The rogue hacktivist group known as Anonymous has issued a video announcing the beginning of Operation Empire State Rebellion, which is intended to target the Federal Reserve and its chairman Ben Bernanke.
The video, titled Control+Alt+Bernanke and posted on June 11, and indicates the operation is in response to the factors that lead the nation, and the world, into the current economic crisis. the group specifically calls out the Federal Reserve for what they consider to be the Fed's role as an instigator in the near collapse and subsequent bailout of the financial industry.
"Ninety days ago, we requested Ben Bernanke's resignation as Federal Reserve Chairman. Mr. Bernanke has not complied with our request. The Federal Reserve's policies are systematically looting the country to enrich one-tenth of one percent of the population. The Federal Reserve has deliberately driven tens of millions of people into poverty. The Federal Reserve is responsible for crimes against humanity." the video states.
"Our tax dollars were handed out as all-time record-breaking bonuses to top executives at the Too Big to Fail global banks... The Federal Reserve gave American tax dollars to their primary dealer banks, so the banks could then lend that smae money back to the US government at higher interest rates, leading to significant profits for the banks, at the further expense of the American public," the video continued.
"We cannot remain passive while our future is going up in flames. It is time for us to stand up for ourselves. It is time for you to stand up for yourself. We must restore the rule of law and fight back against the organized criminal class. We must now launch 'Operation Empire State Rebellion. The operation will commence on June 14," the video states.
The video does not indicate whether Anonymous plans to use distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks or undertake network hacking exploits as they have in prior operations.The video does ask supporter to occupy a public space until Bernanke resigns.
Among other activities, Anonymous recently launched a DDoS attack against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce website with mixed success, as well as targeting Sony with a DDoS attack campaign in early April.
Anonymous is also known for having breached the systems of HBGary Federal and for target DDoS attacks against the RIAA over copyright enforcement issues.
Previously, Anonymous gained attention for DDoS attacks against PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, PostFinance Bank, Amazon, Bank of America and others who had halted business relations with WikiLeaks.
The video ends with, "Operation Empire State Rebellion. Engaged. Expect us."