Internet hacktivist group Anonymous has declared cyberwar on Israel, posting personal data of five thousand Israeli officials online.
Vigilantes take aim at Amanda Todd’s alleged blackmailer after Anonymous hacker group outs 32-year-old B.C. man
A group of activist hackers is claiming to have found the man who blackmailed 15-year-old Amanda Todd, the Coquitlam B.C. teenager who took her own life after years of bullying.
Anonymous posted the name, address and email for a 32-year-old New Westminster, B.C., man it believes used a topless image of Todd to try to blackmail her. In a Facebook post, the group said it has sent the information to the RCMP.
“Your government has failed you,” it wrote. “The resistance is here. Greetings Tories. We are Anonymous. You are arse holes. With all your fuckery you should have expected the shit out of us.”
SAVINGS AND LONE A lone Occupy Wall Street protester sat in front of Federal Hall, across the street from the New York Stock Exchange, in New York Friday. (Photo: Brendan McDermid / Reuters via the Wall Street Journal)
A building is a symbol, as is the act of destroying it. Symbols are given power by people. Alone, a symbol is meaningless, but with enough people, blowing up a building can change the world.
Anonymous Hacks Hundreds of Chinese Government Sites
The Anonymous hacking collective has landed in China, home of some of the most tightly controlled internet access in the world, and defaced hundreds of government websites in what appears to be a massive online operation against Beijing…
…The defaced homepages carry a statement against the Chinese government along with the traditional Anonymous banner and the generational anthem Baba O’Riley by The Who played in background.
“All these years, the Chinese communist government has subjected its people to unfair laws and unhealthy processes,” reads the statement. “Dear Chinese government, you are not infallible, today websites are hacked, tomorrow it will be your vile regime that will fall.”
It contains also a message directed at the Chinese people: “Each of you suffers from the tyranny of that regime which knows nothing about you,” reads the message. “We are with you. […]The silence of all other countries highlights the lack of democracy and justice in China. It’s unbearable.”
The defacements also provide a link with tips on how to bypass state censorship.
On Pastebin, Anonymous lists the sites they’ve claimed to have hacked. And yes, Baba O’Riley does play if/when you go to them.
A history of the increasingly correlated activities of Anonymous and Wikileaks
This is amazinggggggggggggg
CNN: Law Enforcement Is Intimidated By Anonymous
There are few things I love in this world as much as the internet. I’m not ashamed of this love, nor do I think it is particularly unhealthy. It’s been in my life since I was 12 years old and outside of my family, its been my longest sustained relationship.
My friend the internet is having one hell of a week.
First we see the power of the virtual-protest. The ability for big-player websites like Wikipedia and Reddit to form a coalition against a poorly written domestic law. A law that attempted to meet the goal of combating online piracy with over-sweeping language (I like to use the analogy of it being akin to pulling all the cars off the road because they have the ability to go over the speed limit).
From this event something awe inspiring occurred. On every facebook page, twitter feed, tumblr blog, overheard in coffee shops and libraries, places of work and leisure, SOPA and PIPA were discussed. More than discussed, they were contested. With just one day of virtual protest the number of opposing congressmen went from 31 to 101.* While we saw the Arab Spring emerge from twitter and Occupy Wall St begin with a blog post, those acclaimed movements took to the streets. With this Blackout there were no marches or signs, it was just us and our computers.
Fast forward less than 24 hours and you have the FBI indicting Megaupload’s CEOs.** Whether this act is legitimate is up to debate, one that will be taken up in courts (in short, is the online intermediary responsible or the end-user?) The response to the indictment: Operation Megaupload by Anonymous. This fully displays the power of the internet. An abuse of that power? Maybe. But maybe not. It all depends on how they did it. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act prohibits intentionally accessing a protected computer, but it is silent on flooding a server…***
But I digress.
Seeing this evolution of the internet, from my first AOL account back in ‘98 to the events listed above, for the first time I truly see the internet as the wild wild west of the 21st century. Who knows what the next decade will bring for my friend the internet. The battle between copyright owners and infringers? A war against privitization? It’s a new Manifest Destiny, but this time we all participate, from behind our computer screens. And as we’ve seen, it’s a pretty powerful place to be.
*Newsweek-Behold! What the Stop SOPA blackout managed to accomplish in 24 hours.
**FBI Press Release available at http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/justice-department-charges-leaders-of-megaupload-with-widespread-online-copyright-infringement (but not right now because Anonymous said so)
(Greatest headline ever?)
"Aside from getting investigated by the FCC as to whether it exceeded its authority in shutting off cellphones, the myBART website has been hacked by collective Anonymous on Sunday, with Anonymous claiming that the hack was motivated by the fact that BART’s actions were anti-free speech.”