Anonymous, ‘Hacktivist’ Group, Allegedly Threatens To Destroy Fox News Website
Anonymous, the loose-knit web “hacktavist” group that has been associated with taking down MasterCard.com and attacking the Church of Scientology, is apparently planning on launching a coordinated attack on the Fox News website because of the way the network has covered the Occupy Wall Street movement, according to a video posted on YouTube.
“Anonymous intends on destroying the Fox News website because their continued right wing conservative propaganda can no longer be tolerated,” a computer-generated voice says in the video. “They use words such as “filthy,” “disgusting” and “dirty” to describe the protesters. Since they will not stop belittling the occupiers, we will simply shut them down.”
The video specifically calls out Fox News host Sean Hannity. According to Media Matters, Sean Hannity on October 3 said the protestors’ rhetoric and behavior “destructive.”
The voice in the video says that the attack will be carried out on November 5.
CNET explains the significance of the date:
The date–November 5–is commonly referred to as Guy Fawkes day in honor of the Brit who tried to blow up parliament in the Gunpowder Plot of 1604. Fawkes was immortalized in “V For Vendetta,” a 2006 movie about a freedom fighter who uses terrorist tactics against a totalitarian society. A mask from the movie has become a symbol for Anonymous.