Anonymous said to be planning cyberattack on ITU site

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Anonymous is planning to launch a cyberattack this weekend against the website of the International Telecommunications Union, a United Nations agency holding a meeting of 190 governments to discuss political and commercial control of the Internet, a security firm says.

The ITU-organized World Conference on International Telecommunications runs Dec. 3-14 in Dubai. The secretive meet has sparked rage within Anonymous and the blogosphere over a Russian proposal to hand control over the Internet to the ITU.

Such conspiracy theories are unlikely to become reality, experts say. That's because such a move would require an international consensus, and many countries would oppose such a proposal, including the U.S. Nevertheless, the hacktivist collective Anonymous posted a YouTube video last week denouncing the ITU meeting and warning of "grave consequences" to human rights.