Late Monday afternoon, the twitter account FawkesSecurity sent out a tweet, linking to a YouTube video along with a pastebin link. An individual wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, the widely known trademark of the activist group Anonymous sits on the screen. In this video the individual makes the claim that 200 kilograms of a composite nitroglycerin and commercial explosives have been placed in a tamper proof apparatus and hidden within a government building somewhere inside the United States, and would detonate remotely on November 5th.
Now there are several things that stuck out about the pastebin that lead me to believe this is a hoax or some other sort of sick prank.
- 200 kilograms of composite nitroglycerin
- commercial explosives
- detonate remotely via transmission control protocol
- severe consiquences
- military grade
Just an FYI, in the US we don’t commonly use the Metric system. Without getting all technical, you got somewhere around 441 pounds of nitroglycerin, which by its self is unstable, and commercial explosives into the US through customs? You have this ‘device’ that would have to be about the size of a refrigerator or drink machine, connected to the Internet? You couldn’t use something like a cellphone cause the battery would die maintaining a data connection that long, so you would have to have it plugged into a LAN or WiFi, inside a government building… wait a minute. Haven’t I seen this movie before? This sounds vaguely like the movies Sum of All Fears, and Die Hard with a Vengeance. Oh and by the way, you spelled consequences wrong.
Yeah, you get the point. Kid, you’ve been watching too many movies.
Hoax or not, you’ve made a threat, a bomb threat against the United States Government. Not something they generally find funny. But you need not worry about us, here at ReaperSec, or those behind the Jester mask. Nope, neither will have anything to do with you being arrested. Like the recent demise of Barrett Brown, this you have done all by yourself. The FBI and/or Interpol will be picking you up soon enough, for a nice extended stay at one of their many luxurious facilities.
So as a once good friend said, tick tock.