Anonymous released a video which reveals the start of the second phase of Operation Defense, the op initiated by hacktivists as a form of protest against the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).
If in the first phase supporters of the Anonymous movement were called to protest online, the second part of Operation Defense becomes more physical.
“We are calling upon the citizens of the United States to physically protest. This includes all the Occupy movement. Our rights are being taken away,” the hacktivists said.
The hackers admit that distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks are not as effective as they were one year ago, mainly because the owners of websites have upgraded their servers to better withstand the large number of packets sent their way during such an operation.
Until now, the sites of companies such as Microsoft, IBM, AT&T, Boeing, Verizon, and the Financial Services Roundtable have been targeted with DDOS attacks.
Even though some of the attacks proved to be a success, it’s clear that they weren’t taken as a serious threat, CISPA successfully passing the vote of the US House of Representatives.
In the meantime, Mike Rogers, one of the initiators of the bill, came forward in an attempt to explain that the new cybersecurity law doesn’t target Americans, but the Chinese, who in the past years have been constantly stealing secrets from the US.
His words have provided little comfort to those who oppose the act so, starting tomorrow, May 1, physical demonstrations are programmed to take place throughout the United States.
Between May 1-5, AT&T headquarters and shops will be targeted, followed by IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Verizon Wireless, and Bank of America.
Starting with June 3, Chase Bank, Pepsi and Coca Cola, Target, Walmart, and CVS locations will be visited.
Here is the video Anonymous released to announce phase two of Operation Defense: