Anonymous Just Declared War on Donald Trump With a Massive Cyberattack


Once again, hacktivist collective Anonymous has threatened to take down 2016 presidential hopeful Donald Trump, this time declaring "total war" on the GOP frontrunner. Anonymous' war plan against Trump includes dismantling the candidate's online presence and digging for dirt on the business tycoon in an attempt to destroy his brand. According to a video posted to YouTube on March 4, this plan of attack includes a specific timeline. April 1 is the take down date for, and Anonymous is recruiting supporters to aid in its attack.

"Dear Donald Trump, we have been watching you for a long time and what we see is deeply disturbing," a masked member of the group addresses the camera before cycling through a montage of controversial Trump comments. "Your inconsistent and hateful campaign has not only shocked the United States of America, you have shocked the entire planet with your appalling actions and ideas."

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In the video, the Anonymous representative makes clear that the group is welcoming all willing participants to join in the group's so-called war on Trump — with or without hacking experience. "This is a call to protect our future, our freedom and our very way of life," reads the hacktivist group member during the video. Responding to the call to arms, users on Twitter showed support using the hashtag #OpTrump.

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This isn't the first time Anonymous has come out swinging against Trump. In December, the group took aim at the business tycoon with a stern warning after the Republican candidate called for a full ban on Muslims entering the U.S., a statement which angered many across party lines. 

"Donald Trump, think twice before you speak anything," said a masked member of Anonymous in a video at the time. "You have been warned."

It would appear that Anonymous is now ready to scale up its efforts to dismantle Trump's candidacy, this time with a clearer plan of attack. Watch the group's most recent video on Trump here and follow the conversation across social media at #OpTrump.

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