The most likely truth behind Operation Global Blackout – whatever the truth was when it was first announced – is that the rumors and fear they create are themselves the operation, not an actual attack on the 'net's root DNS servers.
OpGlobalBlackout wastes the bandwidth it takes for worried potential victims to talk about it, the attention of law enforcement agencies forced by complaints and inquiries to investigate it, the defensive preparations required of DNS masters who would look incredibly stupid if they ignored the threat but were successfully attacked anyway, and the news stories, opinions, chatter and circular coverage-of-other-people's-coverage in the media, which only make the hoax more real and more effective by blaring it out to start the cycle of worry all over again.
#OpGlobalBlackout is a fake, except the part about getting you to waste effort and bandwidth worrying
OpGlobalBlackout is not an attack that will take down the Internet. Anonymous likes the Internet. Anonymous lives and breathes by the Internet. It will not take the Internet down.
OpGlobalBlackout is a red herring, a socially engineered mindworm that accomplishes the same purpose as an attack – generating fear, hand-wringing, long discussions about how to prevent another disaster and whether the reasons of the attackers were valid – all without requiring anyone to actually launch an attack that would be unlikely to succeed for more than a short time, if at all.
So tell your family, colleagues and friends: Operation Global Blackout is a fake.
Anonymous is not preparing to kill the Internet.
The more you worry about it in email and in online forums the more damage you create from the actual attack – fooling you into worrying about a disaster that isn't going to happen.
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