Hacker group ‘Anonymous’ attempts to hijack debate hashtags

http://twitter.com/#!/YourAnonNews/status/260526953193426944

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

Everyone agrees: more drones! #finaldebate #stopNDAA

— Don Shappelle (@DonShappelle) October 23, 2012

“@demandprogress: I support #StopNDAA and urge the candidates to talk about #NDAA at the #Debate StopNDAA.org” @jeremyloper

— Mason Newell (@MasonNewell) October 23, 2012

#drones just made it! Romney supports, Obama likely agrees. #lynndebate #debate #StopNDAA #occupy #OccupytheDebates #ExpandTheDebate #ows

— 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.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/10/22/hacker-group-anonymous-attempts-to-hijack-debate-hastags/

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