Anonymous Plans To Shutdown The Servers That Power The Internet On March 31

Members of the hacking group, Anonymous, have posted a document on Pastebin, detailing and discussing plans to conduct Denial of Service attacks on the 6 DNS Servers that the internet runs on. Anonymous says the shutdown will be in response to SOPA, Wall Street and the US’s plans to retaliate cyber-attacks with military force. Here are snippets of the post

To protest SOPA, Wallstreet, our irresponsible leaders and the beloved bankers who are starving the world for their own selfish needs out of sheer sadistic fun, On March 31, the Internet will go black.

In order to shut the Internet down, one thing is to be done. Down the 13 root DNS servers of the Internet. Those servers are as follows:


By cutting these off the Internet, nobody will be able to perform a domain name lookup, thus, disabling the HTTP Internet, which is, after all, the most widely used function of the Web. Anybody entering “” or ANY other url, will get an error page,thus, they will think the Internet is down, which is, close enough.  Remember, this is a protest, we are not trying to ‘kill’ the Internet,  we are only temporarily shutting it down where it hurts the most.

The Pentagon has concluded that cyber-attacks from another country can be constituted as an act of war and that opens a door for the US to respond with military force. Anonymous claims the US is looking for an excuse for war and calls its leaders irresponsible. Another question has been raised; if your country’s cyber-space properties get attacked by a foreign entity and you wish to respond with physical military force, what exactly do you attack? Data centres? Houses of hackers?

If this happens, the fear of Anonymous will be up by another level. The FBI has continually stated that stopping terrorism is its number one priority. Considering the fact that Anonymous members are spread around the world, another question has been raised. If the internet goes down, what country will war be declared on?

What do you think about Anonymous’ announcement? Please leave us a comment.

Source: Terry Zink’s Cyber Securty Blog


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  • The MTBIker

    Very interesting