Anonymous once again turns its attention to the media. This time it’s the New York Times, its reporters being accused of trying to downplay the impact of the TrapWire mass surveillance project, whose existence was recently unearthed by WikiLeaks.
After WikiLeaks published the Stratfor files and the world learned of TrapWire, the Internet started buzzing. Protests
have been planned, sites have been hacked, and many have started looking for the company that’s behind it.
Hacktivists and activists have concentrated their efforts on learning more about the project and the fact that someone called it “wildly exaggerated” isn’t seen too well.
“The New York Times put on the story some yahoo who declared fears to be ‘wildly exaggerated’ in part because two unnamed, titleless sources at the Department of Homeland Security told them they tried it and didn't like it,” they wrote in a statement
“No indication is given as to whether or not this was proven to the reporter, or if he saw any evidence of it at all. At any rate, this reporter did not see fit to mention what was elsewhere being shouted by Anonymous, Telecomix, Wikileaks, ProjectPM, and independent researchers: that Cubic is in control of this capability, and that this was where the main problem lay.”
While they’re upset that the paper published the piece, they don’t seem to have planned anything related to cybercrime. Instead, they urge supporters to raise awareness by “spreading these and other failures of the New York Times by attaching the info to those deeds to come.”
Finally, Anonymous representatives claim that the Times has changed its administrator password recently, which they consider to be amusing
, but “not in accordance with generally-accepted Anonymous tradition of non-aggression via hacking or DOS towards publications not run (officially) by the state.”