Hackers threaten to dismantle Church of Scientology via the internet

Update: Anonymous hackers take on the Church of Scientology

A hacking group calling itself “Anonymous” has posted a chilling video on the internet, announcing that it plans to “dismantle” the Church of Scientology.

Wired.com reports that Anonymous has flooded Scientology servers with a distributed denial of service attack, is choking the Church’s phone lines with prank calls and sending looped faxes of solid black pages.

Hackers threathen the Scientology cult.

“Over the years, we have been watching you — your campaigns, your suppression of dissent, your litigious nature. All of these things have caught our eye,” a synthesized voice on the video tells “leaders of Scientology”.

“Anonymous has therefore decided your organisation should be destroyed, for the good of your followers, for the good of mankind and for our own enjoyment.”

“We shall systematically expel you from the internet and proceed to dismantle the Church of Scientology in its current form.”

“You have nowhere to hide, because we are everywhere. You will find no recourse in attack, because for each of us that falls, 10 more will take his place.”

The Church of Scientology is regularly in the news for its beliefs and high profile celebrity spokespeople and fundraising activities.

It was recently in the public eye after a leaked video of Tom Cruise hit the internet (watch it here), showing Cruise saying that Scientologists would be the only ones who could help at the scene of a car crash; that Scientologists were the world’s authority on reforming criminals and getting people off drugs, and other claims.

The threat from “Anonymous” appears to be have been prompted by this video, which is specifically named at the beginning of the clip.

• Original title: “Anonymous” threatens to “dismantle” Church of Scientology via internet

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