Monday, November 14, 2011

Anonymous announces Thursday stock market takeover

Plans include subway occupation, Foley Square

New York – The hackers group known as Anonymous plans a day of obstruction and disruption of stock market operations and subway traffic on Thursday.

According to the group's news website, protesters will assemble at 7 a.m. to confront traders with stories of people adversely affected by securities trades.

“There, we will exchange stories rather than stocks.”

Using the “people's mic” technique of the crowd repeating the words of a speaker, the group plans to “take” Wall Street.

At 3 p.m., the operation will move to 16 central subway hubs in the 5 boroughs of New York, according to the announcement. In a similar tactic, they plan to use the “people's mic” to occupy the subway stations, board trains throughout the city, and tell their stories of adverse economic conditions which they blame on such practices as the trade of mortgage-based certified debt obligation derivatives.

At 5 p.m., they plan to move their operation to Foley Square, just across the street from City Hall, where they will occupy the area on the day which two months ago became the first day of the #OccupyWallSt movement.

Their plan will be to demonstrate in solidarity with trade unions who are demanding work to rebuild the nation's infrastructure.

Anonymous has become famous for hacking and disrupting such banking services as Visa and Mastercard in retaliation for the major banks' refusing to process payments of contributions for the Wikileaks organization, which distributed hundreds of thousands of confidential and secret files of the U.S. Diplomatic and intelligence services on the internet. These files were purloined by an Army communications specialist named PFC Bradley Manning at a base in Iraq.

The group claims it caused a slide in stock market trading following the arrests by FBI agents of persons suspected of membership in its ranks, successfully hacking into multiple law enforcement data processing systems, and blocking wire transfers of banking transactions.

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