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The cyberguerrilla group Anonymous — known for high-profile computer attacks on corporate and government targets — is urging its followers to come out from behind their PCs on Saturday and occupy Wall Street.
The aim: an Arab Spring-style protest over the “abuse and corruption of corporations, banks and governments.”
It’s not the first time the loose-knit group, which coalesced in 2003, has shifted from online hacktivism to offline activism. In 2008, it staged small street protests mostly in the U.S. and Europe against the Church of Scientology. Last month, masked “Anons,” as they are known, jammed San Francisco train stations after the Bay Area Rapid Transit blocked cellphone service to stop an anti-police protest.
But so far it’s the group’s online hacking that has gotten the most public attention. Operation Payback, for example, delivered punishing “distributed denial of service” attacks on PayPal, Amazon, Visa and MasterCard last year after the companies refused to process donations to WikiLeaks.