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BULLETIN: Operation USA Denounces Planned Cyber Attack of Same Name

By • May 6th, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Los Angeles based non-government organization releases statement in light of planned online attack

Los Angeles, Calif., — Operation USA, a widely-known 34-year-old international relief organization, today released a statement regarding the “Operation USA” cyber attack planned by criminal hackers and aimed against websites of high-profile US government agencies, financial institutions, and commercial entities.

“On Tuesday, May 7th, an anonymous hacker group that disagrees with the United States’ policies in the Middle East plans to mount an online attack using the “Operation USA” name and the “#OpUSA” hash tag on Twitter,” said Richard Walden, president and CEO of Operation USA. “We regret that the individuals behind this attack have chosen to use the same name as our much-lauded international relief organization, which boasts a 34-year history in disaster relief, material aid and sustainable development around the world. We would like to make it clear to our supporters, members of the media and the public that Operation USA does not support or condone the actions of these individuals. We encourage you to visit our website at www.OpUsa.org to learn more about our ongoing work — and to avoid confusion between our charity and the agenda of those leading this cyber attack.”

The www.OpUSA.org website is a secure site facilitated by the NGO and unaffiliated with the group behind the “Operation USA” cyber attack.

ABOUT OPERATION USA
Founded in 1979, Operation USA helps communities alleviate the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid throughout the world. The Los Angeles based non-government organization offers material and financial assistance to community-based organizations that promote sustainable development, leadership and capacity building, income generating activities, education, health services, and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable people. Learn more at www.OpUSA.org.

PRESS CONTACT

Mary Dolan
Operation USA
mdolan@www.opusa.org
323.413.2353