Fox News Threatened By Hacker Group Over Occupy 'Propaganda'
Anonymous has revealed plans to destroy the news organization’s website on Nov. 5, citing Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck as “primary targets.”
Fox News is the latest target of Anonymous, who has already made threats to shut down Facebook next month.
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The hacking group released a new video on YouTube announcing their intent to shut down the Fox News website as part of a movement called “Operation: Fox Hunt” – a direct result of the network’s Occupy coverage. The message cites Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck as their “primary targets.”
“Fox is now the target of Anonymous because of their continued propaganda against the Occupations,” a computerized voice says. “They use words such as filthy, disgusting and dirty to describe the protesters. Since they will not stop belittling the occupiers, we will simply shut them down.”
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The attack is planned for Nov. 5, the same day that the group intends to shut down Facebook, according to an August claim. While the group has touted the upcoming date as one that will “go down in history,” CNET notes that the planned attacks correlate with Guy Fawkes day, named in honor of the Brit’s failed attempt to blow up parliament in the Gunpowder Plot of 1604. His story was immortalized in the 2006 film V for Vendetta – the mask from which has become a symbol for Anonymous.
“Anonymous will not only shut down Fox News,” the message continues. “We will also engage in a propaganda campaign of our own, to show them how it feels to be chastised.”
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The group has already been credited with hacking into the Pentagon, Iran’s government e-mails, and possibly Visa, Mastercard and tech companies working for the FBI. Hackers involved in the group also recently released the phone number, address, names of relatives and other personal information belonging to a NYC police officer accused of unprovoked and excessive pepper spray use at Occupy Wall Street.