Hacking for the planet
In a protest move that makes ELF operations look like knocking off a few small-town liquor stores, international “hacktivists” Anonymous just announced a plan to pursue hacking campaigns in support of green causes. The first victim of Operation Green Rights was ginormous biotech firm Monsanto, which Anonymous targeted for “corrupt, unethical and downright evil” business practices. Monsanto confirmed the attack, though it downplayed the damage. From Anonymous:
We blasted their web infrastructure to s*** for 2 days straight, crippling all 3 of their mail servers as well as taking down their main websites world-wide. We dropped dox on 2500+ employees and associates, including full names, addresses, phone numbers, and exactly where they work. We are also in the process of setting up a wiki, to try and get all collected information in a more centralized and stable environment. Not bad for 2 months, I’d say.
Anonymous is aiming even higher with their next project, named — somebody call Michael Bay! — Operation Green Rights: Project Tarmeggedon. Potential targets include Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, Canadian Oil Sands, Ltd., and many more. The manifesto:
Free-thinking citizens of the world:Anonymous’ Operation Green Rights calls your attention to an urgent situation in North America perpetuated by the boundless greed of the usual suspects: Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, Canadian Oil Sands Ltd., Imperial Oil, the Royal Bank of Scotland, and many others.This week, activists are gathering along U.S. Highway 12 in Montana to protest the transformation of a serene wilderness into an industrial shipping route, bringing “megaloads” of refinery equipment to the Alberta Tar Sands in Canada (see Tar Sands FAQ Sheet below).Anonymous now joins the struggle against “Big Oil” in the heartland of the US. We stand in solidarity with any citizen willing to protest corporate abuse. Anonymous will not stand by idly and let these environmental atrocities continue. This is not the clean energy of the future that we are being promised.We will, over the course of the next few days, use the powers we posses [sic] to spread news about this scenario and the corporations involved. We are actively seeking leaks to expose the corruption that we all KNOW is beneath this. Anonymous will support the activists on July 13-14 when they initiate civil disobedience and direct action to confront this dire issue. We urge you to get involved. Montana and Idaho citizens, we ask you to join local protests and attend the Highway 12 rally if you are close enough! If you’re not, join us in the IRC listed below for our own good times.The continued development of the tar sands is a major step backward in the effort to curb global warming. Anonymous will not suffer this without a fight, and Operation Green Rights will always support the rights of the people to live in an unpolluted world, and aim to help safeguard it for the future. One way or another.
While we must note that Grist doesn’t support illegal activity of any kind, we must also note: damn. I mean, just damn. Can you imagine the virtual balls on these cats?
With operations supposedly commencing as of yesterday, no word has reached us or the creaky “mainstream media” as of yet. But we’ll keep updating the tracker below if we hear. (Or drop us a tip at email@example.com.)