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The hacker group claims the bomb threat, issued Monday night, is a false-flag operation designed to make Anonymous appear dangerous and unstable.
As the U.S. presidential debate drew the country to its televisions and its Twitter streams, a shadowy group called FawkesSecurity claimed to have planted a bomb which would detonate the day before the election, November 5th, Guy Fawkes Day.
Anonymous hadn’t expected that.
What followed was crowdsourced crisis PR, as the actions of FawkesSecurity were repudiated and the accounts behind it exposed. But what was the motivation, and who was really behind the threat? The hivemind’s answer might surprise you.
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Lorraine Murphy is an Ottawa-based cybersecurity journalist and founding editor of the Cryptosphere. She has a keen interest in WikiLeaks and web culture, and her bylines have appeared in Salon, Vanity Fair, Serious Eats, and elsewhere.