Amidst a global media blackout of Anonymous and Ghost Squad Hacker’s worldwide attacks on the “corrupt banking cartels,” the hacking groups have taken down some of the most prestigious institutions in global governance. OpIcarus has recently taken offline the World Bank, the New York Stock Exchange, five U.S. Federal Reserve Banks and the Vatican.

After a successful campaign against the banking elite, sources within the hacking community tell the Free Thought Project that the mainstream media is next — and OpSilence has already begun.

On May 31, hacktivists with the Ghost Squad Hackers revealed a massive attack against CNN. Instead of a basic DDoS aginst the site, hackers brought down the entire email system within the media giant with 4,000 employees worldwide.

The attack against CNN was the first attack in a campaign which the group has called #OpSilence — a month-long assault on the mainstream media for ignoring the crisis in Palestine.

“#OpSilence is an operation which targets mainstream media for their ignorance on the genocide that has been going on in Palestine, and what is truly happening in Syria and all over the world,” Sc0rp10n Gh0s7, of Ghost Squad Hackers, said in a private online message.

Crimes against Palestine are largely underreported in the mainstream American media, yet they are prevalent enough that even Israelis speak out against them.

Even a top Israeli general, during the country’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day, addressed and exposed the controversy when he likened the atmosphere in modern day Israel to 1930’s Nazi Germany.

“If there is anything that frightens me in the remembrance of the Holocaust, it is discerning nauseating processes that took place in Europe in general, and in Germany specifically back then, 70, 80 and 90 years ago, and seeing evidence of them here among us in the year 2016,” Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, the Israeli army’s deputy chief of staff said.

Golan referenced the Hebron incident, in which an IDF soldier was filmed executing an already incapacitated Palestinian assailant that was lying on the ground defenseless.

The soldier in question, Sgt. Elor Azaria, has been arrested and brought up on manslaughter charges by a military tribunal for the killing; a move that has been met with ferocious opposition by Zionists who claim that the brazen execution was somehow justified.

In yet another damning crime against humanity, IDF soldiers allegedly gunned down an innocent family. The brutal incident took place at the Qalandia terminal, north of occupied Jerusalem. IDF soldiers reportedly shot and killed the Palestinian mother of two, who was five months pregnant, and her 16-year-old brother. Then they prevented Palestinian medics on the scene from rendering aid.

Exposing the murder of a pregnant woman is hardly antisemitic, yet this label is often thrown around and used to chastise people who dare call out the crimes of the Israeli state.

Even Gen. Golan, who is Jewish, and a general in the Israeli army, was ridiculed for his comments.

Golan’s powerful and striking comments barely registered as a blip on the mainstream’s radar.

After CNN, Ghost Squad Hackers turned their sights to FOX News, and shortly after announcing CNN’s email servers were down, the group tweeted out that FOX’s email servers had been down for at least 8 hours thanks to their efforts.

The group promises more attacks and NBC and MSN appear to be next on their list.

This time, it is different, however, as the group involved, Ghost Squad Hackers are making a point to separate themselves from Anonymous.

According to a report in AnonHQ, the group insists they speak for themselves, they are essentially trying to get their own reputation – credibility.

But there is a second layer to this discussion highlighting the recent divide within Anonymous. There has been a “Civil War” of sorts in recent months, and the reputation of the Anonymous collective as a whole has been damaged. Last winter, prominent hacktivist group Ghostsec also cut their ties with Anonymous. In a statement they saidAnonymous has a habit of shooting in every direction and asking questions later.” In other interviews they imply that Anonymous has developed a reputation for behaving immature – more concerned with silly DDoS’ing attacks than changing the world.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.