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Controversial YouTube user AnonymousVoice777 has made a video threatening to target the servers hosting Facebook, Twitter and more in light of Congress’ recent closure of Megaupload.com.
Less than 72 hours after the closure of popular file-sharing website Megaupload, YouTube user AnonymousVoice777 has posted a video in which threats are made to the security of social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as to corporate companies and even the United Nations. The video’s narrator, using the guise of a voice modulator, dictates that:
“We are prepared to unleash a full-scale global blackout of these websites … if Megaupload is not reinstated to the Internet. We have access to banking and credit card information of millions of citizens … to those who support SOPA … you have been warned.”
The video closes with the voice declaring:
“We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.”
The claims made here are as of yet unsubstantiated, but the video has become a viral sensation since it was first posted on January 19th, so far attracting close to half a million hits while AnonymousVoice777’s YouTube channel has amassed over 2,000 subscribers. There is no indication that the threats made here will indeed amount to anything in execution, however, the popularity of the video suggests that public opposition to the highly-contested SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) bills is as strong as ever.
These bills, which seek to make amendments to the current rules and monitoring of copyright piracy, have so far been stalled after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith postponed the vote “until there is wider agreement on a solution.” Nevertheless, supporters of AnonymousVoice777 appear eager to continue in their protests of the bills before any such vote can be carried out, with one further video appearing on late Monday (January 23rd) with information on how the public can get involved with this alleged multi-platform blackout.
The gargled narrator repeats its earlier declaration and provides an in-depth breakdown of how this blackout would take place on its scheduled date of January 28th.
AnonymousVoice777’s identity remains unknown, however, the possibility of it being a title adopted by unconnected opposers to SOPA and PIPA has been raised after Senator Chuck Grassley’s Twitter account was hacked by a figure urging Grassley’s followers:
“Dear Iowans, vote against ACTA, SOPA, and PIPA because this man, Chuck Grassley wants YOUR Internet censored and all of that BS.”
These tweets have since been deleted and no reference to the hacking was made in AnonymousVoice777’s latest YouTube video, thus, the uncertainty over the user’s true identity has only served to strengthen public interest in these proposed acts of protests; whether or not anything will come of these allegation remains to be seen.