The hacker group Anonymous has plans to disrupt the president’s State of The Union address Tuesday in opposition to the United States’ recent policies.
The group is upset over what they refer to as the harsh government treatment of Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz, who was found hanged in his Brooklyn apartment earlier this year, and whistleblower Bradley Manning.
In their Internet manifesto, the group is also unhappy with the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act. They are upset with the Obama administration’s lack of clear definitions of the terms terrorist and imminent threat. They are worried that journalists and members of the media could fall under the broad definitions of these terms. They say the NDAA is,
“an act of outright tyrannical legislation allowing for indefinite detention of citizens completely outside due process and the rule of law.”
Anonymous says it will be hacking various outlets including CNN and the official White House website. They also plan on hacking into various live streams according to CNN.
The group adds,
“The President of the United State 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.”
The group is using the hashtag #opSOTU on Twitter to voice their opinions and discuss their possible actions for the evening.
This controversy comes at a time when the president is drafting a cybersecurity executive order to combat cyber attacks on government agencies and private businesses.
The bill, which the administration says is aimed at preventing cyber threats, will also promote the sharing of information between government and private firms.
Anonymous says that this type of potential collusion between government and private businesses would essential convert “private companies into government informants.”
Anonymous ends their Internet manifesto with,
“We will form a virtual blockade between Capitol hill and the Internet. Armed with nothing more than Lulz, Nyancat and PEW-PEW-PEW! Lazers, we will face down the largest superpower on Earth.
And we will win!
There will be no State of the Union Address on the web tonight.”