YouTube is a wonderful space for creatively-minded people to share dog videos, jokes and beauty tutorials with their friends and families. Sometimes people get super famous and branch into their own books or movies, and sometimes people make lovely collab videos with other famous friends. But sometimes, people like to wear V for Vendetta masks and threaten potential GOP Presidential Donald Trump with cyberwar.
Yes, welcome to another average Thursday on the Internet. In one corner we have a two hour, interactive cat video, and in the other we have a group of hacktivists attempting to destroy Donald Trump and his entire election campaign. How are they planning on doing it? By dismantling his website, www.TrumpChicago.com, and posting his (not proven to be legit) birth certificate and phone numbers. Le sigh.
In the video, dubbed and narrated by Microsoft Sam, Anonymous directly talk to Donald Trump; “Dear Donald Trump, we have been watching you for a long time and what we see is deeply disturbing. Your inconsistent and hateful campaign has not only shocked the United States of America, you have shocked the entire planet with your appalling actions and ideas”. They’re asking that everyone, regardless of hacking ability, should takedown Trump’s Chicago website on April 1st with a traffic overload, otherwise known as a’DDoS attack’.
However, this video has sparked up some important questions: The channel this was uploaded to only had 20k subscribers, with videos view videos ranging in their thousands, so can this even be part of the genuine Anonymous body? Furthermore, simply DDoSing a website will only cause it to shut down temporarily, instead of actually doing anything that may threaten Trump’s campaign. With so many people claiming to be a singular body called ‘Anonymous’, it’s almost laughable to think that this threat will come to mean anything at all.
Just look at this previous threat back in December 2015 following Trump’s controversial speech about “banning Muslims from entering the USA” to see what Anonymous can say, but very rarely follow up on.
So far, Trump’s team haven’t published any comments on the threat, but if you’re curious to follow the attack/debate then the video encourages you to check out the Anonymous hub, #OpTrump.