Environmentalists challenging Arctic oil drill hopefuls gain Anonymous hacking support
As a global fleet of Arctic destroyers speeds toward one of the last unspoiled places on earth where Shell’s mission is to drill in the pristine waters off the coast of Alaska and the Arctic, Greenpeace, that is shadowing oil giants’ vessels, has received aid from Anonymous hackers to help save the Arctic. An Anonymous message has been issued Saturday indicating that hacking is only Phase One of the Arctic Operation, #OpSaveTheArctic, a message hailed by many and spread by Greenpeace on Twitter.
“The Arctic receives Anonymous support,” Greenpeace posted on Twitter Friday evening, a Tweet that has since been Retweeted 147 times.
Greenpeace activists and supporters from around the world have been taking action to stop dangerous oil drilling plans for the pristine Arctic waters, a feature on its home page these days in its attempt to head-off this new Alaskan oil rush.
“In February, as Royal Dutch Shell was finalising its protracted plans to start exploring for oil off the coast of Alaska, Greenpeace members from around the world were meeting in Buenos Aires to figure out how to stop it,” Pilita Clark, Environment Correspondent for the Financial Times reported Friday.
Whether or not Anonymous was in those plans is unknown, but that what Greenpeace has acquired this week.
CyberZeist, an apparent Anonymous affiliate, according to Twitter posts and the Anonymous artwork on its Leakster website, has just posted an announcement including its success in hacking Exxon on the 26th.
“The energy companies that caused the Arctic to melt in the first place are looking to profit from the disappearing ice.”
Thursday, as Greenpeace made final preparations for its Save the Arctic tour in Alaska, some Greenpeace ship Esperanza crew visited Kenai Fjords National Park, “a wild and protected area in southern Alaska where the coastline is punctuated by extraordinary glaciers that empty into a sea dominated by humpback whales, seabirds, orcas, and seals.
“The effects of climate change are impossible to ignore here, as these enormous glaciers melt and retreat back to the coast,” Greenpeace states. “Researchers here in 1909 observed and photographed Northwestern Glacier extending 10 miles into the sea. A century later, we find this glacier has retreated back so far that today it barely reaches the sea. Alaska has warmed twice as quickly as the rest of the United States, and this melting has accelerated in recent years.
CyberZeist further explains that non-renewable energy companies “want to open up a new oil frontier to get at a potential 90 billion barrels of oil.
“That’s a lot of money to them, but it’s only three years’ worth of oil to the world.”
The CyberZeist website states:
“Previously classified government documents say dealing with oil spills in the freezing waters is “almost impossible” and inevitable mistakes would shatter the fragile Arctic environment.We’ve seen the extreme damage caused by the Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon disasters – we cannot let this happen in the Arctic.
“To drill in the Arctic, oil companies have to drag icebergs out the way of their rigs and use giant hoses to melt floating ice with warm water. If we let them do this, a catastrophic oil spill is just a matter of time.”
This gave rise to #OpSaveTheArctic put forward by Anonymous.”
The energy giants targeted by the operation, according to Anonymous include:
1). Exxon Mobil Corporation
2). Shell Petrochemical Corp.
3). BP Global – British multinational oil and gas company
4). Gazprom Corporation
5). Rosneft Petroleum Corp. – Russia
“[*]Phase-1 of #OpSaveTheArctic has been carried out. Target – Exxon Mobil Corporation.”
“To show our support to the cause, after the employees of Exxon where hacked, we used their email ids to to sign the petition at – http://www.savethearctic.org/,” CyberZeist concludes. “We suggest you to do the same!”
Earlier this week, Bloomberg News identified six of the energy companies targeted in the recent series of “coordinated covert and targeted cyberattacks” and said that the victims “could face legal liability for choosing not to disclose them to shareholders.”
Greenpeace Arctic campaign strengthens
When the Shell ships arrive in the Arctic to begin boring five exploratory oil wells, Greenpeace environmental group will be there, reported the Kodiak Daily Mirror.
AP reported this week that the Coast Guard was concerned with Greenpeace’s plans to use small submarines to document the Bering Sea’s marine canyons.
“I did explain to them that the Coast Guard has no capability to rescue that submarine,” said Guard Capt. Gregory Sanial. “If it gets in trouble at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean, there is very little the Coast Guard can do.”
Greenpeace scientists on board the Arctic Sunrise, “aka Motley Crew,” will be working with 3D scanning experts and engineers to capture the true shape of Arctic sea ice for the first time.
The environmental organization has gained over 350,000 signatures on its Save The Arctic petition to halt the drilling there.
“Yay! We passed 350,000 signatures!,” the environmentalists posted on Twitter Saturday. “Lets keep it on to #SaveTheArctic.”
Greenpeace is urging the public to “please sign and share http://www.savethearctic.org.”
Arctic sea ice has already disappeared by 75% in the last 30 years.
“Is 3 years of oil worth digging up the #Arctic for?” asks Greenpeace Africa on Twitter, answering, “No!”