Renowned hackers collective Anonymous has announced that contrary to media reports citing inputs from a senior NSA official, it has no plans whatsoever to target any of the US power grids.
Reports had stated that the director of the US National Security Agency had issued a warning about the possibility of Anonymous targeting one or more power grids in the country, leading to a potential limited power outage.
The NSA chief did not raise the alarm in the public domain though, and merely mentioned the matter in his assessment during meetings held at the White House, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.
Anonymous were quick to react to the reports, stating in a number of Twitter feeds that all these speculations were untrue and that the group had no such plans to carry out any cyber attacks targeting power grids.
Furthermore, the group also slammed the NSA director for being "alarmist rhetoric & fear-mongering."
"Why would Anons shut off a power grid? There are ppl on life support / other vital services that rely on it. Try again NSA. #FearMongering," announced the group via a Twitter post.
Another Anonymous blog post stated that the claims made by the NSA director were totally "ridiculous", and it went on to say that it was just a ploy to spread fear amongst the masses and defame the group.