With the Syrian government responsible for the country's recent internet blackout, as well as cutting all telephone lines and blocking flights, online hacking group Anonymous has announced a campaign against the government's websites hosted outside the region.
Anonymous stressed that it has carried out an "exhaustive analysis" of the blackout and came to a conclusion that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has interrupted both fiber-optic and coaxial cables going into Syria.
"Essentially, they have physically 'pulled the plug out of the wall,'" Anonymous said in a press release. "As we discovered in Egypt, where the dictator Mubarak did something similar -- this is not damage that can be easily or quickly repaired."
Branding the outage as a "desperate move by a dying regime," the infamous online hacktivist group confirmed it would commence a campaign at 6 p.m. PT titled"Operation Syria", which aims to remove all web assets belonging to Assad's government hosted outside the country.
The group said its first target would be all servers belonging to Syrian embassies, beginning with the embassy situated in China. "By turning off the Internet in Syria, the butcher Assad has shown that the time has come for Anonymous to remove the last vestiges of his evil government from the Internet," Anonymous said.
Among those guys, the script kiddies, there are Anons that are actual programmers and network specialists. I respect the work they do. Its influence could be pretty much driven to a major scale if they decided to bypass other securities, like tv companies or news sites to spread their message. Information is a weapon.
It'll be the standard Anonymous routine: they take a site down with a DDoS attack, it goes offline for a couple hours, media splashes "ANONYMOUS DID IT AGAIN" everywhere, they brag and it's over. Meh.