Anonymous declares war on Donald Trump (yawn)

15 March 2016 6:26 pm

What the hell is happening with Anonymous? Once everyone’s favourite hacktivist group, it’s now turned adolescent and boring.

Their latest ploy is to declare total war on Donald Trump starting from April Fools’ Day.

According to a video statement posted on YouTube, they’ve decided to ramp up cyber-operations against Trump – dubbed #OpTrump – on a far larger scale than ever before.

"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 [but] 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."

Oh really? This is the same outfit that declared war on Isis after the Paris attacks. And a fat lot of good that did too.

There was a time when people took Anonymous seriously. Like when it targeted Israeli government websites in solidarity with the Palestinians. True, they caused no serious disruption but they managed to focus attention on an issue the Israeli government would not have wanted people to think about. Or when they hacked the Westboro church over plans to picket the Sandy Hook funerals.

But what kind of war do they plan to unleash on Donald Trump? A DDOS attack is not a war.

As Bryan Clark says in Next Web, the group once stood up for the rights of the everyman by poking holes in networks and artfully removing files that could shame those it felt were worth the public torment. Now, it takes down websites and chokes on self-importance.

“Today, we’re left with sort of an Anonymous-lite, a group of script kiddies that coordinates DDoS attacks and then pats themselves on the back as if they’re making a real impact,’’ Clark writes. “This isn’t a group that has matured, it’s arguably taken significant steps backwards. The impact of this latest “war” will result in minor annoyances to Donald Trump and major talking points in the on-going battle against encryption and an open Web.

“If you think this will affect the Trump campaign, I can assure you that after a few hiccups, he’ll be back to spewing venom in no time.
We should all expect more.

I miss the old Anonymous.”

Don’t we all.