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Anonymous has announced its intention s to take down the Great Firewall of China, but while the relationship between Chinese authorities and net users is extremely shaky, is it the right time to declare war? There is an interesting dialogue emerging in much of China's state-run media this week about the difference between 'free speech' and 'harmful rumours'. has recently released an article entitled "Freedom of Speech does not protect rumors."
To most observers he seemed unpredictable, dangerous and so highly skilled that he could evade the long arm of the law. But in an astonishing revelation , last week it emerged that Sabu, the notorious figurehead of hacking group LulzSec, had for almost nine months been working secretly as an informant for the FBI. The identity of 28-year-old Hector Xavier Monsegur, who led a rampage against government websites and multi-national corporations, had been uncovered when he failed to mask his computer's IP address using an internet chat room on just one fateful occasion. Soon after, FBI agents appeared at the door of his apartment on the sixth floor of a 14-story housing project in Manhattan. The agents reportedly played "good cop bad cop", convincing the infamous hacker - almost immediately, according to court documents - that his only way out was to cooperate with an international investigation into his former comrades.
March 6, 2012, 12:56 PM PST Takeaway: LulzSec receives a body blow with the arrest of six individuals, most notably one core member, Hector Monsegur, who is said to have been turned by the FBI into assisting their investigation. An investigation into the criminal activity of LulzSec has resulted in the arrests of six individuals both in the U.S. and abroad, dealing a serious blow to the group loosely affiliated with Anonymous as well as AntiSec. The investigation involved a number of law enforcement agencies, most notably the Federal Bureau of Investigation, whose agents managed to flip the so-called “mastermind” of LulzSec, Hector Xavier Monsegur — known by his alias Sabu within the LulzSec circles. The Fox News report describes the turning of Monsegur as a mafia-type figure who elected to help the Feds when he was threatened with a prison sentence that would separate him from his young children.
Today, the @YourAnonNews Twitter account theorized that Antisec, which was created just before LulzSec began retreating into Anonymous, was in fact the creation of the FBI. At the time of Antisec’s inception, there was some chatter within the hacking community that LulzSec created Antisec in order to stage some misdirection—to get authorities looking elsewhere. Almost simultaneously, if memory serves, some observers were even suggesting that government authorities, whether in the US or UK and elsewhere, were bearing down on LulzSec. YourAnonNews has created a document laying out the timelines of the FBI’s activity with Sabu and the rise of Antisec, and it’s a very enlightening read. For instance, the first mention of Antisec occurs on June 4, 2011, when The Lulz Boat Twitter feed tweets , “So gather round, this is a new cyber world and we’re starting it together.
A protester wears an Anonymous mask to a rally in France. Anonymous member appears on a documentary panel at surreal SXSW panel Gregg Housh tells crowd of about 200 that Anonymous associates remain motivated Housh says prominent member "Sabu" had always been "vocal," "angry" Anonymous is the name of a "hacktivist" collective that has made headlines lately Austin, Texas (CNN) -- When it's revealed that a prominent member of a clandestine movement has been giving information to the FBI for months, you'd think it would intimidate others in the group into backing off. And that may have been the case when it was discovered that "Sabu," real name Hector Xavier Monsegur, had been arrested in June and provided information that helped lead to the arrest of five other alleged members of the "hacktivist" collective, Anonymous. For a few minutes, anyway.
Hector Monsegur, known as Sabu, leader of the Anonymous affiliated hacking group LulzSec, was arrested by FBI agents in his New York apartment on Monday, June 7, 2011, at 10:15PM. On August 15, Monsegur pleaded guily to several counts of hacking and identity theft. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney James Pastore, as told to U.S.
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Two weeks ago, Cornel West, Princeton professor and activist, showed up at a tent city erected by Occupy Wall Street protesters across the street from the Federal Reserve building in Boston . As he finished delivering an impromptu speech, a man who had been standing off to the side leaned in and gave him a hug. He was in his mid-thirties, with gray-dusted hair, a round face and dimples. Most people who witnessed this moment probably didn't think anything of it -- but then, most people aren't familiar with the faces of the online movement known Anonymous. The man was Gregg Housh, an Internet technology consultant and one of the few people associated with Anonymous whose real name is known to the public. Housh occupies a special place in Anonymous lore.
Anonymous hacked into Salt Lake City Police slcpd.com website last night and stolen login information along with passwords of the website as a part of the operation Piggy Bank #OpPiggyBank. As soon as the site admins found out the leak they brought down the whole site and the site is still offline with the message “We are working on replacing content for the website.” The attacks however did not stop last night, two more attacks took place a couple of minutes ago.
In a weekly Intelligence summary, Verizon Business Security blogged, " Wired declared Anonymous to be the net's immune system. But an analyst is compelled to assess if Anonymous is becoming symptomatic of an autoimmune disease." AntiSec hacktivists certainly whacked the "intelligence consultancy" for Strategic Forecasting Inc and endless articles have been published such as this one that points out the failings and " gross example of Statfor ."
Anonymous, working together with LulzSec and other hackers, has struck again. As a part of its Operation Antisec , Anonymous has released close to 400 megabytes of documents belonging to FBI contractor ManTech International. Ironically enough, ManTech proudly claims to specialize in tackling some of the most challenging cyber security problems facing our nation. In the recent past, Anonymous and LulzSec have been actively targeted by law enforcement agencies around the world.
Anonymous has released MoD and Nato officials’ details. Photograph: Feng Yu/Alamy Over Christmas a busy, secretive group were at work, with their own views on who had been naughty and nice. However it was not Santa's elves, but the amorphous " Anonymous " collective making the decisions. This group of hackers released a vast trove of email addresses, passwords and credit card information belonging to subscribers of the US intelligence company Stratfor – and the hangover has carried on into the new year, with the release of MoD and Nato officials' details .
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We’ve been documenting the people that were targeted in the cross country raids on alleged Anonymous members . So far, it seems that every day we are hearing from those who were affected coming forward to state their case that they had no part in Anonymous hacking. Today, we found another person stating their innocence. In the major sweep of hackers, the score might now be Anonymous: 3, FBI: 0. Still, as time goes on, we are getting a clearer and clearer picture of the kind of people that were arrested or raided.