*The hacking group Anonymous has just unleashed “Operation Trump” (#OpTrump), a mass urging of its followers to launch cyberattacks against Donald Trump’s websites on April 1 in an attempt to expose the “appalling” GOP presidential frontrunner.
“We need you to shut down his websites, research and expose what he doesn’t want the public to know,” a person wearing the group’s trademark Guy Fawkes mask says in a video posted by to an Anonymous YouTube channel. “We need you to dismantle his campaign and sabotage his brand.”
In a separate written statement, Anonymous encouraged hackers to target donaldjtrump.com, trump.com and trumphotelcollection.com, as part of the overall web takedown.
Anonymous also released Trump’s alleged personal details, such as his cellphone number and Social Security number.
“Dear Donald Trump, we have been watching you for a long time, and what we see is deeply disturbing,” the video says. “You have shocked the entire planet with your appalling actions and ideals.”
“You say what your current audience wants to hear, but in reality you don’t stand for anything except your personal greed and power,” it adds.
Anonymous, an anarchist activist group, initially declared digital war on the Republican presidential front-runner last December after Trump proposed to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. But nothing ever came of it.
In the new video posted recently, Anonymous claims that “loyalists and veterans” of the group had decided to relaunch the attempt “on a larger scale.”
“This is a call to arms,” the video says. “This is a call to protect our future, our freedom and our very way of life.”
But the group insisted Operation Trump, or #OpTrump, is “important” given Trump’s “disturbing” policy positions.
“This is not a warning, this is a declaration of total war,” the video says. “Operation Trump engaged.”