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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Anonymous Accuses Feds of "Fear-Mongering," Denies Plans to Attack Power Grid

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 3:45 PM

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Earlier today, we gave readers a heads up that Anonymous could soon have the ability to wipe out our power grid, further screwing citizens. But after the National Security Agency released the news of this domestic threat, Anonymous sent out a tweet today calling the NSA's claims "baseless fear-mongering."

In short, the online hacking group might be many things, but "domestic terrorist" isn't one of them. So Anonymous is using the NSA's warning, which was communicated via the Wall Street Journal today, as another opportunity to reiterate its overall message: Don't trust the government.

Here are two tweets that came from a Twitter account associated with Anonymous:

The NSA's reprehensible fear-mongering and attempts to discredit are transparent and baseless.

NSA's alarmist rhetoric & fear-mongering is reprehensible. They should focus on the myriad of current security holes.

Anonymous backs up its points with this clear argument: While these shady hackers are out to disrupt rich corporations and the government, they aren't here to further ruin life for the little guy.

As one Anon member told Gizmodo today: "Anonymous' general viewpoint recently has been fighting on behalf of ordinary citizens against leaders and power structures. Attacking electricity grids would harm those people more than our opponants [sic]."

So why would the NSA generate this kind of alarm? Simple: We could care less if Anonymous attacks big corporations or cops, but if those hackers dare shut off our lights ... we'll rip their Guy Fawkes off!

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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