Anonymous threatening to kill Internet over SOPA, Lulzsec

Hacker group Anonymous has been threatening since February to "shut the Internet down" by launching a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDOS) on Saturday (31 March). The attack will target the world’s 13 DNS servers so that Internet users will be unable to perform domain name lookups , thus temporarily disabling the Internet.

Anonymous is believed to be protesting in retaliation to 25 of its members being arrested last month, the arrests of six prime members from Lulzsec this month, the downfall of Megaupload and the continued threats of SOPA, PIPA and ACTA.

Anonymous is claiming that it will showcase the full extent of their botnet capabilities by compromising machines or clients running DHN software (which was developed by Lulzsec) to generate malformed UDP packets that will cause the DNS root servers to flood themselves with DNS responses and bring them down (check out a blog that explains the technology behind the attacks here).