Anonymous has been battling against CISPA for some time - now they are starting "Operation Defense. Phase II" calling on people to take to the streets against the invasive legislation.
Screen capture from hacked website
Image on a Chinese government website hacked by Anonymous.
The group has now admitted that distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) are not as effective as they were last year. They state that a number of major web sites have now upgraded their servers to manage the attacks.
Now they are telling people to take to the streets against the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. They are calling on Americans to protest outside the local offices of companies that support the draconian bill which was adopted by the House on Thursday.
In the above video statement, Anonymous states: “This is a special emergency message regarding the status of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. CISPA has passed the legislature. We are calling upon the citizens of the United States to physically protest. This includes all the Occupy movement. Our rights are being taken away.”
Anonymous then provides details of the times and places of the protests, the first of which will be at AT&T local offices between May 1 and May 5. They then list similar protests which will follow at the offices of Intel, IBM, Microsoft, Verizon Wireless and many other companies who support the legislation. Protests will continue through to June 30.
They also call on citizens to boycott Pepsi and Coca Cola products between June 11 and June 14.
Telling the protesters to wear the famous Guy Fawkes mask, they advise them to stage the rallies “across the street from the headquarters or buildings so as to not get evicted or arrested.”
“Remember, you have a right to protest if you care about your freedom of speech, your right to privacy and your government censoring you. This is your time to act now. We will defend our home. Operation Defense phase two engaged. We are Anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Supporters of CISPA, you should have expected us.”
While President Barack Obama and the White House have threatened to veto the controversial bill, doubts are being voiced that this will be the case. Obama had previously stated that he would veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), but signed the bill into law at the end of last year.
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