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IP addresses, chat logs and plain text passwords purporting to belong to members of Anonymous have been posted online. The data, posted to paste2.org, appeared around the same time on Tuesday that a semi-official news outlet used by Anonymous (Anonops.net) was "hacked" to point at a site mocking the hacktivist collective (screenshot here ). The data haul of around 650 addresses could not be immediately verified as genuine, but the timing of the supposed hacking follows credible reports of a split within the hacker group.
<img class="alignnone" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/2009/07/roflcon_jmm_0352_2.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="439" /> In the course of its investigation into the PlayStation Network security breach, Sony discovered a file that makes a clear reference to the “Anonymous” hacking group . In a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, Sony said a file named “Anonymous,” containing the words “We Are Legion,” was left behind by the intruders who gained access to the servers of Sony Online Entertainment.
Sony tells Congress about Anonymous and Playstation Network outage - Los Angeles LA Action-Adventure GameContrary to the word on the streets, at the time of this article, Sony ’s Playstation Network is still not back up in Los Angeles or the rest of the United States. Today, Kazuo Hirai, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sony Computer Entertainment America, submitted written answers to questions posed to him by Congress. The eight page letter can be viewed on Sony’s Playstation blog Flickr page. One notable detail is that Sony claims that the intruders had planted a file on the Sony Online Entertainment servers named “ Anonymous ” with the words “We are Legion.”
Photo by Simon Law Gabriella Coleman moves between a lot of different worlds. She's an assistant professor on media, culture and communication at NYU, a writer on digital culture , and an anthropologist by training. Her work, specifically on the (in)famous collection of hacktivists known as Anonymous, combines an admirable skill for tackling new trends while bringing the best traits of an academic background to bear, better placing the cutting edge in a larger context. In this interview, she discusses the multifaceted beast that is Anonymous, and how digital culture and political activism collide. How did you first become interested in Anonymous and hacktivism?