December 12, 2010
Late Sunday the corporate media was abuzz with headlines making the case that the internet hacker group Anonymous was responsible for the takedown of Amazon in the UK and Europe.
“Anonymous, a group of online hacktivists who support the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, has claimed responsibility for a series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in the past week,” reported The Press Association.
“The Anonymous group was alleged to have tried, but failed, before to attack the giant online retailer in retaliation for Amazon removing the controversial WikiLeaks material from its servers. The group later issued a statement saying it did not want to bring down the store in the Christmas period,” wrote the Wall Street Journal.
Last week Russia Today interviewed a man going by the name “Anon” who claimed the group was opposed to attacking the online retailer. Anon said attacking Amazon was “too much” and the group decided not to do it. “It didn’t fail, we just decided not to attack them” said Anon.
Did Anonymous change its mind over the last two days?
Add to the feeding frenzy the prospect of Anonymous attacking the Electronic Freedom Foundation, at least according to comments posted to Twitter. From WebHostDirctory on December 10:
Considering Wikileaks and its defenders are supposed advocates of free thought and speech they seem quick off the mark to condemn the people who speak against them. A quick scroll down the Op_Payback Twitter will show you what I mean. They describe ‘ColdBlood’ (the Anonymous spokesperson who O:P have denied associations with) as a ‘raging f**king faggot’, British PM David Cameron as an ‘ass hole’ and tweet that “@DAVELEGG SUCKS C**K”. Hardly the finesse of a political movement trying to be taken seriously.
After all the screaming headlines about some ill-defined attack on Amazon, the Journal wrote the following late this evening:
There was no credible evidence that the group did hit the sites, but it certainly appears that amazon.co.uk and amazon.de did have some sort of temporary problem. Watchmouse data appears to confirm both the British and German sites had a blip. Unconfirmed reports said the problem was felt across other European sites including .fr, .at and .it.
Servers, especially retail servers around Christmas, experience “blips” and outages routinely. Once again, the corporate media has sensationalized a story in order to push forward a larger agenda.
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Over at the crown jewel of the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird, the Washington Post, an op-eder has drawn up sides in the so-called “Long War” as envisioned by the neocons of the Bush era.
“The latest fighters on one side are Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, and the media-dubbed “hacker army” that has risen in his defense in the past week, staging coordinated attacks on government and corporate institutions that have stood in his way,” writes Tim Hwang.
The global elite announced their designs on the internet through Jay Rockefeller. The supposed representative of the people of West Virginia said a few months ago that we’d be better off if the internet was never invented. Rockefeller is working with both Democrats and Republicans to reinvent the internet and render it useless as an alternative news source. The FCC is helping them in the effort.
Officialdom is working feverishly to pass legislation to regulate the internet. Anonymous hackers pestering credit card companies with more or less futile denial of service attacks make selling the task to a gullible public easier. If we can believe establishment polls, the American people think Wikileaks should be prosecuted.
“Just as automobiles cannot be sold or operated on public highways without meeting certain minimum safety standards, we also need minimum Internet and cybersecurity safety standards for our information superhighway,” said Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., from a Maryland fusion center. Cardin introduced the Internet and Cybersecurity Safety Standards Act. The law would require the federal government and industry to collaborate and develop minimum internet standards for users of computers and other devices that connect to the Internet, according to The New New Internet.
Rogue hackers taking down cherished retail sites in the last two weeks before Christmas is an orchestrated event. The people who have stolen our government will continue to portray the internet as lawless frontier rife with hackers, unscrupulous whistleblowers, and jihadi terrorists until they pass some sort of legislation that strangles and neuters the medium.