Monday, February 27, 2012

Left Side of the Aisle #45 - Part 3

"Terrorist" hackers

There are disturbing signs that US intelligence forces have come to regard the loosely affiliated group of hackers known as Anonymous as terrorists.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Director of the National Security Agency, one Gen. Keith Alexander, has told various "high-level audiences" that Anonymous will soon have the capability to cause a power outage through a cyberattack. Meanwhile, "US intelligence officials" lumped Anonymous with al-Qaeda and Chinese and Russian cyberspies as some sort of newfangled cyber "axis of evil."

Ominously, those same officials have taken to referring to Anonymous as "a stateless group" - which in intelligence-ese usually refers to terrorist organizations.

Apparently Wikileaks is not the only group to be regarded as mortal threat to American way of secrecy. Uh, I mean life. Of secrecy.


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