NYSE Hacking Not From the Real Anonymous

Law enforcement agencies might be setting up a trap

By on October 5th, 2011 14:55 GMT

The people that follow the events from Wall Street in the past days were shocked after the infamous hacktivits group Anonymous released a statement saying that the New York Stock Exchange hacking announcement was actually made by law enforcement officials in the attempt to undermine the movement.

Yesterday the world prepared to see cybercriminals in action after the group announced with the help of a video that the world would once again feel their rage on October 10, when they'll wipe the NYSE from the internet.

“We will show the world that we are true to our word. On Oct. 10, NYSE shall be erased from the Internet. On Oct. 10, expect a day that will never, ever be forgotten,” said a threatening voice in the latest alleged Anonymous video.

As it turns out, the video, where they urged their fans to join the hacking operation by using the tool called LOIC to take down the target website, was not posted by the original group.

Their Pastebin account revealed a new message that claims the whole thing "is a fake planted operation by law enforcement and cyber crime agencies."

Now this could be interpreted in two ways. Either they are right and this is actually an attempt coming from government agencies, in which they take advantage of the fact that anyone who utilizes the now outdated LOIC can easily be traced by their IP address.

The second version is that it really is a message from Anonymous, because as the original hackers say, anyone who fights against the system is 'Anonymous'.

The Pastebin post reads:

Citizens of the world,

We are Anonymous! Recently something very disturbing has come to our attention. You must take all notices and information claiming to be 'Anonymous' with a grain of salt. Consider EVERYTHING.

Operation Invade Wall Street is bulls***! It is a fake planted operation by law enforcement and cyber crime agencies in order to get you to undermine the Occupy Wall Street movement. It proposes you use depreciated tools that have known flaws such as LOIC.

Anonymous would never tell you to use LOIC—not after the arrests and failures of Operation Payback.

Anonymous wouldn't attack NYSE on a HOLIDAY—it is debatable if Anonymous would ever even attack NYSE.

Be wary friends!

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