The hacktivist collective Anonymous has now set its sights on the State of the Union. In a call to arms published to one of Anonymous’ websites, the group announced its intentions to launch #opSOTU, an operation intended to disrupt all livefeeds of the State of the Union address scheduled for tonight at 9 p.m. EST.
Though it did not detail how exactly it plans to take down the livefeeds, Anonymous says the hack is in response to the death of hacker activist Aaron Swartz, whose suicide last month has been a lightning rod for the controversy surrounding the free and open Internet. Anonymous also calls out the President’s refusal to discuss the NDAA, military drones and Bradley Manning.
Reads the release:
The President of the United States of America, and the Joint Session of Congress will face an Army tonight.
We will form a virtual blockade between Capitol Hill and the Internet. Armed with nothing more than Lulz, Nyancat and PEW-PEW-PEW! Lazers, we will face down the largest superpower on Earth.
And we will win!
There will be no State of the Union Address on the web tonight.
(h/t The Daily Beast)