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This article is the first in a two-part series tracing the development of the amorphous online community known as Anonymous, pranksters who have become a force in global affairs. Late in the afternoon of Jan. 19, the U.S. Department of Justice website vanished from the Internet. Anyone attempting to visit it to report a crime or submit a complaint received a message saying the site was unable to load. More websites disappeared in rapid succession.
This is the second part of a two-part series on Anonymous, the amorphous Internet group that has emerged as a force in global affairs. In the first part, we track Anonymous' transition from pranks to politics. In this installment, we learn about its war on the government. You can read part one of the series here . If Anonymous spans the moral range between the idealistic revolutionary and the nihilistic imp, Phoenix stands all the way at the idealistic end.
Earlier today, Anonymous announced what sounded like an awesome caper : The group had compromised the email of a law firm that represented Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, the Marine squad leader who got a slap on the wrist for his role in the Haditha massacre. Trouble is, the hack had a lot of collateral victims, including people that Anonymous might normally be aligned with. Like a lawyer for Guantanamo detainees.
Hacked e-mails reveal Mexico manipulating climate change facts, destroying Indian sacred lands By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com The hacked e-mails of Mexico’s mining industry of Camimex exposed by Anonymous reveal that the government of Mexico is manipulating climate change facts in order to protect coal mining and other dirty industries from taxation. The e-mails expose the government of Mexico is engaged in the corporate rape of the environment, with total disregard for the air, water and land of Mexico. The e-mails reveal there is no consideration or protection, by Mexico or mining corporations, for Indigenous sacred lands and ceremonial places.
Expand Photo / File The private emails of Foreign Minister Murray McCully have reportedly been hacked and sensitive information potentially revealed.
Last updated 13:37 26/01/2012 New Zealand government websites may be knocked offline for days or weeks or defaced by overseas hackers if Megaupload.com founder Kim Dotcom is extradited to the United States, a company specialising in the security of information technology systems has warned. Activists associated with hacking group Anonymous vented their outrage at Dotcom's arrest last week by launching "denial-of-service" attacks that temporarily blocked access to the websites of the US' FBI, Justice Department and recording label Universal Music Group. Aura Information Security managing director Andy Prow believed New Zealand government sites might now be in their sights and warned some might be easy targets because of their relatively small size. Prow said that since Dotcom's arrest, two of its government clients had experienced some fall-out from "denial of service" attacks, which bombard websites with traffic, usually from networks of malware-infected computers.
The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday confirmed the arrests of 16 individuals for alleged cyberattacks by FBI agents, including 14 on charges related to their alleged involvement in an attack on PayPal's website by the loosely affiliated prankster and hacktivist group Anonymous. The DOJ said more than 35 search warrants were executed in the U.S. and that five additional arrests were made in Europe as part of a global investigation of "coordinated cyber attacks against major companies and organizations."
As I sit here the AntiSec Movement has begun a true activist initiative against a conglomerate that they believe to be the enemy. The activity is in response to the 14 arrests that were made in connection with the paypal hack. The arrest of Mercedes Renee Haefer AKA NO a journalism student at the university of Las Vegas faces up to 15 years in prison and up to a $500K fine for allegedly participating in the attacks against paypal known as #operationpayback. Paypal had been one of the financiers that had denied access to Assange post the wiki leaks incident earlier this year. A week or so ago PayPal security chief Michael Barrett had put out a call to arms to go after the Antisec movement in retaliation to the attack on their organization. He had stated that “companies must do what they can to try to identify these individuals” in an article put out by SC Magazine.
<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-33281" title="AntiSec" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/2011/11/antisec.png" alt="" width="640" height="351" /> The Antisec wing of Anonymous has come out with another document release in its ongoing assault on law enforcement. Antisec anons, who specialize in hacks that show the net’s vulnerabilities, gained access to the Gmail/Google account of one “Fred Baclagan.” Baclagan appears to be San Diego-based Alfredo Baclagan, a retired supervisor of the multi-agency Computer and Technology Crime Hightech Response Team .