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Anonymous Targets the U.S. Banking System with Operation ‘Black October’

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Anonymous has announced a peaceful revolution by calling out to people to join “Black October”, a campaign which it believes will be an “easy” way for the 99% to demonstrate their collective strength and “beat” the richest 1%.

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Hacktivist group Anonymous announced a new campaign called “Black October”, days after the four-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The group is calling for ordinary masses making up for the 99% to forego credit and debit cards and use cash instead, after claiming that private banks have failed ordinary people.

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A statement released on Anonymous’ website read:

US branches of Germany’s Deutsche Bank and Spain’s Banco Santander have failed US Fed stress tests, while America’s largest bank, Bank of America, is put on ‘warning.’

“How far can the ordinary people shoulder responsibility of a failed private bank?”

The ‘stress test’ mentioned in the statement is also known as the Comprehensive Capital and Analysis Review, a process undertaken as a result of the 2008 financial crisis. The test is more of an annual assessment made by the U.S. Federal Reserve to check into a bank’s position and ability to “lend to households and businesses even in times of stress,” reports Sputnik news.

The most recent annual review, along with previous reports can be found here.

This year’s review revealed that both Deutsche Bank and Banco Santander would fail in the face of ‘doomsday’ predicaments, such as falling house prices and increasing levels of unemployment.

The month-long campaign that lasts from 1 October to 31 has Anonymous inviting people to withdraw all their money from their bank accounts and using cash instead of banking cards, debit, and/or credit.

Show the Big Bankers that we don’t need their debit cards, we don’t need their credit cards, we don’t need their loans, and we don’t need them.

In their concluding statement, Anonymous pointed to Iceland wherein social protests against failing banks and an ineffective government led to the arrests of CEOs and the indictment of the Prime Minister after the fallout from the 2008 global financial crisis.

Let’s show them that we are the 99% and we can beat them. It is that easy.

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  1. BitcoinZAR

    September 29, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    cash or bitcoin…

  2. chopkoski

    September 29, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    WTF, maybe they could try a harder nut to crack…like Kunduz or thereabouts….

  3. Roger Stevenson

    September 29, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    And what would we do after the banks fail?
    I’m reminded of rioting I observed in So Cal during Watts riot and Rodney King, the days after left them nowhere to shop or cash their Checks?
    Anarchy is not good!

    • Gogoboz

      October 3, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      I wonder what’s the motive for these hackers. Perhaps their gigantic CC debts from their irresponsible spending habits is haunting them, so dream of a way to eliminate it without paying back. I surprise they didn’t know Debit Card existed: spend only what you got. Isn’t that obvious these Buffons act on no good intentions with a hidden agenda that worst than the banks.

      • Ftg

        October 6, 2015 at 11:34 am

        U sound stupid by a remark like that making claims like that …. first off all ur one of the typical puppets in this puppet democracy if u were in anyway intelligent u kno that these hackers or our freedom fighters against tyrannical government which is always monitoring every movement we are doing let alone going to secret meetings like the bilderburg meetings and meeting behind closed doors is any better wow so blind…. u think they care about us why do u think they keep the 99% down why do u think this confederate flag and gay marriage was important well let’s see during ur blindness they passed the tpp along with pushing fast track so before u become the real bafoon maybe u should pay more attention than being the capitalistic mental u are

        • Gogoboz

          October 6, 2015 at 1:56 pm

          You’re nothing but bunch of twisted minded people who live in too comfortable environment take things for granted. If you really want to change the world for better place for all, why not learn how to become a main stream politician or educator to change thing bring forward transparency? What a moron.

          • Debby Ward

            October 6, 2015 at 2:08 pm

            haven’t learned yet, huh? If the government doesn’t want you elected, you won’t be elected. Period. Everyone is chosen BEFORE elections.

          • ftg

            October 10, 2015 at 11:11 pm

            I agree glad ur not sheep keep fighting the fight

          • ftg

            October 10, 2015 at 11:10 pm

            First of all if u became any of those obscured ideas u mentioned and tried to change the the world or even a community u become a target of lies and injustice in this shadow government they will find ways to take u out whether credibility comes into play or not 1 vs 100 s idea…. transparency is not viable due to all the lies our own government feeds us or don’t even tell us if u were so smart u would see the truth but no ur cattle like mentality just like a deer in headlights u are and twisted not so much just see the bigger pic while u get left behind so enjoy it back there be the sheep u are and head to slaughter like the cattle u are

    • Ftg

      October 6, 2015 at 11:37 am

      That’s why it’s called a revolution struggles are real ppl need to learn to pull together like when this country started not by being controlled by a shadow government an other higher ranking ppl like the bilderburg group

  4. TOR

    September 30, 2015 at 11:46 am

    pump it into BTC and get rich, while they fail. Thats was these bastards used to do with us

  5. Martin Cataldi-Rogers

    October 3, 2015 at 6:39 am

    this may sound harsh and it would be stressful but if everybody stopped paying loans and mortgages the banks would fail in one go only the money going in , can pay for the money going out – aka legal costs , especially in Court required states and cities

  6. Jmarso

    October 7, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    I would pass thought to all business in a physical sense. There is no increased protection for those retail, small deli an market business who would receive an influx of cash in their daily take. What are they meant to do when they could be considered a potential target by those seeking a quick take. They would be receiving a potential 99% increase in their daily takings in cash (as opposed to credit).

    What would protect those innocence? I am not referring to big business here. But those mum and dad corner stores who would suffer at the hands of opportunists.

    A rally would require more than a withdrawal. It would require an overhaul of ideals.

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Alleged FBI Hacker Lauri Love Ordered to US Extradition by UK Home Secretary

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The long-running court saga of Lauri Love, a British hacker and activist accused of compromising and stealing data from the likes of the FBI, NASA and the US Federal Reserve has been ordered by the UK’s home secretary for his extradition to the United States.

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31-year-old Love who has Asperger’s syndrome launched a legal challenge to avoid his extradition to the U.S., following a court ruling by a UK judge in September 2016. Love, who suffers from depression and eczema argued against the extradition ruling, claiming it could lead him to a mental breakdown or suicide. Despite his plea, the ruling district judge, Nina Tempia, determined that Love would be cared for by medical facilities in the United States, while accepting that Love suffered “both physical and mental issues.”

On the other side of the pond, Love potentially faces legal proceedings in three different US jurisdictions, reports the Guardian. Meanwhile, the UK home secretary had been given a deadline of November 16, in order to decide if Love was to be extradited or not. A day before the deadline, Rudd signed the order for Love’s extradition to the US. His lawyers believe he faces up to 99 years in prison if convicted of charges related to hacking.

The UK Home Office stated that Rudd had “carefully considered all relevant matters” before ruling:

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[Love] has been charged with various computer hacking offences which included targeting US military and federal government agencies.

The case drew parallels to that of Gary McKinnon, a British hacker whose extradition to the US was blocked by Theresa May in 2012, as the home secretary at the time.

Love’s legal battle with the ruling garnered support from The Courage Foundation, whose acting director Sarah Harrison stated:

The US has ruthlessly persecuted hackers and digital activists for years, and nobody expects that to improve under President Trump. Theresa May set a good example by protecting Gary McKinnon back in 2012. For a home secretary in her government now to willingly send a brilliant and vulnerable UK citizen to Donald Trump’s America beggars belief.

Love was bailed earlier this year in June when US prosecutors were already doing plenty to extradite him stateside.

Lori’s alleged hacking endeavors were a part of #Oplastresort, an operation by Anonymous, the global hacktivist collective. This particular operation was in response to the treatment endured by Aaron Swartz a prominent programmer and hacktivist. Swartz faced 35 years In prison, asset forfeiture and a million dollars in fines with two counts of wire fraud. Swartz committed suicide for his alleged computer crimes.

Love’s legal defense is certain to bring up the unfortunate series of events that led to Swartz committing suicide under the threat of persecution. Love has 14 days to appeal against Rudd’s order and will almost certainly do so.

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WikiLeaks: Podesta Received E-mails On Extraterrestrial Disclosure

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While most fallout from the Podesta emails has been political, there are extraterrestrial implications for some of the e-mails released by whistleblower source WikiLeaks. 

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An email on behalf of Apollo astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta turned up in the recent data dumps. The email was sent by Rebecca Wright of the Institute of Exoconsciousness. 

Mitchell requested in an email dated July 29, 2014 to meet with President Barack Obama to discuss extraterrestrial disclosure, but was partially rebuffed.

“Fifty years ago Battelle, Brookings and RAND studies on UFOs convinced the government to remove knowledge of the extraterrestrial presence from the citizens of our country. These organizations advised with their best information. However, today much, if not most, of the extraterrestrial reality they examined is known by our citizens,” the e-mail states. “These organizations’ resultant strategies and policies of 50 years ago no longer hold credibility or benefit.” Mitchell says a well-informed public is important to further disclosure. 

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Podesta’s secretary wrote Mitchell saying Mr. Podesta would rather meet alone before arranging a meeting with Obama. A Skype meeting was scheduled for Aug 11, but whether or not the meeting happened is unclear. Mitchell died in February 2016.

According to the leaks, former Blink 182 frontman Tom Delonge emailed John Podesta twice about extraterrestrial beings.

“Things are moving with the project. The novels, films and nonfiction works are blooming and finishing,” DeLonge said in an October 2015 email to Podesta. “I would like to bring two very ‘important’ people out to meet you in DC. I think you will find them very interesting, as they were principal leadership relating to our sensitive topic.” DeLonge emailed again later.

“When Roswell crashed, they shipped it to the laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. General McFasland was in charge of that exact laboratory up to a couple years ago,” DeLonge wrote. “He not only knows what I’m trying to achieve, he helped assemble my advisory team. He’s a very important man.”

Hacked reported in 2015 that DeLonge was working on various ET-related projects, and the former pop-punk superstar, whose 1999 album Enema of the State sold 15 million copies worldwide, has since released books and plans to release a documentary on extra terrestrials.

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12 Hacktivists You Should Know About

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Hacktivism, a phenomenon specific to the digital age, represents the subversive use of computers and computer networks. The term was coined by the Cult of the Dead Cow in 1994.

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Hacktivists represent a broad range of personalities and goals. They’ve recently played a greater role in the collective conscious as cyber attacks at banks and governments become a more regular occurrence.

1. Edward Snowden

President Obama once said of Edward Snowden: “I’m not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker.”

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Edward Snowden became notorious after blowing the whistle on mass surveillance in the United States and abroad. It’s been estimated that, since the whistleblowing, Snowden is one of the most powerful figures on Twitter.

2. Aaron Swartz

Aaron_Swartz_4_at_Boston_Wikipedia_Meetup,_2009-08-18American hacktivist Aaron Swartz took part in the development of the web feed format RSS, as well as the organization Creative Commons. A partner in Reddit, he ultimately committed suicide while under federal investigation for data-theft.

Arrested by MIT police on January 6, 2011, Swartz faced breaking-and-entering charges due to installing a computer in an Institute closet to download academic journal articles from JSTOR. Federal prosecutors charged him with two counts wire fraud and eleven violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Swartz faced $1 million in fines and 35 years in prison. Swartz declined a plea bargain under which he would have served six months in federal prison. When prosecution rejected his counteroffer, he was found dead by hanging in his Brooklyn apartment two days later. In June 2013, Swartz was posthumously inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.

3. The Jester

Who The Jester is, nobody knows. He claims responsibility for many, many DoS (Denial of Service) attacks against WikiLeaks, Islamist sites, homophobic sites and the President of Iran. He claims responsibility for developing DoS software, XerXes.

With Wikileaks in the news, almost makes you wonder: Where’s The Jester now?

4. Barrett Brown

Barrett Brown worked closely with Anonymous. The former writer was not a formidable coder or hacker, but he became a marketing figure for the hacking group, including news appearances. Brown has faced numerous charges related to hacking. In January 2015, he was sentenced to 63 months. 

5. Hector Xavier Monsegur (Sabu) 

Sabu co-founded Lulzsec, going onto receiving press attention after a 50-day hacking spurt targeting the likes of the CIA, Fox, Stratfor, and the US Senate and others. Sabu later turned away from hacktivism, becoming an informant for the FBI and working for them for more than ten months. 

6. Jake Davis (Topiary)

This once active member of Anonymous moved onto LulzSec. During a court appearance in 2011, he pleaded guilty to a charge related to a hack on the Serious Organised Crime Agency’s (SOCA) website. Davis ran the LulzSec Twitter account. Details on his computer leaked him to a hack of Sony. 

7. Oxblood Ruffin

Canadian hacker Oxblood Ruffin is the “Foreign Minister” of the Cult of the Dead Cow network, a hacktivist group. Oxblood can often be seen in the media criticizing the actions of Anonymous and LulzSec

8.  Deric Lostutter (KYAnonymous) 

When two members of an Ohio high school football team were charged with the rape of an intoxicated 16-year-old girl, Lostutter helped leak a video of two Ohio high school football players joking about the rape of an intoxicated 16-year-old girl. He faces charges for hacking a fan page of the football team and could face a 10-year prison sentence.

9. Ron Gonggrijp

This Dutch hacker speaks out against surveillance on citizens by governments and the lack of security in public electronic voting systems. He became a well-known teenage hacker and even appeared in the Jan Jacobs’s book Kraken en Computers (Hacking and computers, Veen uitgevers 1985, ISBN 90-204-2651-6) which details the early hacking scene in the Netherlands.  Authorities in the Netherlands and the United States considered him a “major security threat.’

10.  Jacob Appelbaum

Appelbaum, a Cult of the Dead Cow member, is reportedly a key player behind Tor and now an American journalist. He is the co-founder of the San Francisco hackerspace Noisebridge and has worked for kink.com and Greenpeace. Appelbaum was a trusted confidant of NSA’s Edward Snowden and had access to Snowden’s top secret documents during the 2013 global surveillance disclosure. 

11. Gary Mckinnon

Mckinnon is responsible for what’s called the “biggest military computer hack of all time.”  He hacked almost 100 American military and NASA servers in 13 months from 2001 to 2002.  His goal while hacking NASA was to discover evidence of extraterrestrials.

 “A NASA photographic expert said that there was a Building 8 at Johnson Space Center where they regularly airbrushed out images of UFOs from the high-resolution satellite imaging,” he said. “I logged on to NASA and was able to access this department. They had huge, high-resolution images stored in their picture files. They had filtered and unfiltered, or processed and unprocessed, files.” 

12. John McAfee

The 2016 Presidential Candidate, John McAfee, had a run-in with authorities who he claims set him up for murder. He hacked every major computer of Belize government bureaucracies to prove his innocence. He found evidence that implicated officials in corruption, laundering, drug running and murder. He organized his own escape out of Belize to avoid arrest. He recently posted on social media he got into a shootout with police, though this was a joke. 

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