Anonymous has a new target.
Not 24 hours after the U.S. Army announced it had filed 22 counts against reputed WikiLeaks source Pfc. Bradley Manning, including one capital count of aiding the enemy, Anonymous issued a new threat Thursday.
“The decision to charge Bradley Manning with a capital offense in addition to other charges is a provocation, and Anonymous is set to respond accordingly,” spokesman Barrett Brown wrote on DailyKos. He said the group will keep going after corporate execs involved in plots against WikiLeaks, and he told The Daily News, “We are looking at information on various military officials.”
The Tech Herald has spoken to one of those involved for a rundown of current events.
“Manning is an absolute hero. If this means me going to fucking prison, then that’s fine,” said Barrett Brown earlier today in an interview.
Earlier today, Brown said that Manning must be given clothes, sheets, blankets, and access to books within the week, adding that Anonymous’ plans for those responsible for his conditions will play out in the public soon.
As part of their plans, Anonymous will wage a media war with those responsible for Manning’s conditions. Not only will those at the Brig be singled out, but those who reported Manning to the authorities will find themselves in the crosshairs as well. While the actions will be non-violent, the repercussions could be severe for those caught up in the fight.
Brown said that he and those working with him, which include active-duty sources inside the military system, will start by doxing those involved.
Doxing is a process that includes gathering as much information on a target as possible, and releasing it to the public. In some cases, it is kept out of the public and used for other reasons. Given the sheer mass of information available on the Internet, there is very little a person could hide. However, doxing also includes information gathering offline as well.
“The Internet is a weapon. It’s already weaponized, and those of us who know how to use this weapon have the advantage. I know who else was involved in turning [Manning] in. I’m not sure what to do on that yet, but we’re speaking among ourselves abut that.”
At this point, Brown says he wants the feds and other top people in the U.S. Intel community to talk to him, “…so we can explain the situation.”
“We have some of their former employees on our side, and those guys are getting angrier the more they see how right Anon was,” he added.
In a crowdsourced document used to coordinate the group’s actions, Anonymous hackers name Department of Defense Press Secretary Geoff Morell and chief warrant officer Denise Barnes as targets and call on members to dig up personal information on both, including phone numbers, personal histories and home addresses. The goal of the operation, for now, is to “dox” the two officials, the typical Anonymous method of publishing personal information of victims and using it for mass harassment.
“Targets established,” reads the document, before naming Morell and Barnes. “We’re in the ruining business. And business is good.”
The group, which is calling its attack “Operation Bradical,” also lists demands as follows:
“Manning must be given sheets, blankets, any religious texts he desires, adequate reading material, clothes, and a ball. One week. Otherwise, we continue to dox and ruin those responsible for keeeping him naked, without bedding, without any of the basic amenities that were provided even to captured Nazis in WWII.”
One member of Anonymous, who tells me he’s not associated with the action, says that doxing will likely include “ruin life tactics” such as “ordering them pizza, sending them thousands of boxes, reporting them to police for drug abuse, sex offenders list, tricking their ISPs into canceling the Internet, messing with their social security numbers, false flag, fax harassment, phone harassment, email bombing, subscriptions to magazines, diapers, tampons.”
Planning and coordination for Operation Bradical involves those that are directly associating themselves with Anonymous. At the same time, it includes those who support Anonymous’ goals, but do not associate themselves with the title of Anon. Operation Bradical is an example of how Anonymous as a whole has the ability to take on several things at once, and to do so while working with others who are not necessarily one of their own.
Recently, Anonymous members appear to have broadened their targets by suggesting attacks on the US military. On publicly accessible document-sharing sites, they have been discussing plans to target the brig in Quantico, Virginia, where Private Manning is being held under what his attorney said were unjustifiable conditions.
One collaborative document states the “purpose” of the contemplated operation is to “harass staff at MCB Quantico Brig to the point of frustration”. The “plan” is described as a “complete communications shutdown” of the facilities’ internet pages and phone links.
A Quantico spokesman, Lieutenant Agustin Solivan, said officials had referred the matter to law enforcement and counter-intelligence agencies. “We are aware of the threat and any threats to defence department information systems and networks are taken seriously,” he said. “The intent or stating that you are going to commit a crime is a crime in itself,” he added.