Anonymous send out a very creepy WWIII warning
A hacking syndicate has released an unnerving video cautioning the world that a full-blown global war is on the horizon, urging people to prepare themselves.
Anonymous, who rose to prominence on social media site 4chan 14 years ago, warn that "all the signs" are there for an impending battle between the US and North Korea on the Korean Peninsula.
It is not known how or why Anonymous would be privy to information regarding an imminent war, though the group has in the past accessed classified information.
In typically melodramatic fashion, a video produced by the group and released on its YouTube channel warns that "the battle is likely to be fierce, brutal and quick", and "globally devastating on environmental and economic levels".
"This is a real war with real global consequences, with three super-powers drawn into the mix," a monotonous, computerised voice says, presumably in reference to the US, China and Russia.
The video warns that the US and China's attempts to impose sanctions on North Korea in an effort to get them to relinquish control of their nuclear weapons has fallen on deaf ears, and that leader Kim Jong-Un was ready to get revenge.
Anonymous says US President Donald Trump is trying to get reassurance from other nations ahead of a potential attack.
"When President Trump starts reaching out to those like President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines to ensure they are on the same page, one must start to wonder," the voice said.
"However, even Duterte has advised the US to back away from Kim Jong-Un.
"Prepare for what comes next."
Anonymous prides itself on fighting for 'freedom', though its insistence on having an undefined network of activists has resulted in there being opposing interpretations of that word - a factor that limits the group's credibility.
The group is best known for its use of a Guy Fawkes mask popularised by 2005 film V for Vendetta, and high-profile hacks on US police, the KKK, Islamic extremists, and several government websites.