British members of Anonymous plan to take another crack at bringing down GCHQ and Home Office sites on Saturday, as the hacking group continues its weekend campaigns.
UK branch member 'Winston Smith' revealed the next targets for Operation Trial at Home distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in an online radio broadcast on Monday.
"What's the next target for attack? Definitely GCHQ, and it's definitely the Home Office," Smith said in answer to a question on Twitter from ZDNet UK.
Anonymous launched its weekend Operation Trial At Home campaign to protest against the extradition treaty between the US and the UK, which critics say favours US authorities. NASA hacker Gary McKinnon is among the people who have been affected by the treaty.
What's the next target for attack? Definitely GCHQ, and it's definitely the Home Office.– 'Winston Smith', Anonymous
In the online radio broadcast, which lasted almost three hours, one of the UK branches of Anonymous discussed the Operation Trial At Home push.
Two participants, 'Face' and 'Murdoch', spoke using voice synthesisers, while Smith used his own voice and other members communicated via internet relay chat (IRC). Some members styled themselves after characters from The A-Team TV series, and Smith referred to people called 'The Hoff', 'The Doctor', 'Spiderman' and 'Stella'.
The group discussed possible targets, expressing antipathy towards the
Information Commissioner's Office, the judiciary and the government.
They also talked about their motivation, saying they were protesting about the
predicament of Gary McKinnon and what they saw as the inconstant application of the
Computer Misuse Act.
Asked whether he was concerned about being identified, Smith said: "I make no secret about who I am... My potential arrest is coming." He gave a number of possible identifying details during the broadcast, including references to his military service and life in Northern Ireland.
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