The Stop Online Piracy Act is anathema to Anonymous and its ilk, and a hot-button issue in Washington where it and its fellow, the PROTECT IP Act, are being considered by Congress. Among the key controversies of the acts, however, is how they would allow for government-sanctioned DNS blocking (the same method used to censor the internet in China) and make intellectual property infringement claims a guilty-until-proven-innocent proposition, putting the power in the hands of the accuser.
Sony supports SOPA, an act that Anonymous claims is tantamount to “a signed death warrant to SONY Company and Associates.” They threaten that they infiltrated the servers of Bank of America, The United States Department of Defense, The United Nations, and Lockheed Martin, over the course of a single day. Further, they remark that their aim extends to cover Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift, all of whom have also come forward in support of SOPA.
Whether or not one agrees with SOPA, it’s difficult to see Anonymous’ actions as anything more than digital terrorism, attempting to inspire fear to generate their desired outcome. It’s arguable that an act as constitutionally volatile as SOPA should never have made it as far into discussion as it has, but does that justify a group attacking the livelihoods of private corporations and individuals, further harming individual citizens in the process?
Anonymous is too busy not forgetting, too busy not forgiving, to notice.
By Shelby Reiches