The US Department of Homeland Security issued a warning to the security community regarding the planned activities of Anonymous.The DHS National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), warns financial services companies about Anonymous’ attempts to “solicit ideologically dissatisfied, sympathetic employees.”

The bulletin warned:

“unwilling coercion through embarrassment or blackmail may be a risk to personnel,”

They have alsowarned about the new tools that Anonymous has said it plans to use in launching future attacks.

Anonymous have tweeted about a tool, they call #RefRef which is believed to cause huge damage. However its damage potential remains unknown.

“Anonymous has stated publicly that the tool will be ready for wider use by the group in September 2011,” the DHS said. “But though there have been several publicly available tools that claim to be versions of #RefRef, so far it’s unclear “what the true capabilities of #RefRef are.”

They have also mentioned Apache Killer tool that can be used to launch denial of service attacks.

The DHS alert also warns of three cyber attacks:

  • Occupy Wall Street
  • Operation Facebook
  • Project Mayhem

The Occupy Wall Street is to take place on September 17 with similar rallies in the financial districts of Madrid, Milan, London, Paris and San Francisco also scheduled.

Operation Facebook is to take place on November 11, targeting the facebook for its alleged privacy violations.

Project Mayhem is scheduled for Dec 21, 2012. Not much details are available about this plan.

Source: computerworld