A recent NATO report, which warns that hacker collective Anonymous could potentially break into government, military and corporate files, has incited Anonymous itself to warn NATO not to stand in its way.
NATO called out Anonymous for its organized denial-of-service attacks against websites like Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and others that either blocked funding to WikiLeaks or took a stance against the whistleblower site late last year.
"The ad hoc international group of hackers and activists is said to have thousands of operatives and has no set rules or membership," NATO wrote. "The longer these attacks persist the more likely countermeasures will be developed, implemented, the groups will be infiltrated and perpetrators persecuted,"
Anonymous, in response, said, "We do not wish to threaten anybody's way of life. We do not wish to dictate anything to anybody. We do not wish to terrorize any nation."
The group defended its actions as part of a unified campaign to wrest power from governments and corporations and return power to the people.
The group warned NATO not to get involved in a battle:
Do not make the mistake of challenging Anonymous. Do not make the mistake of believing you can behead a headless snake. If you slice off one head of Hydra, ten more heads will grow in its place. If you cut down one Anon, ten more will join us purely out of anger at your trampling of dissent.
Start your workday the right way with the news that matters most. Learn more