BEIJING, Jan. 25 (Xinhuanet) -- In a video posted on
YouTube on Monday, an anonymous group of hackers known as "Anonymous" declared
war on the Church of Scientology because they appear to be angry
about how the church tried to eliminate a video of Tom Cruise from the
"We shall proceed to expel you from the Internet and
systematically dismantle the church of scientology in its present form," says
the video's narrator. "We are anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do
not forget. Expect us."
The Cruise video made headlines last week after
copies continued to surface on the Internet. In the video, Cruise praises
Scientology's virtues and speaks in great detail about the religion. He
discusses his faith while the soundtrack to his "Mission: Impossible" films
plays in the background.
In the video, which was made in 2004, Cruise said,
"There is nothing better than ... going out there and fighting the fight and,
suddenly you see, things are better."
Editors at celebrity gossip Web site TMZ.com said
that the video was posted Monday on YouTube.com but quickly removed. Since then,
more copies have surfaced.
The "Anonymous" video claims the attack is for the
good of mankind.
"Anonymous has therefore decided that your
organization should be destroyed, for the good of your followers, for the good
of mankind and for our own enjoyment," says the video's narrator.
A website set up for the project directs members to
download denial of service software that bombards Scientology.org with fake
requests, slowing it down. The site also urges members to make prank calls,
publicize Scientology documents the church considers proprietary and fax endless
loops of black pages to the church's fax machines to waste ink.