Anonymous Threatens Internet With "Operation Blackout"

Crazy Zaul

New member
Oct 5, 2010
This is the most appropriate thing I could find about this. I thought there would be lots of 'I call bullshit' memes/videos but apparently not.


+15 Dagger of Socks
Mar 25, 2010
Oh no! They're going to shut down teh interwebs! Run for your lives, the whiny kids think people still care about them!

Something Amyss

Aswyng and Amyss
Dec 3, 2008
Isn't this the third time "Anonymous" has threatened to shut down the internet to protest (in part, I guess) SOPA since SOPA was shelved? Did it pull an Eric Draven?

Also, is shutting down the internet, even if possible, the best way to get your point across?


New member
Apr 3, 2010
This is stupid. Most of their supporters use the internet daily. Why would they shut something down that their entire support group uses and loves? It'd be a better idea to shut down only the bankers or whoever's websites.


New member
Jun 8, 2011
Ha they could just take down facebook, and people would think the internet was down.


New member
Feb 16, 2009
i fully support this. don't get me wrong, i love the internet as much as the next #guy but anonymous has my full support, and it's beautiful to see people take action, and the fact that the internet is the new battleground for civil rights is just so damn cyberpunk, i love it.

if i knew how to hack, i'd join anonymous.

their clandestine nature does have a drawback though, i'd love to download the program and help the assault, but i'm not going to, because as a faceless organization, anyone can claim their name and offer a download with such well written and hidden trojans and viruses, i can't take that risk. i'm sure if they wanted access to my computer as is, it would be easy enough, but why invite the vampire in?


New member
Jul 8, 2010
Bob_F_It said:
And the people of Anonymous shoot themselves in the foot AGAIN, because quite frankly this doesn't spread a message; quite the opposite - it stems the flow of information, and people will not know what the fuss is about unless the news tells them.
I find your avatar (or at least the context of it) quite appropriate.

I have serious doubts that this is even possible. This just seems sensationalist and an attempt to get people to remember Anonymous.

Also, this is out of character for Anonymous. They don't broadcast their attacks days before they do it, they take credit after the fact.

Sniper Team 4

New member
Apr 28, 2010
Assuming they pull this off, how many people are they going harm or straight up kill? Jobs, livelihoods, and even lives depend on the internet. Doing this will screw over a lot of people.


New member
Sep 21, 2009
Am I the only one that feels really old right now? You kids these days, "shutting down the internet is a political protest"? What ever happened to storming a federal office building, taking a few hostages and then being unceremoniously defenestrated by Bruce Willis a la Die Hard?


Full Frontal Nerdity
May 25, 2010
On the one hand, this is a dumb fucking idea, and will probably cause worldwide problems if successful.

On the other hand, I'm not gonna be playing hockey and travelling that day, and I'm sure some of the reactions would be pretty darn funny...

Nah, still don't want this shit to go down.

kannibus said:
Am I the only one that feels really old right now? You kids these days, "shutting down the internet is a political protest"? What ever happened to storming a federal office building, taking a few hostages and then being unceremoniously defenestrated by Bruce Willis a la Die Hard?
Bless you for reminding me of the awesome power of the word 'defenestrated'.


New member
Apr 20, 2009
March 31 = April 1 + Leap Year

So I'm betting this is an elaborate April Fool's joke running afoul of Poe's Law.


New member
May 26, 2009
MiloP said:
March 31st...the day before April 1st? A day commonly know for jokes and hi-jinks?

Yeah, imma put my scepticism hat on here.
Yes I thought of that and wanted to see if anyone else saw this? Turns out your the only other one so far xD

sir.rutthed said:
But... Saturday is when the new episode of My Little Pony premiers!
My line of thought:

Oooh interesting. Would that be with their new ultra-powerful tool which took down Pastebin for 49 minuets when the tool had only been active for 12 seconds. Give a few thousand Hactivist sheep followers that tool and boom headshot.

Saturday... shit no ponies! :eek: I need my fix :(

hmm... better be safe, start steam in ofline mode the night before and leave the computer on... I could give it something to do... install some of the games on steam that I ha--- shit.
Proverbial Jon said:
They are going to shut down the entire internet? Is that even possible?
"The greatest enemy of freedom is a happy slave."

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, anonymous will shut the Internet down.


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 follow:


By cutting these off the Internet, nobody will be able to perform a
domain name look-up, 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.

While some ISPs uses DNS caching, most are configured to use a low
expire time for the cache, thus not being a valid failover solution
in the case the root servers are down. It is mostly used for speed,
not redundancy.

We have compiled a Reflective DNS Amplification DDoS tool to be used for
this attack. It is based on AntiSec's DHN, contains a few bugfix, a
different dns list/target support and is a bit stripped down for speed.

The principle is simple; a flaw that uses forged UDP packets is to be
used to trigger a rush of DNS queries all redirected and reflected to
those 13 IPs. The flaw is as follow; since the UDP protocol allows it,
we can change the source IP of the sender to our target, thus spoofing
the source of the DNS query.

The DNS server will then respond to that query by sending the answer to
the spoofed IP. Since the answer is always bigger than the query, the
DNS answers will then flood the target ip. It is called an amplified
because we can use small packets to generate large traffic. It is called
reflective because we will not send the queries to the root name servers,
instead, we will use a list of known vulnerable DNS servers which will
attack the root servers for us.

DDoS request ---> [Vulnerable DNS Server ] Normal client requests
| ( Spoofed UDP requests
| will redirect the answers
| to the root name server )
[ 13 root servers ] * BAM

Since the attack will be using static IP addresses, it will not rely
on name server resolution, thus enabling us to keep the attack up even
while the Internet is down. The very fact that nobody will be able to
make new requests to use the Internet will slow down those who will try
to stop the attack. It may only lasts one hour, maybe more, maybe even
a few days. No matter what, it will be global. It will be known.


download link in #opGlobalBlackout
The tool is named "ramp" and stands for Reflective Amplification. It is
located in the \ramp\ folder.

----------> Windows users

In order to run "ramp", you will need to download and install these two


The Winpcap driver is a standard library and the TOR client is used as
a proxy client for using the TOR network.

It is also recommended to use a VPN, feel free to choose your own flavor of this.

To launch the tool, just execute "\ramp\launch.bat" and wait. The attack
will start by itself.

----------> Linux users

The "ramp" linux client is located under the \ramp\linux\ folder and
needs a working installation of python and scapy.

Read more:

"He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither."
Benjamin Franklin

We know you won't listen. We know you won't change. We know it's because
you don't want to. We know it's because you like it how it is. You bullied
us into your delusion. We have seen you brutalize harmless old womans who were
protesting for peace. We do not forget because we know you will only use that
to start again. We know your true face. We know you will never stop. Neither
are we. We know.

We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not Forgive.
We do not Forget.
You know who you are, Expect us.

Read the first few lines :) More if you want but it will make less sense as you go on.

If they take down the main 13 DNS servers...

The internet is severely hampered to say the least.


New member
Nov 15, 2011
Go ahead, do it. What's it going to do?

Take off the internet for an hour before people who work with the internet as their job fix it because unlike some script kiddies, the people who have studied and worked with the servers for years know what they are doing and don't make idiotic protests in the name of "freedom" when in reality the only thing they are doing is trying to make everyone be their *****?

This protest is useless and goes against the rights of the people. After all, why should everyone have to suffer an internet black out just because some neckbeards are mad at the government? Yes SOPA is terrible bill that if passed would limit the flow of information, but this method is plain moronic in every way!

SOPA may be a bad bill, but the current protesting methods used are enough and expanding on that instead of "pulling the cord" is much more logical than this. Whoever hiding behind a screen thinking they are hero has no idea what they are thinking.


Gloria ex machina
Sep 21, 2009

so does this mean I should try and do all three of the projects I have due next week tomorrow?

OT: I like to think that this is a joke, not possible, or that there are benevolent people out there who would try and stop those attempting to do this. However I'm still gonna at least do the vast majority of the research I need for the next few days of school tomorrow.


New member
Aug 20, 2010
Well, I guess this is the motivation I need to get some actual work done, or just play something that doesn't require the internet.

Hello Roller Coaster Tycoon!


New member
Mar 15, 2011
Slaanax said:
This comes off as punishing the wrong people. If I lose my internet how does this punish big corporations.
Anonymous, or at least certain elements of it, have become corrupt.

Star Wars analogy go!

Imagine if the Rebel Alliance decided that instead of destroying the Death Star, they would capture it. Then they would send it down to Corrisant (spell-check?) and destroy the planet. To kill the emperor they would sacrifice the billions upon billions of other people living on the planet, and they'd be okay with doing so.

That's basically what they're saying they're willing to do. Cause harm to a lot of innocent bystanders in order to topple a few corrupt entities. They want to take out the big bad, and they don't care how much collateral damage they cause in the process.

Of course, they fail to realize that doing so makes them the big bad.