Anonymous has pretty much had all it can take of The New York Times’s bullshit and it’s not going to take it anymore. That’s the upshot of this “Anonymous Declaration of #OpNYT” posted on Pastebin sometime late yesterday. #OpNYT certainly sounds ominous, but as Gawker’s Adrian Chen noted in a tweet, “Anonymous’ press releases get somehow get longer-winded every time.”
This long-windedness makes it tough to parse what the eternally seething hacktivist collective is trying to say. In this instance Wikileaks, Stratfor and HBGary are all name-checked before the declaration segues into, inevitably, the Orwellian global surveillance system currently loathed by privacy activists everywhere, TrapWire. The Times’s minimal coverage of TrapWire (a system apparently controlled by the Cubic Corporation, which is referenced below) appears to have pushed Anonymous’s “epic invective” button:
The facts on Trapwire have since been confirmed by a series of other outlets ranging from The Daily Caller to Pravda to The New American to NBC.com to Cryptome, and by six Australian outlets that were promptly forced to delete the assertion via Cubic’s powerful lawyers – but these facts have yet to be acknowledged by the NYT nor by those other outlets that still think highly of the Grey Lady despite her being a filthy, poorly-composed whore – Thomas Friedman’s syphilitic dominatrix.
Anonymous also cries “Death to this horrid paper” before essentially saying we shouldn’t get out the popcorn in preparation for an epic hack. Anons are asked to spread “these and other failures of the New York Times by attaching the info to those deeds to come, and by encouraging all Anons to assist in this brief engagement” in conjunction with other ops, including #OpTrapWire.
After this call to arms, Anonymous mentions an interesting nugget of information–someone may have recently changed The New York Times’s website administrator’s password. Anonymous, however, does not approve, writing that such a prank is “amusing” but not part of the “generally-accepted Anonymous tradition of non-aggression via hacking or DOS towards publications not run (officially) by the state. Gawker has been only exception, lol Kayla.”
The #OpNYT announcement closes with, “Don’t wait. Retaliate. We do not forget.”
We did not expect that.