Anonymous’ Donald Trump threat has everything to do with his “inconsistent and hateful campaign” against the GOP frontrunner. The hacking group has declared “total war” on Donald Trump, and Anonymous promises to uncover and expose embarrassing information about the Republican presidential candidate, according to New York Daily News.
“We need you to shut down his campaign and sabotage his brand,” said an Anonymous Guy Fawkes-masked individual in the video. Donald Trump has been targeted because according to the masked activist, “your inconsistent and hateful campaign has not only shocked the United States America, you have shocked the entire planet with your appalling actions and ideas.”
The group is using the #OpTrump hashtag, and the collective is asking for help to bring down TrumpChicago.com on April 1st. It also plans to target personal and business sites like donaldjtrump.com, trump.com, trumphotelcollection.com and the candidate’s online presidential destinations including donaldtrump2016online.com and citizensfortrump.com.
The collective has already posted unverified personal information about Donald Trump and staff, including his social security number.
This is the second time Donald Trump has been targeted by the group. Anonymous posted a message to the candidate in 2015 regarding his comments about Muslims.
“We have been watching you for a long time and what we’ve seen is deeply disturbing. You don’t stand for anything but your personal greed and power,” the voice in the video says. “This is a call to arms. Shut down his websites, research and expose what he doesn’t want the public to know. We need you to dismantle his campaign and sabotage his brand.”
The video includes clips of some of the controversial things Trump has said over the course of his campaign, including referring to Mexican immigrants as rapists, and saying Syracuse Native Megan Kelly had “blood coming out of wherever” during the first Republican primary debate last year.
Anonymous’ coordinated attack on Trump’s properties is being called #OpTrump, and comes on the heels of a previous cyber attack in December, during which the website for New York City’s Trump Tower was taken offline. That attack was in response to Trump’s suggestion that all Muslims be banned from entering the United States.
Anonymous has threatened to use a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against Trump. The simple method of service disruption involves overloading the backend of a website by bombarding it with an overwhelming number of access attempts.
The Anonymous attack plan was met with mixed applause on social media. Some users cheered Anonymous on for going after Trump, while others pondered whether it was an effective method of slowing Donald Trump’s momentum.
One thing Anonymous could do that may do damage to Trump’s campaign would be to find and leak his tax returns, which is something the candidate who “tells it like it is” has been very reluctant to do. Trump has claimed that he can’t release this year’s returns because he’s being audited but this wouldn’t stop him from releasing previous years’ returns.
That said, it’s equally likely that Anonymous won’t do anything major except for vandalizing some of Trump’s websites for a day or two. The hacker collective has shown itself to have something akin to attention deficit disorder when it comes to attacking its plethora of targets, although it did help last year with the removal of hundreds of ISIS-affiliated Twitter accounts.
Anonymous’ Donald Trump threat taken serious earlier in March when the candidate’s voicemail was hacked, revealing what some described as “cozy” relationships with members of the national media. The Anonymous hack, however, did not appear to dissuade Donald Trump’s voters, who delivered the frontrunner primary victories in Florida and North Carolina.