The loosely formed group of hackers that call themselves Anonymous have done a lot the past few months, including shutting down the websites for the RIAA, MPAA, Department of Justice, FBI, Universal Music Group, and BMI among others. The attacks have typically come as a statement against something they believe is wrong, including the conviction of the founders of The Pirate Bay and MegaUpload, as well as protests against bills like SOPA and PIPA.
Now, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Anonymous may have the power to shut down power grids in as little as a year. What we’ve learned the past few years from Anonymous is that the world governments have severely underestimated the group in the past, and they may do something earlier than that to prove that they can.
The director of the National Security Agency, Gen. Keith Alexander has brought the threat of such an attack to the White House, mostly due to the threat issued by Anonymous to shut down the entire internet on March 31st. Many say that doing something as wide scale as that is impossible, but what we’ve learned so far is that they will go above and beyond what they have done in the past to prove that they can. With the progression of anti-piracy policies on an international scale, you bet the group will have something to say about the internet remaining free, and the world governments have proven time and again that they are really under-prepared to defend against such attacks. I suppose we’ll see March 31st.