Anonymous threatens cyber crusade against Israel

International hacker group accuses Israeli gov't of "crimes against humanity," vows revenge in YouTube video.

Anonymous hackers logo_311 (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Anonymous hackers logo_311
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
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.