OpGlobalBlackout succeeded without happening

An energetic threat can spread as much fear and chaos as the risk of a real attack

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Terrorists don't blow up school busses because they want to kill children. They do it to create terror – fear of an imminent attack, chaos making it difficult for authorities to keep order and long-term anxiety among civilians designed to gradually erode their resistance by forcing the enemy to a state of defensive alert so high the enemy's government ends up punishing its own citizens in the effort to prevent another random catastrophe.

In that sense, OpGlobalBlackout worked perfectly. It generated a lot of fear, a lot of coverage and a lot of even denser ignorance about the methods and intentions of the real Anonymous.

That the "attackers" were able to create that impact without having to launch any real attack at all just makes the whole project that much more attractive to others who want to use fear of an attack rather than real attacks as a way to get the attention they want.

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