Anonymous has been making the Internet interesting to be on for the past couple of years as they hacked a number of services like PayPal, breached the PlayStation Network, and hacked the CIA website. Today, they’re making their voice heard through the White House’s website, WhiteHouse.gov, but for once, they’re not relying on hacking methods to get their point across.
Anonymous have launched a petition on WhiteHouse.gov with the title “Make, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), a legal form of protesting.” In their petition, they write:
“With the advance in internet techonology, comes new grounds for protesting. Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), is not any form of hacking in any way. It is the equivalent of repeatedly hitting the refresh button on a webpage. It is, in that way, no different than any “occupy” protest. Instead of a group of people standing outside a building to occupy the area, they are having their computer occupy a website to slow (or deny) service of that particular website for a short time.
As part of this petition, those who have been jailed for DDoS should be immediatly released and have anything regarding a DDoS, that is on their “records”, cleared.”
It’s interesting for Anonymous to attempt to rally the Internet around it in order to have a petition be considered to the U.S. Government. What makes this more interesting is their request to have anyone who has been jailed for DDoS attacks to be released and have their record cleared of the attacks. We’re not entirely sure why Anonymous would want that to be a part of the petition as it leads us to believe maybe one of their own is having a little bit of trouble with their record.
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