Donald Trump seems to have no problems making enemies. The hacktivist group Anonymous has targeted Donald Trump in its latest online call to action. Anonymous – a decentralized online community that spearheads well-publicized publicity stunts and cyber-like attacks on government, religious, and corporate websites – issued an intended declaration of “total war” on the GOP frontrunner for his “inconsistent and hateful campaign.”
According to CNet.com on March 15, the international network of hackers and activists is attempting to wreak some Internet woe on Trump by “urging hackers to knock the billionaire’s websites offline.”
In a YouTube video posted Tuesday, seen above, a figure wearing the familiar Guy Fawkes masked favored by the group calls on the online community to target the real estate developer and reality star turned presidential hopeful.
The 3-minute video – already viewed well over two million times – shows a clip montage of Trump’s attacks against Muslims, his ridicule of reporter Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from a congenital joint condition, and other regrettable and insulting bits of mouth diarrhea that have seeped out of the billionaire.
“Dear Donald Trump, we have been watching you for a long time and what we see is deeply disturbing. Your inconsistent and hateful campaign has not only shocked the United States of America, you have shocked the entire planet with your appalling actions and ideas. You say what your audience wants to hear but in reality you don’t stand for anything except for your personal greed and power,” the man representing Anonymous says.
The group is encouraging supporters to target TrumpChicago.com on April 1, and says of their #OpTrump campaign: “You do not need to know how to hack to support this important operation. This is not a warning. This is a declaration of total war.”
Adds the Business Insider: “While the initial pitch asks followers to wait until April 1 to start flooding Trump’s websites with traffic, some were already getting ahead of schedule. One Anon briefly took down the website citizensfortrump.com on Wednesday, amid open talk in the group’s chat room of finding vulnerabilities on various sites.”
Anonymous has targeted the Church of Scientology, government agencies, the Westboro Baptist Church and major corporations like PayPal, MasterCard and Sony. In November, the group dumped four separate listings of alleged KKK members, including dozens of contact numbers and email addresses of members the group says are, or were, on the rolls of the Ku Klux Klan.
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