After The Wall Street Journal published an article in which the National Security Agency (NSA) expressed its concerns regarding the potential threat posed by Anonymous to the United States’ national power grid, the hackers and their supporters started spamming the media company’s official Facebook page with protest messages.
This is the message that was posted on the Journal’s Facebook page:
Dear editors of the German Wall Street Journal, You equated Anonymous with Al-Qaeda in your February 2012 article and the related coverage. With this type of coverage you may be able to stir up fear in the United States, but not in the land of poets and thinkers!
With this comment, we would like to oppose the deliberate dissemination of false information and express our displeasure with your lobby journalism. We are Anonymous. We are millions. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us!
According to Media Bistro, the protest began in Germany, but it soon picked off and spread to other countries where Anonymous supporters reside.
Facebook representatives said they couldn’t stop the attacks because technically speaking this couldn’t be considered as being spamming since individuals posted the comments.
The Wall Street Journal’s reaction to the incident, calling the protesters a “flashmob,” made the subject of further numerous comments that spammed their Facebook profile.
“Dear Wall Street Journal! We didn't hack your facebook page. We just wrote comments! STOP YOUR LOBBY JOURNALISM! Greetings from Germany - The land of poets and thinkers! We are Anonymous. We are millions. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us WSJ!,” read the second round of comments.
Things are starting to cool down now, but this should act as a warning message to those who intentionally, or unintentionally (as in this case), speak badly about Anonymous.