WSJ Hit By Anonymous Spam Attack Following Controversial Article

Self proclaimed Anonymous associates attacked and flooded multiple Facebook pages run by The Wall Street Journal with spam messages.

The group that took responsibility for these attacks - Anonymous Kollektiv - is supposedly based in Germany, and also appealed for a "comment flashmob" on the daily at Tuesday, 3:15 pm local time.

This latest attack seems to be in retaliation for a WSJ article that severely criticised the actions of the hacktivist group. In the article entitled "Alert on Hackers: Power Play", which was recently published in the German edition of the daily, Anonymous was compared to terror outfits like Al Qaida for its actions in the virtual world, a comparison that obviously did not go down too well with the group's members.

Following the publication of the article, the group announced on its Facebook page "ATTENTION PLEASE! 3.15 p.m. - Comment flashmob on the site of the WSJ! We hope for active participation".

The 80-odd words feedback that Anonymous Kollektiv wanted its fans to post in the Facebook pages of the daily, started with: "Dear editors of the German Wall Street Journal, You equated Anonymous with Al-Qaeda in your February 2012 article and the related coverage. With this type of coverage you may be able to stir up fear in the United States, but not in the land of poets and thinkers!"

Fans of the hacker collective responded to the call, and shortly after the Facebook page maintained by WSJ Deutschland fell victim to the spam attack. However, the attack did not stop there, as some Anonymous fans continued posting the message on various other Facebook pages run by the WSJ.