tags: anonymous, James Lewis, Keith Alexander, NSA

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