Anonymous, the non-hierarchical, worldwide hacker collective, has selected Donald Trump as their latest target by initiating #OpTrump, citing his recent call to ban all Muslim immigration as the reason for their offensive.
In a YouTube video, the symbolic Guy Fawkes mask is worn by a figure who speaks to the camera with a heavily modified and computerized voice to mask the speaker’s identity.
In it, Donald Trump is called out for his most recent anti-Muslim comments, which have been met with near-universal public criticism from people such as Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and even Republican Speaker Paul Ryan, among many, many others.
The speaker takes time to acknowledge and explain the danger of Trump’s rhetoric:
“Donald Trump, it has come to our attention that you want to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. This policy is going to have a huge impact. This is what ISIS wants. The more Muslims feel sad, the more ISIS feels they can recruit them. The more the United States appears to be targeting Muslims, not just radical Muslims, you can be sure that ISIS will be putting that on their social media campaign. Donald Trump, think twice before you speak anything. You have been warned… ”
In their often-unorthodox parlance, Anonymous also announced the attack against Trump and the beginning of #OpTrump via tweet:
— F.I.B.S. (@FibsFreitag) December 9, 2015
The attack itself was a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack — wherein a site is flooded with fake requests in a purposeful attempt to overload the servers for the site and cripple its operation — against Trump’s website www.trumptowerny.com [Editor: Link purposefully not included].
The site was down for at least an hour during the attack, according to media sources that attempted to access the site during the attack. It appears that the website is now functioning, however.
As with almost any Anonymous statement, due to the inherently fractured nature of the organization, it is unclear as of yet how much support #OpTrump has, though this DDOS attack could very well be merely the beginning of a major offensive.
The hacker collective is also currently engaged in a steady campaign against ISIS, and has claimed that it has taken down “thousands” of social media accounts linked to extremist sects. It has also declared December 11th as an “ISIS trolling day,” an event where they encourage anyone to harass, mock, or otherwise hamper ISIS online via whatever means they have at their disposal.