This is what happens when there is no clear hierarchy in a group. After some Anonymous hackers revealed their plans to take down the 13 DNS root servers of the Internet on March 31, official channels began denying these claims.
Since any hacker can call himself Anonymous these days, situations in which not all the hacktivists agree with each other are bound to appear.
“GlobalBlackOut is another Fake Operation. No intention of #Anonymous to cut Internet. Please stop asking about it,” Anonymous representatives said.
Another official Twitter channel wrote, “Just a message to our followers, this news team does not support OpBlackOut and that everyone should stay away from it. Thank you.”
As far as we know YourAnonNews, one of the oldest Anonymous Twitter pages, hasn’t made any statement regarding the attack on the DNS servers, which may indicate that the subject is not worth their attention.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that the operation is off, instead it means that not all hacktivists agree with it. As some may remember, even after the Stratfor hack, which clearly turned out to be run by the “real” Anonymous, some hackers wrote a statement denying they would target a company that helps others gather intel.
After analyzing the hackers’ statement regarding the Blackout, security experts concluded that what they try to accomplish is not as easy as it sounds, first of all because there are not 13 root DNS servers, instead they’re 130 spread out all over the world.
Furthermore, potential DDOS attacks on these servers are always taken into consideration by those who administrate them, which means that they’re prepared to handle such attacks.
Not to mention the fact that the caching technology implemented by ISPs would make it impossible for regular Internet users to feel the effects of an attack.