Today, Anonymous appears to have threatened to remove the New York Stock Exchange from the internet on October 10.
A video posted to YouTube with the familiar computer-generated voice that Anonymous is known to use stated that "On Oct. 10, NYSE shall be erased from the Internet. On Oct. 10, expect a day that will never, ever be forgotten." The threat looks to be in response to the Occupy Wall Street protest, in which hundreds have been arrested, according to PCMag.
The video goes on to say that "it seems that the government and federal agencies enjoy enforcing the law a little bit too much" and that the group "will not stand by and watch the system take over our way of life." The video instructs users to download the LOIC (Low Orbit Ion Canon DDoS tool) and target www.nyse.com on October 10.
The group didn't outline how they plan to "erase" the NYSE from the internet, but it's likely they mean a co-ordinated take down of their website and any additional endpoints that can be found. PCMag points out that some believe that taking down the NYSE website would only be a minor inconvienience, and that the group may attempt to stop the NYSE trading on the exchange.
Such a move could be devastating to world markets, and it's hard to predict what would actually happen if the group managed to stop trading. The transcript of the video reads;
Greetings, institutions of the media.
We are Anonymous.
The events transpiring within Wall Street have caught our eye.
It seems that the government and federal agencies enjoy enforcing the law a little bit too much. They instate unjust laws as mindless automatons, blindly following orders with soulless precision.
We witness the government enforcing the laws that punish the 99 percent while allowing the 1 percent to escape justice, unharmed, for their crimes against the people.
We have observed this same government failing to enforce even the minimal legal restraints of Wall Street's abuses. This government who has willingly ignored the greed at Wall Street has even bailed out the perpetrators that have caused our crisis.
We will not stand by and watch the system take over our way of life.
We the people shall stand against the government's inaction.
We the people will not be witnesses to your corruption and ill-gotten profits.
We will not labor for your leisure.
We will not assist you in any way.
This is why we choose to declare our war against the New York Stock Exchange. We can no longer stay silent as the population is being exploited and forced to make sacrifices in the name of profit.
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.
Vox Populi, Vox Anon.
The Voice of The People is The Voice of Anonymous.
We are Legion. We are the 99 percent.
We do not forgive. We do not forget.
Wall Street: Expect us.