Anonymous Threatens Florida Over Charity Group Arrests

Hacking seems all the rage nowadays. Whether it’s LulzSec, or Anonymous, groups of hackers who keep their identity secret are all over the news, taking down this website and stealing information from that company. Whatever their motives, these hackers take enjoyment from breaking through the security systems of major businesses in order to gain infamy around the world.

Anonymous are back again, this time threatening the state of Orlando, Florida over in the US. The BBC reports that Anonymous has taken down www.orlandofloridaguide.com because members of the group Food Not Bombs were arrested for handing out food to homeless people. Those members were arrested because the group did not obtain a permit allowing them to hand out food.

Food Not Bombs has said that they are not affiliated with Anonymous in any way. Regardless, in what it calls ‘Operation Orlando’, Anonymous are taking down different Orlando related websites every day until the arrests stop. They have also said that they will e-mail millions of people in order to get them to avoid Orlando as a holiday destination.

As far as non-violent political protests go, this looks as if it could be successful. The biggest issue here is that this is a charity versus government issue, and Anonymous is just taking up the challenge because they can. It looks like a lot of innocent businesses are going to take hits from these attacks, and if I were the Orlando governing body I would sort out the permit issue as soon as possible before their tourism industry suffers. Of course in these scenarios it’s never as easy as it initially looks, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens as a result of these attacks.

For more information check out the full article over on the BBC News website. Are these attacks justified, or are Anonymous simply just doing this because they can? Let us know in the comments below.