International hacker group Anonymous released a video on YouTube overnight
Thursday threatening to launch a crusade against the Israeli government, who it
accused of committing “crimes against humanity.” The release of the clip came
amid an Internet feud between Israeli and Arab hackers, which began in early
January when a Saudi hacker published tens of thousands of Israeli credit card
numbers on the Internet.
In the new video, Anonymous accuses Israel of
bettering “the lives of a select few, while carelessly trampling the liberties
of the masses,” and charges the government with circulating propaganda through
political lobbying and the mainstream media. The loosely organized international
group of hackers seeks anarchy through disruption of government and law
enforcement networks, and threatened to shut down the Knesset website in June
but failed to carry out the threat.
“Your Zionist bigotry has displaced
and killed a great many. As the world weeps you laugh while planning your next
attack,” the video states, referring to talk of a potential Israeli military
strike against Iran.
“You label all who refuse to comply with your
superstitious demands as anti- Semitic and have taken steps to ensure a nuclear
holocaust,” the video continues.
“We will not allow you to attack a
sovereign country based upon a campaign of lies.”
In the clip, Anonymous
threatens to wage a three-step campaign against Israel’s “reign of terror”: “Step
one will be initiated after the release of this video and will be comprised of
systematically removing you from the Internet. Step two will be later disclosed
and is already in initiation; and, as for step three, well, think of this one as
a present from Anonymous to you – we will not stop until the police state
becomes a free state.”
“We are Anonymous, we are legion, we do not
forgive, we do not forget. Israeli government expect us,” the video warns
in its conclusion.