The hacker group “Anonymous” is attempting to attempt to hijack debate-themed hashtags on Twitter tonight. Their goal is to flood Twitter with posts condemning this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, claiming that it contains a provision that authorizes indefinite detention of American Citizens.
IMPORTANT: Do NOT just retweet #StopNDAA tweets. You must copy and paste the tweets in order to force a trend.
— AoS(@AnonOpsSweden) October 23, 2012
Apparently their nefarious cyberplot is to copy and repost tweets over and over again, hoping to trend their own hashtag #stopNDAA on the back of debate traffic. An instruction sheet was distributed, including a list of prefabricated tweets to distribute.
These people are very active tonight, with multiple tweets including #stopNDAA appearing every second. Here are a few examples:
Fucking drones? #StopNDAA
— w3rdVirus (@w3rdVirus) October 23, 2012
— Don Shappelle (@DonShappelle) October 23, 2012
— Mason Newell (@MasonNewell) October 23, 2012
— Occupy Super PAC (@OccupySuperPAC) October 23, 2012
For those curious about the actual NDAA, the section that Anonymous doesn’t like allows the government to detain people who either directly participated in the 9/11 attacks or are affiliated with the Taliban or al-Qaeda. So, blowing it up into “save your kids!” doesn’t really hold water unless your kids happen to be joining al-Qaeda.