The Hacker group Anonymous has a long history of hacking various websites and databases.
- They have been linked to the hacker collective LulzSec, which hacker Sabu founded in late 2010. Since then, they have continued their agenda to hack into government agencies, corporations, and other organizations that are considered “enemies.”
- Who are these people? Are they part of an organization or just hackers who want to do something for the greater good? What is their ultimate goal? We will explore all this below.
What is the hacker group Anonymous?
– On 4chan, members of the Anonymous group troll aggressively.
– They are also involved in other political and social issues.
– There have been many instances where trolls on April fools day send out fake warnings about things like stormy weather or a zombie apocalypse; this is called Fools day trolling.
– It has been said that a group of trolls from 4chan is responsible for the Anonymous mask.
– The group describes itself on Twitter as “The world’s leaders in high-quality entertainment at your expense since 1969.”
– On other social media sites are also known to spread disinformation and false information. Furthermore, they upload personal information about their targets. This includes names, addresses, telephone numbers, and credit card details – all publicly available data. To protect themselves against potential prosecution, they frequently use proxy servers outside the USA and anonymize services like TOR (the onion router).
Anonymous hacked Facebook
They also threatened to release private information about its members on April 1st (#opFB), but it appears that this upcoming “attack” is, in fact, another 4chan prank.
- This form of anarchic cyber-dissidence has been attributed to the British artist and hacker LulzSec (Lulz Security), his online handle Sabu.
- Sabu, along with other members of Anonymous’s now-defunct spinoff group, Lulz security were arrested last summer.
- Some time ago, a member called ‘Commander X’ from the website YourAnonNews tweeted anonymously: “I am Commander X, leader of #OpVendetta… we will destroy you all!”
- He later deleted the tweet. Was this another trolling attempt? Or is there something more behind these threats? We decided to find out more about him and discovered that he is British. We know for sure that the latest initiatives by Anonymous and their threats to ‘destroy Facebook,’ have nothing to do with the hacker group LulzSec or its former leader Sabu.
The origin of Anonymous
This loose affiliation has no hierarchy, leaders, or central organization – so there is no one to speak on behalf of the entire collective. The only thing they all seem to have in common is their shared enemy: authority.
- The inspiration behind the name “Anonymous” came from an AOL chatroom full of spam messages from someone using this nickname. They wore a Guy Fawkes mask, created by Alan Moore and David Lloyd in their graphic novel “V for Vendetta.”
- This was later followed by a graphic novel and film which starred Natalie Portman, who played Evey Hammond, a young woman living in England sometime after an apocalyptic war. In the trailer, we see her wearing a Guy Fawkes mask as she is captured by helicopters during a demonstration led by Sutler – the totalitarian dictator.
- The popularity of this movie among hackers caused it to become an important symbol in cyber-anarchic groups.
- So, what is it that makes them keep coming back for more? Their main motivation seems to be the sheer pleasure of hacking and trolling. Anonymous justifies its activities in the name of freedom: “We are Anonymous.
We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.” This statement likens them to a legion of soldiers fighting against injustice – they have no country or creed. Anonymous has no leader nor flag and but their ideals and their cause – which they carry out however they see fit with help from various social networks as well as special software programs like TOR (The Onion Router).
This decentralized network offers anonymity while surfing the web by routing traffic through several proxy servers, making it almost impossible to track them.
Anonymous Took an L
The founder of Anonymous, known as Sabu, was caught by the FBI in 2012 and put in prison for eleven months before being released early as part of a plea deal. Sabu had given out a lot of information about other members who were later arrested when he was caught, such as their online nicknames, which led them to be tracked down by law enforcement.
- Anonymous is still functioning, though, and has launched attacks on-site that have shut them down. One of the most recent was 4chan, a well-known imageboard when it had its forums hacked.
- The group’s tactics, such as DDoS and attacking websites to get a government or company’s attention to make changes, can be effective.
- Still, these actions are illegal under international laws. For example, they launched an attack on PayPal last year to stop doing business with Westboro Baptist Church because it used their fundraising services.
- The church claimed that the attack did not affect them very much, but if they were in other circumstances, the damage would have been more than just a few hours of being unable to use their website.
Anonymous’s government hacks
There are plenty of examples where Anonymous has launched an attack on the government to show its displeasure or issues with the laws they put forth.
- One example of this occurred when Anonymous shut down Brazil’s official website for two days because the country wanted to control all information and censor content online.
- Another incident was when they took down Thailand’s ruling party after the prime minister insulted protesters against his policies. These attacks can be effective, but if hackers are arrested, they will face fines or prison time depending on which country is involved and how much damage was caused.
- However, people should think twice about joining such groups because even though they can fight for a good cause, they also engage in illegal activities. This can get them into trouble with the authorities and possibly other hacker groups who think these actions are justified.
- Being arrested could cost some people their freedom, so even though the internet is an open platform where anyone can access information. There are consequences of doing something illegal and getting caught, which should be thought over before engaging in any questionable behavior online.
Elon Musk‘s fued with Anonymous
The dispute began when an anonymous Twitter account claimed that Elon Musk’s company, Tesla, had known about the vulnerability of its cars for months before another news outlet reported it.
- When asked on Twitter if he would investigate the issue, Mr. Musk responded: “This is incorrect. Any such claims are false.” But then someone from Anonymous stepped forward and offered evidence showing that Tesla knew about this vulnerability since last year, which prompted Mr. Musk to tweet: “You can’t prove anything!” They replied, “@elonmusk I can do more than that,” and included a link to sensitive data about the vulnerability.
Elon Musk Vs Anonymous continued
Especially since he has called the hacker an alleged cybercriminal and has asked the FBI to investigate him, and yet, there is a certain irony to this story.
- It’s ironic because Mr. Musk’s businesses were recently accused of hacking apart technologies already developed by others instead of paying for them.
- We need to look no further than his startup X .com, which was responsible for creating Paypal—a payment system or “online money” that was derived from and illegally copied ACH (Automated Clearing House) technology developed by two other individuals who had started another company known as Confinity without their permission or knowledge.
- As a result, these two founders later sued Musk for his theft of their work, but a settlement was reached in which Musk agreed to pay Confinity 3.7 million US dollars in cash and shares of X.com stock worth about one hundred million dollars—which is why Paypal is now a part of Tesla.
Mr. Musk reminds me very much of another billionaire businessman whom Anonymous and other groups like WikiLeaks have also accused as someone who will stop at nothing to steal through hacking apart technologies developed by others.
This person’s legacy was so filled with such disgraceful dealings that it eventually led to his downfall from grace, when he was tried for treason against the United States and hanged on July 16, 1859.
Regardless of who comes out on top in this feud, the constant battle between celebrities and anonymous groups shows no signs of stopping.