Hacktivist participation in Occupy protests draw federal attention | The Informant
It’s not just San Francisco and Oakland law enforcement that are interested in the nationwide spin-off protests of Occupy Wall Street. Since demonstrators fed up with financial mismanagement, perceived corporate greed and socioeconomic inequality set up camp in Lower Manhattan on September 17, similar encampments have been set up with varying degrees of success in over eleven hundred cities.
Reports unearthed by the open source website Public Intelligence reveal that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are carefully studying the role of the loose-knit hacktivist group Anonymous in the nationwide Occupation movement.
In a September 14th report, the FBI cites the hacktivists’ involvement in the series of protests against BART police shootings in August, the FBI believed Anonymous’ participation in Occupy Wall Street could bring additional media attention to the movement and increase the potential for denial of service attacks on financial institutions’ websites.