Anonymous threatens to shutdown the Internet

By on March 28, 2012
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To send a strong message to the wrongdoers of the world.


Straight out of a cheesy sci-fi movie, hacker group Anonymous has threatened to shutdown the entire Internet of the world.

Their purpose? To send a strong message against “SOPA, Wallstreet, our irresponsible leaders and the beloved bankers who are starving the world for their own selfish needs out of sheer sadistic fun.”

How do they plan to do something seemingly impossible to do? They will launch their favorite set of DDoS attacks on thirteen DNS severs that keeps the Internet chugging on. DNS servers are responsible for converting a web URL into an IP address the website’s server can recognize and act upon (you know, because computers cannot understand English language, or any for that matter). This won’t, of course, shutdown the Internet but block the most commonly used way of accessing it, aka the HTTP protocol.

“By cutting these off the Internet, nobody will be able to perform a domain name lookup, thus, disabling the HTTP Internet, which is, after all, the most widely used function of the Web. Anybody entering” or ANY other url, will get an error page, thus, they will think the Internet is down, which is, close enough. Remember, this is a protest, we are not trying to ‘kill’ the Internet, we are only temporarily shutting it down where it hurts the most,” Anonymous wrote in their press release published on Pastebin.

The group aims to carry the attack on March 31st.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

  • Anonymous

    31st March passed. Major FAIL to Anonymous

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