The city of Orlando, Fla., home to amusement parks, fancy houses and an underachieving basketball team, has been arresting people for feeding the homeless without a permit. This got the attention of the hacker collective Anonymous, which has threatened to shut down a different Orlando-themed website every day.
Orlandofloridaguide.com got a taste of the group’s wrath Tuesday. According to an Anonymous statement, Visitorlando.com is the next target of “Operation Orlando.”
Late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, Disney World’s website failed to load; there was a notice on the Internet that the site was down for maintenance.
Below is the statement released under the Anonymous banner. —PZS
To The Orlando City Visitor Board
June 29, 2011
The City of Orlando has ignored our warnings, and our generous
offer of a cease fire. On Wednesday last you not only arrested
two more people for feeding but you arrested the worldwide
President of Food Not Bombs Keith McHenry. This is a
declaration of war.
Henceforth there will be no more cease fires, no more attempts
to get you to resolve this issue with human decency. We will
now treat you like the human rights abusers that you are.
Anonymous will now begin a massive campaign against you and
your city web assets. Everyday we will launch a new DDoS attack
on a different Target. We will continue to E-Mail millions of
people in 50 countries with the Boycott Orlando campiagn message.
In our experience a government that acts this way is also corrupt.
We therefore call on any government or police employee who has
evidence of any kind of wrongdoing to consider disclosing it to
http://www.LocalLeaks.tk an organization that specializes in
dealing with local disclosures.
We have said what we have to say. The media has many press
releases and communiques from us. From now on we will DO not talk.
Journalists should follow the Twitter for that days targeted take
down or other un-planned assaults.
Tomorrow morning at exactly 10:00 AM ET Anonymous will remove
from the world wide web www.visitorlando.com and it shall
remain down until 6:00 PM ET. We will also E-Mail Bomb
the owners of this site, identified as the OCVB.
We Are Anonymous - We Are Everywhere - We Are Legion - We Never
Forget - We Never Forgive
FREE Keith McHenry
P.S. To the Orlando City Visitor Board you can have your web site removed from our Target list by releasing a statement to the press in support of Food Not Bombs and calling on the City of Orlando
to stop the arrests.