Yesterday news told one story about the hacker group “Anonymous” wanting to shut down internet traffic, or at least make it very slow, on the end of March this year. We have, in the past, covered some of the actions of this group with admiration, because many times they stand up against systems and ideas that are well worth the opposition, however this time it looks like a generally bad idea.
The first thing is that it might not work at all, they want to target the servers who direct traffic across the internet to the domains (sites) visitors are looking for, by damaging those servers they could slow or even stop internet traffic, but these companies have too much on the line here and it is very unlikely that they will fall down without a proper fight.
The reason for all of this? SOPA. Good reason no doubt about it, but killing internet traffic to stop SOPA is almost like killing a patient to protest slow ER procedures. And much more… the US government has already signaled that it does not really need SOPA to act, as it did just a day after SOPA was put on the ice. If there is anything worth flighting about right now it much be ACTA, which is even more scary.
So we will need to wait and see what really goes down on March 31st, and if it does work out for Anonymous we should try and suggest better moves and better targets.