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Who is Anonymous? Exclusive: How the FBI investigates the hacktivities of Anonymous. On September 19, 2008, hackers from the Anonymous collective attacked the website of Fox News host Bill O'Reilly.

Exclusive: How the FBI investigates the hacktivities of Anonymous

The hackers found and immediately posted e-mail addresses, passwords, and physical addresses of 205 O'Reilly site members paying $5 a month to hear Bill's wisdom. The next day, a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack hit the site with 5,000 packets per second. That night, another attack flooded two O'Reilly servers with 1.5GB/s of data. The site member data was put to use by hackers immediately. One woman suffered $400 in fraudulent charges; as an interview with the FBI would later make clear, these were purchases for things like "penile enlargement. " The woman's AOL account was used to "send e-mail of three men performing oral," according to FBI interview notes, with the offending message purporting to come from "John McCain.

" Hard to find As Anonymous attacks go, the Bill O'Reilly episode was small-scale. But finding the offenders proved difficult. Not so hard to find. L'historique des actions d'Anonymous en infographie. L’opération Payback, en soutien à Wikileaks, conduisit à l’arrestation de 5 membres présumés d’Anonymous en Grande-Bretagne.

L'historique des actions d'Anonymous en infographie

Cette année également, c’est l’attaque contre Sony et plus particulièrement le Playstation Network qui fit parler du collectif, bien que là encore, tout ne soit pas attribuable à Anonymous, mais plus probablement à une section dissidente aux objectifs un peu moins sympathiques. Enfin, le mois dernier, le groupe a réussi à mettre au jour un réseau de pédopornographie, en découvrant plus de 100 Go de photos et en dévoilant une liste de plus de 1500 personnes impliquées. Les motifs de contestation d’Anonymous sont pour le moins variés, attendaons donc le 5 novembre pour voir le sort réservé à Facebook… Anonymous spies on FBI / UK Police hacking investigation conference call.

A recording of a confidential conference call between the FBI and UK law enforcement officers at the Metropolitan Police has been released by Anonymous on the internet. The inference has to be that hackers were able to secretly access the call because they have compromised a police investigator's email account. Massive cyber attack scheduled against USA by Anonymous Hackers for #OpUSA. New leaker disclosing US secrets, government concludes. Your video will begin momentarily.

New leaker disclosing US secrets, government concludes

FIRST ON CNN: New documents formed the basis of story on news site, InterceptThe site is run by Glenn Greenwald, who published leaks by Edward Snowden Article focuses on the growth of names on terror databases during the Obama administration (CNN) -- The federal government has concluded there's a new leaker exposing national security documents in the aftermath of surveillance disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, U.S. officials tell CNN. Proof of the newest leak comes from national security documents that formed the basis of a news story published Tuesday by the Intercept, the news site launched by Glenn Greenwald, who also published Snowden's leaks. U.S. charges Snowden with espionage. U.S. defense contractor Edward Snowden discusses his motivation behind the NSA leak and why he revealed himself as the whistleblower behind the major story.

U.S. charges Snowden with espionage

Courtesy of Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald. (Courtesy of Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald) Federal prosecutors have filed a criminal complaint against Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a trove of documents about top-secret surveillance programs, and the United States has asked Hong Kong to detain him on a provisional arrest warrant, according to U.S. officials. Snowden was charged with theft, “unauthorized communication of national defense information” and “willful communication of classified communications intelligence information to an unauthorized person,” according to the complaint. The last two charges were brought under the 1917 Espionage Act. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment. Text of the letter to Edward Snowden. Here is the text of the open letter Lon Snowden, along with his attorney, Bruce Fein, wrote to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

Text of the letter to Edward Snowden

The letter was provided to The Associated Press. July 2, 2013 Edward Joseph Snowden Moscow Dear Edward: I, Bruce Fein, am writing this letter in collaboration with your father in response to the Statement you issued yesterday in Moscow. I, spy: Edward Snowden in exile. Fiction and films, the nearest most of us knowingly get to the world of espionage, give us a series of reliable stereotypes.

I, spy: Edward Snowden in exile

British spies are hard-bitten, libidinous he-men. Russian agents are thickset, low-browed and facially scarred. And defectors end up as tragic old soaks in Moscow, scanning old copies of the Times for news of the Test match. But the Edward Snowden who materialises in our hotel room shortly after noon on the appointed day seems none of those things. A year into his exile in Moscow, he feels less, not more, isolated. Edward Snowden: The Untold Story. Ed Snowden Taught Me To Smuggle Secrets Past Incredible Danger. Now I Teach You. Late on the evening of January 11, 2013, someone sent me an interesting email.

Ed Snowden Taught Me To Smuggle Secrets Past Incredible Danger. Now I Teach You.

It was encrypted, and sent from the sort of anonymous email service that smart people use when they want to hide their identity. Sitting at the kitchen table in the small cottage where I lived in Berkeley with my wife and two cats, I decrypted it. The anonymous emailer wanted to know if I could help him communicate securely with Laura Poitras, the documentary filmmaker who had repeatedly cast a critical eye on American foreign policy. From: anon108@■■■■■■■■■ To: Micah Lee Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2013Micah,I’m a friend. I need to get information securely to Laura Poitras and her alone, but I can’t find an email/gpg key for her.Can you help? WikiLeaks, whistleblowers and wars. War on whistleblowers turning into the war on journalists?