Hacktivist group Anonymous hoodwinked Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump, the FBI and the Secret Service in one fell swoop. The hacker group's recent supposed leak of Trump's personal information was, in fact, a cleverly laid "trap" set to uncover his fascist dictatorial tendencies.
Anonymous has posted yet another video, explaining their elaborate plan to pull a fast one on Trump and his campaign, which sees the narrator explaining: "Trump wants to turn America into a fascist dictatorship where anyone can be arrested for just posting old information online."
The Hacktivist group had claimed to have released Trump's personal information, including his social security number as part of their "war on Trump" on 18 March. While their claim might have come off as grandiose, some reports questioned the validity of the "leak" as virtually all of the information posted appeared to have been the kind that could have been accessed by simply Googling Trump or check public records. Anonymous confirmed that the so-called leaked information has been available to the public since 2013.
The hacker group also highlighted the US law enforcement agencies' apparently prompt reaction in scrambling to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators behind the non-leak. "The government and law enforcement authorities are seeking the arrest of the people responsible for attempting to illegally hack Mr Trump's accounts and telephone information," said the narrator of the Anonymous video.
In its latest video, Anonymous goes on to mockingly thank Trump, the FBI and the Secret Service for participating in their misleading initiative by saying: "Thank you Trump and Trump campaign. Thank you police, FBI, and the Secret Service for being a part of our little experiment on how we should expect the so-called New America will be."
Anonymous' seemingly innocuous "leak" of Trump's personal information was in reality disguised as a not-so-subtle concoction directed at pulling the wool over Trump's eyes. The hacktivist group appeared to have given the presidential hopeful just enough rope to manoeuvre himself into yet another inopportune situation.
Anonymous launched a cyber war called Op Trump or Op White Rose as a response to "fascist leanings by Trump and his supporters" and has warned that starting 1 April, it plans to go all out in its fight against the US presidential candidate and his campaign. The Anonymous video ends with a chilling taunt from the narrator: "We do not forgive, we do not forget. Donald Trump, you really should have expected us."