Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Dec 2010 12:16 UTC
Internet & Networking It looks like several companies are learning what happens when you mess with the internet - and they're learning it the hard way. Several major companies have been hit by the collective powers of Anonymous after 4chan launched several distributed denial-of-service attacks. What many have been predicting for a long time now has finally happened: an actual war between the powers that be on one side, and the internet on the other. Update: PayPal has admitted their WikiLeaks snub came after pressure from the US government, and Datacell, which takes care of payments to Wikileaks, is threatening to sue MasterCard over Wikileaks' account suspension. Update II: is down due to the attack. Update III: PayPal has caved under the pressure, and will release the funds in the WikiLeaks account.
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Wake up, people. There is no group called "Anonymous" and there never was. This is just what the old-world media used as an identifier when they failed to understand what they were reporting on. I'm quite annoyed to see a supposedly savvy person such as Thom perpetuate this error.

There is no Anonymous organization. It has no agenda. There are no leaders. It's not like a cell or a cult or an agency. When you speak of anonymous as a noun you are referring to ONE person, not a group. When "Anonymous" does something it isn't a group, it is a single person. When multiple single people do something similar it isn't "Anonymous the organization" doing something it is just a bunch of unnamed people.

When an un-named tipster calls the police and tells them where a crime will be committed, it isn't the action of an organized crime-reporting group called Anonymous. If a hundred un-named tipsters prank-called the police with fake reports of where crimes would be committed, it isn't the action of an organized prank-calling group called Anonymous. In both cases the callers are anonymous.

Do I make myself clear?

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