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Anonymous declares war on Wall Street? (Updates)

Hacker group threatens to "erase" the NYSE. Or does it?
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Anarchy is alive and well on Wall Street, apparently.

Adding on to the ongoing Occupy Wall Street movement, the hacker group Anonymous has found itself at the center of a controversy.

A video posted this week on YouTube by someone claiming to be from Anonymous vowed the group will "erase" the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) from the Internet on Oct. 10.

"On Oct. 10, NYSE shall be erased from the Internet. On Oct. 10, expect a day that shall never, ever be forgotten," the video states. 

A spokesperson for the NYSE could not be reached, CNBC is reporting

Here's the video:

UPDATE: the video above has since been debunked by Anonymous, which claims it's a fake to discredit the Occupy Wall Street movement. 

Here's how RT is reporting the back-and-forth:

As the FBI assured that it is investigating the supposed future cyber attack, the Anonymous group came up with a denial.

“Operation Invade Wall Street is bullshit! It is a fake planted operation by law enforcement and cyber crime agencies in order to get you to undermine the Occupy Wall Street movement,” the new statement said.

The text went on to expose an alleged plan of those behind the operation to make supporters of the Anonymous reveal their identities by using flawed software in the attack on NYSE.

Meanwhile, GlobalPost's senior correspondent in Southeast Asia Patrick Winn reports that China is getting in on the Wall Street anarchy action, too.

Here's the money quote from Patrick's Rice Bowl blog post today:

The state-owned China Daily's English edition carried an editorial titled "U.S. Media Blackout of Protest is Shameful," which alleges that corporate media refuses to acknowledge the scope and scale of the demonstrations.

A New York-based China Daily editor writes: "Why have those journalists, who made their names covering various protests around the world, suddenly become silent in reporting the mass rally? That clearly does not match their enthusiasm to cover demonstrations in recent months in places such as North Africa and the Middle East."

Editor's note: This post has been updated several times from its original version to reflect new information.

For more from Thomas Mucha on Twitter: 

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/macro/anonymous-declares-war-wall-street

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