In recent days, by chance I discussed with colleagues the relationship between the Vatican and Anonymous groups because I consider the Holy See a very attractive target for several reason. A few hours later the site of Vatican went down, while I was writing of the possibility of OpBlackout and regarding the basting operations to discredit the group in terms of media.
As repeatedly noted, hacktivism is not negligible, I believe it is the true phenomenon of the last decade that can change in a radical mode the policies and the choices at the global level of several countries. Contrary to what many think, Anonymous groups as well as stimulate dialogue on the technological effectiveness of many defense systems, focuses on many hot topics for today's society.
In January 2012, FBI Director Robert Mueller testified that the cyber threat to the United States is expected to eclipse the threat of terrorism in the coming years.
Though the country has avoided a cyber "Pearl Harbor" to date, a steady stream of significant cyber attacks, particularly by foreign sources conducting major acts of espionage, indicate the nation's ongoing vulnerability, say some analysts.