By: John Shammas via mirror.co.uk
Taking to Twitter, the secretive group posted: “DDoS comin” – a reference to a Distributed Denial of Service attack.
Anonymous hackers have issued a chilling threat that a Distributed Denial of Service attack is “coming”.
The attack – known as a DDoS attack – overloads websites and services to the point that they become unable to function.
Major banks have been hit in the past by similar attacks, and popular webpages and services such as Twitter, Spotify and Netflix have all been subject to recent attacks.
Hackers did not specifically say which service they would be attacking, however.
As well as targeting political campaigns and popular services, the hacking group has also campaigned against Islamic State in the past.
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) October 23, 2016
On Friday Twitter, Spotify and Netflix were targeted by hackers in a widespread cyber attack.
Users also reported being unable to access sites such as PayPal, Pinterest, AirBnB and PlayStation’s online service.
US officials said they were investigating a DDoS attack.
That attack appears to have been focused on Dyn – a server provider for those websites.
Dyn confirmed in a post on its website: “Starting at 11:10 UTC on October 21th [sic]-Friday 2016 we began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure.
“Some customers may experience increased DNS query latency and delayed zone propagation during this time. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.”
Anonymous is a group of ‘hacktivists’ which was formed in 2003.
After the Paris attacks in November 2015, they released a video declaring war on ISIS.
They are well known for unusual tactics and taking websites offline, apparently motivated by social justice and a reaction against censorship.