Anonymous seems to have its fingers in every political pie from here to the Middle East. A month or so after declaring war on ISIS, Anonymous has released it has an additional target: Donald Trump.
This week’s most recent video posting revealed that Anonymous will commit itself to fighting back against Trump’s most recent proposal to ban all Muslim people from traveling to the United States.
“This policy is going to have a huge impact. This is what ISIS wants,” explained the masked member of anonymous. “Donald Trump, think twice before you speak anything. You have been warned, Donald Trump.”
Their anti-Trump plan is aptly named #OpTrump and is aimed at removing the internet footprint of the tycoon-turned-politician. International Business Times reported that the operation has resulted in a denial of service attack on trumptowerny.com that lasted for hours last night.
A denial of service attack (DoS) comprises of an attack that renders a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users. This can be a temporary or indefinite condition intended to interrupt or suspend services of a host connected ot the internet.
Coincidentally, today is also Anonymous’s “Anti-ISIS Day of Rage”, which urges people to troll ISIS by using the twitter hashtag “#Daeshbags, Daesh being the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State.
Whether insulting ISIS is actually helpful or interesting is up for debate.. in general, the threat that Anonymous poses to ISIS is likely somewhat negatable, especially since the U.S. Federal Government and United Nations are doing everything they can and still running into issues.
Donald Trump may be more at Anonymous’s level; if they manage to screw with his campaign to the extent that he can’t continue his consistent output of hate speech and all the propaganda that conservatives love, Anonymous could actually slow down the momentum crucial to Trump’s campaign.
Anonymous is not alone in terms of grass-roots movements to stop Trump and show intense feelings of lack-of-support. Today marks the second day of circulation of the most popular petition in the UK. It proposes that Trump not be allowed to to travel to the United Kingdom and has already been signed by 458,230 UK citizens.
The petition was released in direct response to Trump’s statements regarding a country-wide ban on Muslim people traveling to the US and constitutes an effort to give him a taste of his own medicine. It’s currently so popular that Parliament actually has to discuss the issue; by law, once a petition hits over 100,000 signatures, the government must respond to it.
If Trump were banned from traveling to the UK, it wouldn’t actually be the first time that the UK closed its borders to individuals in reaction to their “unacceptable behavior.” Also banned from the UK are Martha Stewart, Chris Brown and Mike Tyson.
It’s more common for the UK to ban people on the basis of their use of hate speech. One such example is the ban of Stephen Donald Black, a Ku Klux Klansman responsible for founding the white supremacist internet group Stormfront. After Trump’s comments, Stromfront was forced to upgrade its servers in response to the torrent of new viewers checking out the site.