NSA psychologically implanting ideas in your head so when they launch a future false flag cyber operation you already have your mind made up who is responsible. Anonymous hired by al Qaeda.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the NSA, has described in private meetings how “Anonymous could have the ability within the next year or two to bring about a limited power outage through a cyberattack”. These concerns haven’t been aired publicly, but rather reported by people familiar with the gatherings.
While up to now Anonymous has largely been in the habit of embarrassing large corporations—though it has done for a law firm—federal officials worry that the organization only wants to become more disruptive. Indeed, Anonymous has mentioned a plan to shut down the internet on March 31, which it refers to as Operation Global Blackout.
That is extremely unlikely. Similarly, widespread power outages as a result of attacking the power gird would be difficult to orchestrate, and instead any such attack would likely be isolated and limited in size. Fortunately, the power sector is bracing itself for such problems. “The industry is engaged and stepping up widely to respond to emerging cyber threats,” one electric-industry official told the WSJ.
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Other officials at the White House meeting, which was headed by John Brennan, deputy national security adviser, said it would take a little more time for Anonymous to obtain such a capability, closer to three to five years, the former official said. But all agreed it would likely be a threat in the next few years.
Possible scenarios discussed, the former official said, included one in which a foreign government developed the attack capability and outsourced it to a group like Anonymous, or if a U.S. adversary like al Qaeda hired hackers to mount a cyberattack.
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