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The hacktivist collective know as Anonymous has published a Christmas video message, in which it issues a national surveillance warning to the tune of the well-known carol Santa Clause is Coming to Town .
The video shows people dressed as Santa with wires and clipboards, representing members of the US National Security Agency (NSA), spying on people in Guy Fawkes masks – the recognised symbol of the Anonymous collective.
The images are overlaid with a jingly tune warning that “The NSA is coming to town”.
“You better watch out, you better not Skype, you better log out, you better not type, the NSA is coming to town,” the song goes.
“You’re making a list, they’re checking it twice, they’re watching almost every electronic device, the NSA is coming to town.
“They see when you are sleeping, they hear when you’re awake, they know who you call and who you write, so encrypt for goodness sake.
“With Congress in the dark and a clock-and-dagger court, we’re looking for answers and they’re coming up short, the NSA is coming to town.”
This is just one of the videos Anonymous has released, as part of its Christmas campaign. In another video, the hacktivists call on people to reject the capitalist “merry-go-round” of the festive season and focus instead on the threats to society’s freedom.
The video begins with an excited shopper called Jarvis Johnson, who is being interviewed as he camps outside a shop ahead of Black Friday . When he asked why he is camping, he replies that he wanted to make sure he was first in line.
The video then cuts to an image of a man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask.
“While you scramble across retail stores that capitalise on this holiday, and help bankers grow more powerful, we want you to note that Anonymous has a Christmas wishlist for everyone this year; and the gift we ask for is priceless,” the masked man says.
“We simply want no more lives torn apart, and wars would never start, and time would heal all hearts, and everyone would have a friend, and right would always win, and love would never end.”
He goes on to state that freedom and life are “the greatest gifts of all” and that people are at a high risk of losing both
“We can only warn you, the future is up to you now. Enjoy what little freedoms you have left, and plan to do something fast before it is too late to,” he says.