With a call to arms on their site, Anonymous is looking to hack tonight’s broadcast of President Obama’s State of the Union address. Under the banner of “ANONYMOUS call to immediate action” on their website Anonrelations, the hacktivist collective is looking to score a huge coup against the most highly visible target on earth. The mission, which the group is referring to as #opSOTU, would require an incredibly ambitious hack of transmissions from broadcast feeds including ABC News, Yahoo News and the White House. Realistically, I just don’t think they’ve got the stones to pull it off.
Maybe I’m coming off a bit like that doubting pirate in the movie “Hook” and I’ll wind up in the “boo box” over this, but the enormity of that hack seems a bit out of reach for the fractured mess that Anonymous frequently comes across as these days. I respect that they’ve got an agenda in making a statement about Aaron Swartz in regards to his recent suicide (also their tacked-on addendums about drone strikes and the NDAA situation), but after their overkill in regards to the “Justin Bieber fan pranks” and their empty threats regarding Guy Fawkes Day, are they the force that they once were?
According to the press release on their site, Anonymous affirms:
We reject the State of the Union. We reject the authority of the President to sign arbitrary orders and bring irresponsible and damaging controls to the Internet.
The President of the United States of America, and the Joint Session of Congress will face an Army tonight.
We will form a virtual blockade between Capitol Hill and the Internet. Armed with nothing more than Lulz, Nyancat and PEW-PEW-PEW! Lazers, we will face down the largest superpower on Earth.
What scares me is that THIS is their attempt to disrupt the SOTU address — that just by saying they are going to hack it, they are attempting a cheap media blitz. Admittedly, this seems a far more likely scenario, but the pie-eyed youngster in me hopes it ain’t so, Joe. I remember the terrifying images of Anonymous from my youth — a mask-wearing shadow army standing up in the street to the perceived tyranny of Scientology. It seemed so … “Double Dragon.” That Anonymous was a force to be reckoned with. The latest incarnation seems more preoccupied with underage “bewbs.” So I am going to be cautiously optimistic about this newest call to action and sit watching at 9 p.m. EST tonight, hoping to see some crazy show of hacker unity, but the stark likelihood is that I will be sitting there naked with a bowl of mint jelly watching a boring-ass speech.