"A loose confederation of online troublemakers who call themselves Anonymous have declared war on the Church of Scientology by flooding its servers with fake data requests, describing the attacks as punishment for the Church's alleged abuse of copyright laws and alleged brainwashing of its members." As was probably inevitable in such struggles, there's been some collateral damage to innocent parties. A "59-year-old PG&E worker and his wife, who were mistakenly flagged as pro-Scientology hackers" has been put through the wringer as Anonymous posted his home address, phone number, cell numbers, Social Security number, online and made him the subject of obscene and threatening calls.
The poor victim just wants to do something, something actual, to defend himself. But I'm not sure it's going to help against the sort of thing he's up against.
"I don't even really know how to use a computer," Lawson said.
His phone just keeps ringing, Lawson said, and when he answers, callers spout vulgarities and threats and then hang up. On Monday, he got a call that seemed to originate from the Virgin Islands. The caller threatened to kill him.
"They have got the wife really scared because they have my address," Lawson said. "I think I am going to buy me a gun today just in case."