Last night, Anonymous launched an attack on the United States government, knocking out the USSC.gov website and replacing it with a very chilling message.
The chilling parts were mostly the Matthew Broderick scenes because it reminded me that Sarah Jessica Parker does exist.
The statement was blasted across the government website in text and video form, and included links to various files that were mentioned. Files that contain information they deem to release if changes aren’t made in a big way. However, these files which they referred to as “warheads”, are all encrypted. We have no idea what is in them.
No one really knows what is in these files, but speculation is all over the place. Considering they are named after Supreme Court Judges, the obvious thought is that it relates to them. Whatever it is, Anon tells that it will also leave collateral damage if opened, something they wish not to do but will if changes to our ridiculous laws aren’t changed.
The Web Speaks
I’ve been reading through various comments on Youtube and tech blogs that have been covering this. Many people are behind them 100%. Others think they aren’t going to do anything. Some are so dense they can’t understand that “warheads” are being used as a metaphor, and instead belief Anon is going to launch nuclear rockets at us. Those people are fucking stupid.
Some people have said that this will just give the UN or the U.S. government a push to shutdown the internet. That’s simply not going to happen. I’m not saying they can’t do it in a technical aspect, I’m saying they won’t do it because it would decimate economies around the world. We no longer live in a completely physical economic world. Companies operate all over the country and the world in virtual capacities. Shutting off the internet would be like turning off millions of businesses that you could otherwise go into on any regular day. For some, being down for a couple days will equate to shutting down permanently. Simply put, it’s just not going to happen.
Another thought is that they will try to heavily regulate the internet. As we’ve seen in the past, people find a way around that. It is a more logical tactic based on the way the U.S. government tends to operate. A group of people do something, treat everyone like a criminal. Would they really expect that to stop Anon? Well, probably. They expect tighter gun regulations to stop criminals who obviously don’t pay attention to the laws as it is.
Anon are simply Terrorists
That’s the way some people look at it. Logically, you have to agree. They are using terrorist tactics. But what else can you do? Some have said that we need to work democratically, vote and seek to make change that way.
Good luck with that.
As you’ve seen, that doesn’t work anymore. We have people in power who have absolutely no desire to do what we elected them for. Career politicians who work for themselves while simultaneously blaming the other side, as if they somehow have nothing to do with it.
A couple hundred years ago, the United States began by waging war against its oppressors: an overbearing distant government that thought it could do anything it wanted. To sum it up, we got tired of their shit, grabbed some weapons and kicked them in the nuts. We had to fight back in a very action oriented way. Talking was not working and will never work as long as the side you’re talking to isn’t listening.
The American people have been talking for a very long time. We’ve pleaded with our government, we’ve launched websites, petitions, televisions and radio shows, and done all that we can to make our voices heard. The problem is that no one is listening. Sure, they do when it comes time to write a speech and blow smoke up our ass, but that’s about all.
Our country loves to talk about change these days, about how we need to work to make things better. How we need to take action. No one is taking action. Aside from the plan by Christopher Titus to shut down the country for two hours, I’m not seeing a lot of work being done that will actually make an impact. Anon is at least making the effort to make our government wake the fuck up and realize that they are not in charge.
This whole thing is based around disproportionate sentencing for computer crimes. Where you can be sentenced to prison for your whole life while murderers get out after a few years. A country where it’s a worse crime to download music and movies than it is to bully a child to suicide. Or a 26 year old software developer.
I think it’s about time this country pulls it’s head out of it’s ass and takes the political dick from it’s mouth. Shit is fucked up in a variety of ways and the only people who seem to be doing anything about it are the “bad guys”. It takes action to make things happen, especially when you’re talking to a wall of lies and finger pointing. Our history shows that unjust laws require action to make them change, and that is what it seems that Anon is trying to accomplish.
Lastly, here is a transcript of the video:
Citizens of the world,
Anonymous has observed for some time now the trajectory of justice in the United States with growing concern. We have marked the departure of this system from the noble ideals in which it was born and enshrined. We have seen the erosion of due process, the dilution of constitutional rights, the usurpation of the rightful authority of courts by the “discretion” of prosecutors. We have seen how the law is wielded less and less to uphold justice, and more and more to exercise control, authority and power in the interests of oppression or personal gain.
We have been watching, and waiting.
Two weeks ago today, a line was crossed. Two weeks ago today, Aaron Swartz was killed. Killed because he faced an impossible choice. Killed because he was forced into playing a game he could not win — a twisted and distorted perversion of justice — a game where the only winning move was not to play.
Anonymous immediately convened an emergency council to discuss our response to this tragedy. After much heavy-hearted discussion, the decision was upheld to engage the United States Department of Justice and its associated executive branches in a game of a similar nature, a game in which the only winning move is not to play.
Last year the Federal Bureau of Investigation revelled in porcine glee at its successful infiltration of certain elements of Anonymous. This infiltration was achieved through the use of the *same tactics which lead to Aaron Swartz’ death. It would not have been possible were it not for the power of federal prosecutors to thoroughly destroy the lives of any hacktivists they apprehend through the very real threat of highly disproportionate sentencing.
As a result of the FBI’s infiltration and entrapment tactics, several more of our brethren now face similar disproportionate persecution, the balance of their lives hanging on the severely skewed scales of a broken justice system.
We have felt within our hearts a burning rage in reaction to these events, but we have not allowed ourselves to be drawn into a foolish and premature response. We have bidden our time, operating in the shadows, adapting our tactics and honing our abilities. We have allowed the FBI and its masters in government — both the puppet and the shadow government that controls it — to believe they had struck a crippling blow to our infrastructure, that they had demoralized us, paralyzed us with paranoia and fear. We have held our tongue and waited.
With Aaron’s death we can wait no longer. The time has come to show the United States Department of Justice and its affiliates the true meaning of infiltration. The time has come to give this system a taste of its own medicine. The time has come for them to feel the helplessness and fear that comes with being forced into a game where the odds are stacked against them.
This website was chosen due to the symbolic nature of its purpose — the federal sentencing guidelines which enable prosecutors to cheat citizens of their constitutionally-guaranteed right to a fair trial, by a jury of their peers — the federal sentencing guidelines which are in clear violation of the 8th amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishments. This website was also chosen due to the nature of its visitors. It is far from the only government asset we control, and we have exercised such control for quite some time…
There has been a lot of fuss recently in the technological media regarding such operations as Red October, the widespread use of vulnerable browsers and the availability of zero-day exploits for these browsers and their plugins. None of this comes of course as any surprise to us, but it is perhaps good that those within the information security industry are making the extent of these threats more widely understood.
Still there is nothing quite as educational as a well-conducted demonstration…
Through this websites and various others that will remain unnamed, we have been conducting our own infiltration. We did not restrict ourselves like the FBI to one high-profile compromise. We are far more ambitious, and far more capable. Over the last two weeks we have wound down this operation, removed all traces of leakware from the compromised systems, and taken down the injection apparatus used to detect and exploit vulnerable machines.
We have enough fissile material for multiple warheads. Today we are launching the first of these. Operation Last Resort has begun…
Warhead – U S – D O J – L E A – 2013 . A E E 256 is primed and armed. It has been quietly distributed to numerous mirrors over the last few days and is available for download from this website now. We encourage all Anonymous to syndicate this file as widely as possible.
The contents are various and we won’t ruin the speculation by revealing them. Suffice it to say, everyone has secrets, and some things are not meant to be public. At a regular interval commencing today, we will choose one media outlet and supply them with heavily redacted partial contents of the file. Any media outlets wishing to be eligible for this program must include within their reporting a means of secure communications.
We have not taken this action lightly, nor without consideration of the possible consequences. Should we be forced to reveal the trigger-key to this warhead, we understand that there will be collateral damage. We appreciate that many who work within the justice system believe in those principles that it has lost, corrupted, or abandoned, that they do not bear the full responsibility for the damages caused by their occupation.
It is our hope that this warhead need never be detonated.
However, in order for there to be a peaceful resolution to this crisis, certain things need to happen. There must be reform of outdated and poorly-envisioned legislation, written to be so broadly applied as to make a felony crime out of violation of terms of service, creating in effect vast swathes of crimes, and allowing for selective punishment. There must be reform of mandatory minimum sentencing. There must be a return to proportionality of punishment with respect to actual harm caused, and consideration of motive and mens rea. The inalienable right to a presumption of innocence and the recourse to trial and possibility of exoneration must be returned to its sacred status, and not gambled away by pre-trial bargaining in the face of overwhelming sentences, unaffordable justice and disfavourable odds. Laws must be upheld unselectively, and not used as a weapon of government to make examples of those it deems threatening to its power.
For good reason the statue of lady justice is blindfolded. No more should her innocence be besmirked, her scales tipped, nor her swordhand guided. Furthermore there must be a solemn commitment to freedom of the internet, this last great common space of humanity, and to the common ownership of information to further the common good.
We make this statement do not expect to be negotiated with; we do not desire to be negotiated with. We understand that due to the actions we take we exclude ourselves from the system within which solutions are found. There are others who serve that purpose, people far more respectable than us, people whose voices emerge from the light, and not the shadows. These voices are already making clear the reforms that have been necessary for some time, and are outright required now.
It is these people that the justice system, the government, and law enforcement must engage with. Their voices are already ringing strong with a chorus of determined resolution. We demand only that this chorus is not ignored. We demand the government does not make the mistake of hoping that time will dampen its ringing, that they can ride out this wave of determination, that business as usual can continue after a sufficient period of lip-service and back-patting.
Not this time. This time there will be change, or there will be chaos…