March 28, 2012, 7:44 PM — This Saturday the world will learn the truth about the Anonymous hacktivist plot called Operation Global Blackout – a conspiracy so cunning its first step was to manipulate victims into doing the work of creating their own catastrophe.
On February 12 members of Anonymous announced their intention to bring down the "13 root DNS servers" that allow web browsers and web servers to find one another, effectively crash the entire Internet with just one attack.
Operation Global Blackout, as the conspirators called the project first in a Pastebin post and later in a YouTube video, will bring down the Internet only briefly to demonstrate the power of Anonymous and draw attention to its cause.
In this case the cause is opposition to "SOPA, Wall Street our irresponsible leaders and the beloved bankers who are starving the world for their own selfish needs."
The threat's primary point of back-asswardness is the difference between the technique Anonymi describe in their threat with more than enough detail to help security teams defend against it.
On the other hand, the object of their protest, is so non-specific (and in SOPA's case, already defunct) that it's not clear what Operation Global Blackout's conspirators hope governments, citizens or law-enforcement agencies could do to address it even if they chose to.
While the attack is technically possible, it's almost impossibly unlikely, not least because the main Anonymous news outlets have stopped talking about it at all, even to recruit others to help.
Many have baldly contradicted the threat, calling the whole Operation Global Blackout plan a fake, a myth or a lie.
"Deception! Bad news for participating anons," read one Tweet from ultramegaman Feb. 15, which was retweeted by the @YourAnonNews feed of (usually) genuine Anonymous updates.
At least one specifically names #OpGlobalBlackout under the list of "Deception Ops," those designed to throw authorities off the track of Anonymous' real intentions and activities by giving them a big, flashing attractive target to follow.