Anonymous Declares War: On October 10 at 3:30 p.m., the New York Stock Exchange Will Be No More [UPDATED]

anon nyse Anonymous Declares War: On October 10 at 3:30 p.m., the New York Stock Exchange Will Be No More [UPDATED]

The hacker collective Anonymous has released another video and with it, another declaration of war–this time on the New York Stock Exchange. A serious attack on the NYSE’s infrastructure would devastate global trade, but Anonymous’s exact aim is unclear. However, the hacker collective is planning to overwhelm the exchange’s public-facing website, NYSE.com,  in a DDOS attack.

In its typically-articulate message, Anonymous expresses solidarity with the protesters gathering in a park two blocks from Wall Street.

For too long, the crimes of Wall Street bankers, CEOs, and a corrupt political system have created economic injustices that has gone unchallenged. A new civil rights movement has begun.

Today, the brave citizens of New York are standing up to these atrocities, a voice of reason in an ever-failing society. Over the past few days, thousands of people have chosen to take a stand against these injustices. The 1% has abused the freedom they have been given. We are taking to the streets to show the wealthy elite that we, the 99%, are no longer going to grease the gears of this abhorrent system.

Anonymous had already declared its support for the movement a week before the protest started. Betabeat glimpsed some youth wandering the protest’s hub, Zuccotti Park in the financial district, with Guy Fawkes masks–and apparently some protesters on the ground are going around claiming to be part of the hacktivist group. Anonymous has brought in some WiFi and technically skilled folks, but so far Anonymous’s biggest contribution to the movement has been click-based–retweets, publicity, that sort of thing.

If the hackers take down the NYSE, it could actually ding the industry the protesters haven’t really managed to hurt yet–aside from disrupting the usually-quiet morning walks of some of the area’s bankers. (Note: Many of the city’s finance professionals don’t work on Wall Street–most of the trading is now done digitally, leaving the trading floor to ossify into an increasingly irrelevant symbol.)

FULL TRANSCRIPT:

Citizens of the World,

We are Anonymous.
For too long, the crimes of Wall Street bankers, CEOs, and a corrupt political system have created economic injustices that has gone unchallenged. A new civil rights movement has begun.
Today, the brave citizens of New York are standing up to these atrocities, a voice of reason in an ever-failing society. Over the past few days, thousands of people have chosen to take a stand against these injustices. The 1% has abused the freedom they have been given. We are taking to the streets to show the wealthy elite that we, the 99%, are no longer going to grease the gears of this abhorrent system.

The lifeblood of the country is the working class, without it our people and our economy will crumble. Those who sustain present-day colonialism are the enablers of modern-day fascism. Our government has granted hefty tax exemptions to the rich at the cost of our social services. We as taxpayers have served as the multi-billion dollar credit line to the companies and banks that continue to systematically abuse us.

We are here to say that we do matter. We will not be manipulated, threatened, or toyed with by the wealthy. No longer can you acquire profit and political power to our detriment.
These few people are running the world, and they are running it into the ground.
Political power cannot be traded or bought; it must be earned and agreed upon by the governed. This is our chance to show them that the people will not allow this to continue.

We are forced out of our homes. We are denied medical care. We suffer from poverty and pollution. We work long hours just to stay afloat, while the 1% reap benefits we can only imagine. Our sworn enemy is the corrupted corporation. –We are the 99%.

You have complained that something needs to be done. You now have an opportunity to make a difference.
Join the protests. Organize your own. Watch online. Be a part of the movement.

This is our movement. This is your moment.
Together, make history.

Vox Populi, Vox Anon.
The Voice of The People is the Voice of Anonymous.
The voice of the weak that are unable to speak. The voice of those strong who are enslaved.
We are your voice. We are the 99%.
We do not forgive corruption. We do not forget mistreatment.
Wall Street, Expect us.

TARGET: nyse.com 10 October 3:30 PM EST

The Observer reached out to the NYSE and will update with their comment.

Anonymous also recently declared war on Facebook–or put a hit out on the social network, depending on how you look at it–set for November 5, Guy Fawkes day.

UPDATE: A commenter points us to another message also purporting to be from Anonymous: “Operation Invade Wall Street is bullshit! It is a fake planted operation by law enforcement and cyber crime agencies in order to get you to undermine the Occupy Wall Street movement. It proposes you use depreciated tools that have known flaws such as LOIC.”