That 'anonymous' release group doesn't seem to have any affiliation with the main anonymous groups. And LOIC can be traced. It's lead to many arrests and the technology has been hung up to dry. If a group had something big on NYSE, they wouldn't blab about it until the damage had been done (usually in the form of document privacy reduction services).
We have taken notice to a planned attack which has been named #InvadeWallStreet, which is to be held out on October 10 th.
We strongly advise against this action and everything it entails to.
Many of our brothers and sisters have gone down in the fight for using such tactics, like the wikileaks defendants who took down Visa, Paypal, and Mastercard which led to mass arrests.
We do not want history to repeat itself, and are sincerely worried...
I think a ddos on NYSE's website would only serve as bad propaganda to be used against the protesters. Right now they're down their not causing any harm, but if investors actually freaked out about the nyse website being "vulnerable" it would really smear an ugly image across the Wall Street occupiers. I can totally see the media scape-goating job losses and pension fund damage onto these peaceful protesters.
One might argue that Anonymous's releasing of the pepperspray-happy senior NYPD officer had the result of forcing the NYPD to (claim to) investigate the matter. The Brooklyn Bridge arrests were also relatively non-violent (causation? Who knows). Now, I don't think people should ever be asked to live under fear, but at the same time, police officers who are inclined to act unconscionably should be aware of the potential for personal accountability for their actions.
Also, the HB Gary attack was fairly consequential as well. I agree that the efficacy of Anonymous' ddos attacks are questionable, but that doesn't mean "Anonymous hasn't done anything effective long-term." The HB Gary CEO had to step down and investigations are pending.
According to numerous reports, Barr's company, which is based in Colorado and Washington, D.C., proposed conducting a disinformation campaign against critics of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The plan was presented to the chamber's law firm, but the chamber says it wasn't aware of it.
The plan was aborted after the hacker group Anonymous stole tens of thousands of e-mails from both HBGary and HBGary Federal – and posted many of the messages on the Web.
Read more at: http://www.dailykos....erLeaks-scandal,-House-Dems-want-investigation
Plus the whole sock puppet thing was brought to our attention in elaborate detail: http://www.dailykos....-Concern-Us-All
But the ddos thing against nyse is at most a very bad idea at this time and only has the potential to hurt the movement.
LOIC isn't the only way of attack though, if someone decided they really disliked the nyse, a botnet could be used, and the only way to find that is find the botmaster, however, with the releases from anonymous you have shown me, and the updated description I found thanks to modi_123, I must admit the possibility of any real damage seems extremely low. I wonder if the #refref can be tracked http://www.refref.org/
The attack on hb gary shows that they have some skill, so I was really hoping for something interesting to happen. :l oh well.