Goldman Sachs targeted by hacker group

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The "hacktivist" group Anonymous has declared war on Goldman Sachs, a potent symbol of capitalism to be sure. Specifically, the group says it will launch an online on February 14.

As noted by the International Business Times, "Anonymous released several e-flyers in several languages from its various Twitter accounts. All the e-flyers say the attack will involve three steps: First, Anonymous is encouraging supporters to report the Goldman Sachs Facebook and Twitter accounts as spam. Then, the flyer provides a URL where users can fill out an abuse form on Twitter (you can do the same on Facebook), reporting Goldman Sachs for Twitter malfeasance. In the final step, Anonymous followers are asked to make 'friendly' phone calls to Goldman Sachs' offices in London, Paris or Dublin, depending on which flyer they saw."

These sorts of threats are always a bit nebulous. There have been times when similar declarations against financial companies were publicized and then ostensibly retracted. But it's also fair to say that this isn't the first time that a hacker group has tangled with Goldman Sachs. In 2011, the group published personal information about CEO Lloyd Blankfein on the Internet as a protest.

Anonymous seems to be stepping up its activity. Not too long ago, the Fed was targeted in an attack that exposed information about various bankers. If its social media operations were impaired, it would not be the end of the world. Still, Goldman Sachs is no doubt taking this threat seriously.

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