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Hackers to shut down Internet on Saturday?

Last updated on: March 31, 2012 00:31 IST

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Interpol Chief Ronald Noble has warned that a group of hackers might try to shut down internet service on Saturday.

"Operation Global Blackout 2012 looks to shut down the internet for a whole day on Saturday by disabling its core DNS servers, making websites inaccessible," Noble said in New Delhi.

According to Noble, 'Anonymous' is protesting against several reasons including the crash of Wall Street and irresponsible leaders.

"Investigations have already been launched by Colombia, Chile and Spain as their private and public websites have been attacked by the group," he added.

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However, 'Anonymous' has denied planning any such hack.

The group's account (@youranonnews) Tweeted on March 29, "What is this #OperationGlobalBlackout nonsense? I thought we settled this back in February? It won't happen. Stop asking us about it! >.<." 

Another account (@AnonymousIRC), added, "Dear Netizens, Internet will remain online. And to the death we will defend it. Always. Sail strong and do not get distracted by trolls." 

Meanwhile, Interpol has launched Operation Unmask to deal with the group and arrested 31 alleged members in two different phases in February and March, 2012.

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According to Noble, there are around 2.3 billion internet users in the world and more than one million of them are affected by cybercrime every year while $388 billion is the global cost of such crimes.

 

The Interpol Chief was delivering 13th DP Kohli memorial lecture on 'Multi-jurisdictional Investigation: Operation Unmask'.

 

The event was organised by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in New Delhi.

 

"Investigations have already been launched by Colombia, Chile and Spain as their private and public websites have been attacked by the group," Noble said.

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