Anonymous has released a new video to announce the start of an operation that’s aimed at the mass surveillance systems governments and corporations are allegedly using to spy on citizens. The campaign is called Operation Big Brother (OpBigBrother) and a number of targets have already been named.
“If Governments and corporations reach their goal to use network surveillance technologies to take control of our world, they will clear Freedom from both the real life and the Internet. That means Anonymous won’t be able to continue helping humanity,” the hacktivists stated.
“They plan to destroy each form of protest including Anonymous. That means that Anonymous members will be tracked and neutralized if we do not unite against surveillance,” they added.
“Let the HIVE begin the strongest online and offline worldwide protest ever seen in the history of humanity. They showed they had no limits, we will show our power goes well beyond. Worldwide governments, evil corporations time of summations is over.”
The list of targets includes several organizations considered to be partners or supporters of the controversial INDECT project: the European CBRNE Center, Behavior Security and Culture (BeSeCu) from Germany, the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) from Italy, SINTEF from Norway and many others.
The websites of companies from Bulgaria, Greece, Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, and Sweden are also on the list.
Those who coordinate the operation urge supporters to steal information from databases, deface websites and, if anything else fails, launch distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks on the targets. They’ve even made available a defacement page model.
We’ll return with more information as the campaign unwinds, but the first target for a DDOS attack seems to be the Robert Koch Institute from Germany.
In the meantime, here is the video released by Anonymous for the occasion: