'Invade Wall Street': Occupy Wall Street's Evil (And Probably Fake) Twin

Occupy Wall Street is in its 18th day. Things are picking up steam a bit: the protesters have a big rally with the Transport Workers Union planned for tomorrow and they've also teamed up with a fancy PR firm, though they deny that they asked for any professional help with their media relations. But now Anonymous is messing with the game plan, as it's wont to do (not that there's necessarily a real game plan here). "Invade Wall Street" is a planned DDoS attack on the New York Stock Exchange. Sounds pretty typical, except Anonymous is denying that it's involved. Or is it? Here we go again.

Remember when Anonymous wanted to destroy Facebook? But they didn't actually want to destroy Facebook? This might be something like that.

The original call to action swears that ""On October 10th, NYSE shall be erased from the Internet. On October 10th, expect a day that will never, ever, be forgotten."

Thing is, Anonymous says the people behind Invade Wall Street are just imposters:

Citizens of the world

We are Anonymous! Recently something very disturbing has come to our attention. You must take all notices and information claiming to be 'Anonymous' with a grain of salt. Consider EVERYTHING.

Operation Invade Wall Street is bullshit! It is a fake planted operation by law enforcement and cyber crime agencies in order to get you to undermine the Occupy Wall Street movement. It proposes you use depreciated tools that have known flaws such as LOIC.

Anonymous would never tell you to use LOIC - Not after the arrests and failures of Operation Payback.

Anonymous wouldn't attack NYSE on a HOLIDAY - It is debatable if Anonymous would ever even attack NYSE.

Be wary friends!

We are Anonymous
We are Legion
We do not Forgive
We do not Forget
Expect Us
Be wary of imitations!

Or is that Anonymous? Christ. We're guessing that this one will turn out the same way the pretend Facebook attack did, but who knows -- if the NYSE is DDoS'able, some hacker out there could really be planning to DDoS the NYSE, whether or not it's Anonymous. That could catalyze the kind of shake-up OWS is looking for, but it's definitely not in in keeping with their M.O. up to this point.

An Occupy Wall Street rep had no knowledge of the Anonymous-or-not-Anonymous plan when we called this morning.

[rgray@villagevoice.com] [@_rosiegray]

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ricohenry7
ricohenry7

Mayor Bloomberg is allowing the construction companies of DeFoe and Conti to steal millions of city dallors along with the corrupt EEOC. Both DeFoe and Conti have been investigated by the corrupt EEOC for gender discrimination. The president white house staff also has a gender discrimination problem too (Confidence Man) by Suskind. The countries civil rights laws are used to make illegal money by the elite officials. Great Con Game. kou do's to the Mayor of NYC and the President. Can anyone stop them? Where's are free press???

HelenNPN
HelenNPN

Anonymous is everyone, so the fakesters will catch a few kids who beileve in the stated ideals and don't know any better than to act in an illegal manner.  They'll persecute them and "make examples" out of them.  Which of course will only inspire more kids and people to enter the movement and act on their ideals, but be smarter about it, or simply protest openly.

Silly wabbits, Trix is for kidz.

Jeremy Questionmaster Ross
Jeremy Questionmaster Ross

The first sign that Anonymous was hijacked  was when some one decided it was to back an ideology. I blame the protests against scientology. That was never for the "lulz" alone; it had  ego driven intentions to elicit a goal based on some moral high-ground. No, legion has died off long ago, and those who feel they are "part of something" are being lied to; there was never a single member in the true existence of Anonymous.

Chris Menning
Chris Menning

The author doesn't seem to understand that THERE IS NO OFFICIAL BRANCH OF ANONYMOUS. 

Doc Holliday
Doc Holliday

This is probably engineered by none other than Wall Street to discredit the movement.

Jenquinn / Realtor
Jenquinn / Realtor

As a Realtor watching all these home owners illegally thrown out on the streets for the past 4 years, while the banksters and servicing companies lied to these home owners saying “Oh yea your good just keep sending in this $ amount per month and your going to be fine, long enough to collect from these home owners as much in pocket then pull the rug from under them and foreclose, while the courts allow this is a shock to what I once knew… These poor people /families /kids /animals thrown out of their home and lied to by these bastards!Their have been families who killed their entire family thinking their was no other way out, their were people who hung themselves or put the gun against their head and pulled the trigger!! THIS IS MURDER ON THE BANKSTERS AND ALL INVOLVED. They made these people feel worthless, as i said these BAstards. THATS WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT..

Legalknievel
Legalknievel

How is that evil? Isn't granting heavy tax exemptions to the rich at the cost of our social services the evil part? Were you even listening Rosie? I care if kids starve or lack education, or if people can't live their lives with dignity and security, but if a bunch of selfish bankers don't get to play fast and loose with the economy for a while cos Anonymous breaks their toys I will not care at all. In fact, it might help the economy.

Dean
Dean

You think it's fake? LOL One thing you need to know about Anonymous is that they don't fuck around.

HelenNPN
HelenNPN

Sorry grasshopper, but "There is nothing constant in the Universe except change." - Lao Tsu

Anon
Anon

As a mortgage originator who has worked in the field since 1996, I have seen the corruption and greed of some people in the banking industry.  I have also seen the corruption and greed of many realtors who pushed people to buy homes they knew were overpriced, then pushed these same people directly into the hands of crooked and dishonest 'bankers' who then got them a god awful subprime loan that never should have been made available the government in the first place.

HelenNPN
HelenNPN

Would you happen to have a link to the news stories about the people who killed their families for these reasons?

I would be interested in seeing this.

Ted Hicksie
Ted Hicksie

Invade Wall Street is a corporate sham by a group of security hackers associated with News Corp.

The goal is to provide an excuse to shut down the Occupy protests before they have time to grow, and it must look like a 'reasonable use of force.' 

I can only speculate on the reasoning, but since News Corps hacking scandal is about to jump the pond, I believe the plan is to weaken or shut down the protest before they have some real meat to feed on.

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