One thing Anonymous is really good for is embarrassing public agencies (BART) -- and their employees (Linton Johnson). But the National Security Agency is worried that the shadowy online hacking group will soon have the power to shut off our power via cyberattack.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting this not-so-public news that within the next year or so, Anonymous will have the ability to cause limited power outages across the United States by attacking the nation's power grid. The scariest part is that these hacktivists could align with governments that hate the U.S., such as Iran's, to wage this kind of destruction.
The good news is that the NSA says it would be no easy feat and "extremely difficult to orchestrate," which buys the government some time to figure out what the hell to do to prevent this.
"It's a real threat," said James Lewis, a cybersecurity specialist at the Center for Strategic and International Studies who is currently researching the group. "You want to occupy Wall Street? How about turn Wall Street off? Even for a day."