Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Feb 2011 10:45 UTC
Internet & Networking Absolutely fantastic article over at Ars about a guy trying to hunt down Anonymous - which cost him and his company dearly. "Aaron Barr believed he had penetrated Anonymous. The loose hacker collective had been responsible for everything from anti-Scientology protests to pro-Wikileaks attacks on MasterCard and Visa, and the FBI was now after them. But matching their online identities to real-world names and locations proved daunting. Barr found a way to crack the code. [...] But had he?" A comment to the article says it best: "Personally, I'm rooting for Anonymous. I may not care for their attitude or their methods sometimes, but I think a little fear and caution on the worst excesses of those who would impair our rights is good thing." Governments and companies should fear the people - not the other way around.
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RE: Governments
by 4nntt on Thu 10th Feb 2011 13:45 UTC in reply to "Governments "
4nntt
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2009-02-12

...hence the use of technology to remain 'anonymous', and the general public support despite the childish nature of their actions.

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RE[2]: Governments
by NuxRo on Thu 10th Feb 2011 13:55 in reply to "RE: Governments "
NuxRo Member since:
2010-09-25

...hence the use of technology to remain 'anonymous', and the general public support despite the childish nature of their actions.


+1

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RE[2]: Governments
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 10th Feb 2011 14:13 in reply to "RE: Governments "
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

...hence the use of technology to remain 'anonymous', and the general public support despite the childish nature of their actions.


I rather their actions be childish than physically harmful.

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RE[3]: Governments
by 4nntt on Thu 10th Feb 2011 14:26 in reply to "RE[2]: Governments "
4nntt Member since:
2009-02-12

Yea, me too. Unfortunatly that's a bit of a false dicotomy, isn't it? DDOS attacks would seem to fall into both categories.

Then again, I suppose it it's still better than physical violence.

Edited 2011-02-10 14:30 UTC

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RE[3]: Governments
by Laurence on Thu 10th Feb 2011 15:26 in reply to "RE[2]: Governments "
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

I rather their actions be childish than physically harmful.

In this day and age, "Virtual" attacks are just as severe as causing physical damage.

Let me quote from this very article:
But within a day, Anonymous had managed to infiltrate HBGary Federal's website and take it down, replacing it with a pro-Anonymous message ("now the Anonymous hand is bitch-slapping you in the face.") Anonymous got into HBGary Federal's e-mail server, for which Barr was the admin, and compromised it, extracting over 40,000 e-mails and putting them up on The Pirate Bay, all after watching his communications for 30 hours, undetected. In an after-action IRC chat, Anonymous members bragged about how they had gone even further, deleting 1TB of HBGary backup data.

They even claimed to have wiped Barr's iPad remotely.

The situation got so bad for the security company that HBGary, the company which partially owns HBGary Federal, sent its president Penny Leavy into the Anonymous IRC chat rooms to swim with the sharks—and to beg them to leave her company alone.


That's a pretty harsh form of "protest" if you ask me.

Edited 2011-02-10 15:28 UTC

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RE[3]: Governments
by jabbotts on Thu 10th Feb 2011 20:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Governments "
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I'd prefer effective mature actions. DDoS is really not an acceptable and effective response. It'll only end in tears and won't further the activist goals claimed under the name of the attack.

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RE[3]: Governments
by Soulbender on Fri 11th Feb 2011 21:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Governments "
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

I rather their actions be childish than physically harmful.


Those two are not mutually exclusive.

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RE[2]: Governments
by orestes on Thu 10th Feb 2011 19:00 in reply to "RE: Governments "
orestes Member since:
2005-07-06

Arguably good intentions are no excuse for the crap they pull. We don't need virtual Robin Hoods running around waging a war of public opinions, we need accountable individuals to step up to the plate and do things the proper way. Leaders, not puerile punks hiding in the shadows and spin doctoring their mischief into some sort of quasi political statement when it's convenient

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