Is it possible that hacking has become slightly old hat?
Is it possible that the amorphous group called Anonymous has decided more direct action is necessary?
This might be the case, given a new YouTube video which has emerged from the very loose organization. This one attempts to rouse a disruption of the 2012 Iowa caucuses, traditionally the first in the election process.
In the video, which includes some quite hum-worthy music, the disguised narrator declares that both political parties have failed us.
He continues: "Both parties are desecrating the American democracy and committing crimes against humanity on behalf of the American people."
What is, then, to be done?
The narrator has a suggestion: occupy the campaign offices on December 27 and shut down the Iowa caucuses on January 3.
He explains: "The primaries and caucuses put on by these parties are part of an elaborate scam that deceives the public into voting for candidates that serve the private interests of the mega corporations. These parties have deliberately driven tens of millions of people into poverty."
Some might wonder how "official" this video might be. After all, this past weekend was to have seen both Facebook's and Fox News' Web sites shut down in operations that at least seemed to be Anonymous-led.
In the case of Facebook, Anonymous denied involvement and said there was never really a threat.
In both cases, however, nothing seems to have happened in celebration of Guy Fawkes birthday.
The Des Moines Register reports, though, that this Iowa threat has been officially sanctioned as an Anonymous operation.
Some might not be so sure. Some of the wording is very similar to that being used by Occupy Des Moines protesters. Occupy Des Moines organizers, in turn, have reportedly said this video has nothing to do with them, as they have no intention of actually disrupting the caucuses.
It's worth wondering what the point of issuing threats might anyway be. If the true aim is disruption in order to make a social and political point, isn't it more effective to organize in secret and act with the full force of surprise?
Instead, the impression might be given that political views are being expressed, but not being accompanied by actions that might have some sort of effect. A little like Congress, some might say.
Moreover, Anonymous normally gives at best a few days' notice before striking. This latest video offers a run-up of more than a month.
Perhaps as the days pass, its intentions-- or at least its true provenance-- might become clearer.