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On a frigidly cold morning in early 2008, two dozen complete strangers arranged to meet for the first time. They had travelled from all over the metro area, some taking over two hours to reach their destination. Coffee and doughnuts were sacrificed to the ritual of placing online handles to faces. The first meeting of the Edmonton chapter of Project Chanology had officially begun. Similar meetings were taking place around the world.
Editor's Note: Pasty kids with greasy hair typing on command lines. Dark villains of the networked world. Security magicians with odd political beliefs. We have a lot of ideas about who hackers are, but very few people have actually tried to seriously investigate the anthropology of one of the more fascinating social groups to emerge at the end of the 20th century.
"Cyberwar" is a heavily loaded term, which conjures up Hollywood inspired images of hackers causing oil refineries to explode. Some security celebrities came out very strongly against the thought of it, claiming that cyberwar was less science, and more science fiction. Last year on May 21, the United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) reported reaching initial operational capability, and news stories abound of US soldiers undergoing basic cyber training , which all point to the idea that traditional super powers are starting to explore this arena. Recent activities with one government contractor and Anonymous, however, show clearly that cyber operations have been going on for a long while, and that the private sector has been only too ready to fill the cyber mercenary role for piles of cash. Anonymous vs. HBGary
Update: Ann Clwyd MP's question today, 17 March, in the Commons, on the turn MP Ann Clwyd (L-Cynon Valley) today raised the question of the treatment of PFC Bradley Manning at the Quantico military base in Virginia with the foreign secretary, William Hague, during his testimony before the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee. (The exchange between Clwyd and Hague appears in the last several minutes here. ) Although Hague stood on legal formalities in his reply -- he cannot take a position without Manning's consent; Manning has stated that he does not consider himself a UK citizen; and it is up to Manning's US lawyer to seek redress of any treatment he considers unlawful -- he made one significant concession. At the close of his remarks he said voluntarily that the concerns of UK citizens about Manning's treatment would be brought to US diplomatic attention because they had been raised in a parliamentary committee.
In 1960s, Daniel Ellsberg got access to top-secret documents on Vietnam War He leaked the information, which became known as the Pentagon Papers in 1971 Ellsberg says he's very empathetic to the plight of Pfc. Bradley Manning
"Anonymous is not the name of an organization. In fact, "organization" is the least appropriate word to describe the phenomenon that is Anonymous. It might be better to call Anonymous a movement, or a trend, or even a philosophy.
Unless the sources of the DDoS attacks being carried out by Anonymous are identified and stopped, there seems to be no end in sight for their deluge of operations. These 'AnonOps' are presented as global outreach operations of sorts, aimed at assisting individuals and organizations subjected to persecution by governments and other institutions aiming to silence free expression and dissent. The Tunisian people are perceived by Anonymous to be in need of global support and the same can be said of Wikileaks.
Yesterday’s post about group behavior when faced with changing conditions elicited some response. Despite my not having mentioned the ongoing attacks anywhere in the entire text, my comment field filled with people defending Anonymous. No, not so much defending Anonymous, actually, as… maybe feeling uneasy over my post as such.
This statement can be downloaded here . The Pirate Party has become aware of five arrests across the country in connection with the series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on various websites launched in retaliation for those organisations' actions against WikiLeaks. Many believe that the revelations made by Wikileaks unveil the questionable behaviour of elected representatives and therefore that it is in the public interest for this information to be revealed. Actions by certain companies to block services for or donations to Wikileaks are seen as forms of censorship that, while not directly caused by national governments are seen to be supported or encouraged by them. In the face of governmental and corporate attacks against Wikileaks, individuals around the world have tried to fight back in the only way they feel available to them under the label "Anonymous".
“ Our assessment is that the Egyptian government is stable and is looking for ways to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people.” Hillary Clinton, January 25, Washington “ When asked about the revolt in Egypt, 72% of american adults agreed that they should overthrow the current Pharaoh.” Anonymous member, #opegypt IRC, January 26, Secretary Clinton received plenty of criticism for her statements about Egypt.
Realigning the Public Perceptions of Anonymous and Wikileaks. Proponents of Wikileaks identify Julian Assange as an international hero and liken him to the Founding Fathers of the United States . Critics cast Wikileaks as a nefarious syndicate deserving the label of foreign terrorist organization . Some go even further by demanding Julian Assange be given the death penalty or summary execution.
Evidence collected by the FBI about Anonymous, which attacked websites of four companies to punish them for blocking contributions to WikiLeaks, will be considered this week by a U.S. grand jury, according to court papers and an informal spokesman for the group of activist hackers. The federal grand jury in San Jose , California , will begin reviewing evidence tomorrow that includes computers and mobile phones seized from suspected leaders as prosecutors probe the coordinated so-called denial-of-service attacks in December, according to a federal subpoena and the spokesman, Barrett Brown. Anonymous directed activists to target payment processors MasterCard Inc ., Visa Inc ., EBay Inc .’s PayPal, and U.K.-based Moneybookers.com in public chat rooms.