Anonymous' "Operation Blackout" won't happen ... probably

If you are reading this article on the day it was posted, March 31, that likely means that the so-called "Operation Blackout" event did not happen. A few days ago, a post on the Pastebin.com site from a hacker group that claimed to be part of the famed Anonymous organization said they would shut down the Internet today via an attack on the 13 servers that control the DNS directory.

There are two major problems with that claim. One is that Twitter posts from groups that also claim to represent Anonymous have already spoken out, saying that the group has no such plans for launching "Operation Blackout".

The other problem is that even if a hacker group decided to launch a cyber attack on those 13 servers, most experts agree that a total shutdown of the Internet wouldn't happen anyway. Mashable quotes Dave Marcus, director of security research at McAfee Labs, as saying:

That doesn’t mean if they tried, there wouldn’t be odd consequences with routers and other things like that. But they’re not going to be able to knock the DNS servers offline.

His thoughts are echoed by Matthew Prince, CEO of CloudFare, who claims that the idea that the Internet can be shut down by attacking 13 DNS servers is false. He states:

There are hundreds of other servers scattered across multiple locations. Those servers are regularly under attack, they’ve sustained fairly massive attacks launched against them and they are run fully redundantly. I think the likelihood anyone could knock the root server system offline is extremely low.

So there you have it. March 31 should come and go without the entire Internet crashing on us ... we think.

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the sites they were planning on taking down were the 13 key DNS root servers but nothing ever happened so it's business as usual

Yeah @YourAnonNews is a credible source (shakes head).

I know that the sensationalized statement of Anon wants to kill the internet gets bigger headlines so everyone feels the need to report it that way. However, directly from the issued statement the goal was never to kill the internet, rather to shut down a few "key sites". Did they achieve that? I don't know, what were the targets? I haven't seen any reports that suggest anything is a miss anywhere on the web, but that hardly means they haven't achieved their goals, or that the "attack" has even happened yet.

Maybe its just my internet, but it is much slower today.

This Anonymous group are such complete idiots. They think they are going to win over fans by doing something so incredibly stupid? This does nothing but tick everyone off to the point I hope they all get arrested.

So there you have it. March 31 should come and go without the entire Internet crashing on us ... we think.

That last part is a joke, right?

What? I don't understand anonymous said they would do it, I thought they never lie and there nearly as powerful as the new world order??

Daniel_Pooh said,
What? I don't understand anonymous said they would do it, I thought they never lie and there nearly as powerful as the new world order??

Theres two types of Anonymous, the hacker group, and random people claiming to be Anon, because of the anonymous nature of Anon, it makes it difficult to tell who really is Anon, and who's pretending.

BumbleBritches57 said,

Theres two types of Anonymous, the hacker group, and random people claiming to be Anon, because of the anonymous nature of Anon, it makes it difficult to tell who really is Anon, and who's pretending.

Oh damn those tricky trolls!

[quote=BumbleBritches57 said,]

Theres two types of Anonymous, the hacker group, and random people claiming to be Anon, because of the anonymous nature of Anon, it makes it difficult to tell who really is Anon, and who's pretending.[/quote
Isn't the power of anon that it can be everyone and that anyone can be anon?
But as soon as something like this happens its always q.q 'this isn't anon'
Always with the excuses,anons strenght is also It's weakness.
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recursive said,
Well, we sure dodged that one! Next up is 12/20/2012.

Never understood why people think it's the 20th? Clearly (according to The X-Files) it's 12/12/12.
What significance has the 20th?

Mr Spoon said,

Never understood why people think it's the 20th? Clearly (according to The X-Files) it's 12/12/12.
What significance has the 20th?

Because that's when the Mayan calendar resets? The X-Files doesn't get everything right. LOL

M_Lyons10 said,

Because that's when the Mayan calendar resets? The X-Files doesn't get everything right. LOL

The date is different depending on who you ask

M_Lyons10 said,

Because that's when the Mayan calendar resets? The X-Files doesn't get everything right. LOL

Neither does the Mayan Calendar since 2012 is nonsense.