Hacker group Anonymous has warned in a “call to action” post that there will be no state of the union address online tonight, in yet another effort to avenge the death of Aaron Swartz.
Swartz committed suicide earlier this year, after he was accused of hacking an MIT database and downloading 4.8 million academic articles. He faced 50 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
The group has used Swartz’s death as a way to protest the National Defense Authorization Act as they believe it violates rights protected by the first ten amendments of the US Constitution.
The post was released on anonrelations.net and said that, because the president would not be discussing the NDAA, they will prevent it from reaching the Internet.
Anonymous was also angered that President Obama would not discuss issues like “targeted killings of citizens by military drones” and “warrant-less wiretapping and surveillance of any US citizen without probable cause.” Though it’s the NDAA, an “outright tyrannical legislation,” that has become their main motivation for protesting the speech.
They end the call to action by stating:
“The President of the United States of America, and the Joint Session of Congress will face an Army tonight.We will form a virtual blockade between Capitol Hill and the Internet … There will be no State of the Union Address on the web tonight. For freedom, for Aaron Swartz, for the Internet … We Are Anonymous, We Are Legion, We Do Not forgive, We Do Not forget, Expect Us.”
It is hard to tell at this point whether Anonymous is serious, and if they are capable of preventing the broadcast.
This is the most recent in a series of threats Anonymous has made, most of them turning out to be real. They claimed responsibility for several attacks on the US government and took credit for a security breach on the Federal Reserve.
All recent hacks and threats have mainly been focused on avenging Aaron Swartz’s death and drawing attention to the NDAA.