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Anonymous switches its sights to Operation Algeria As their efforts to help prevent further government oppression and censorship in Tunisia continue, rogue freedom-fighting group Anonymous has now set its sights on helping citizens in the North African nation of Algeria. Late last week, Anonymous posted an appeal to the “free-thinking citizens of the world” to aid in their quest for “freedom and transparency” in Algeria and other countries around the world, and also posted “A Warning Message to the Algerian Government.” “The Algerian government hereby declares itself an enemy of Anonymous and the people. Anonymous hears the cries for freedom from the Algerian people, and has decided to step up,” the press release at AnonNews.org reads. “We cannot, and will not remain silent while this injustice is being done. Anonymous will help them in this struggle against oppression.
Anonymous Press Release: A Warning Message to the Algerian Government
Social Networks, Social Revolution. and Anonymous (Al Jazeera Empire) [www.keepvid.com].mp4
Here's my problem with crediting these attacks to Anonymous. Firstly, all activist hackers who launch these attacks are (lower case a) anonymous for obvious reasons, and don't self-identify because they're attacking governments. There are dozens of reasons for these attacks by independents who don't identify as Anonymous, and accepting these attacks as the work of Anonymous isn't credible because really, in any contentious attack where the perpetrator wouldn't want to claim credit, Anonymous could be cited or claim credit because they are a nameless hivemind. I have no issue with these attacks in principle, and no practical issue with much of what Anonymous does, but I'm afraid they are becoming far too broadly interpreted by the media as this ultimate nexus of activist hackers. Anonymous Hackers Attack Yemeni Government - Gawker
Tunisian protests turn into cyberwar between government and hacker group Violent protests in Tunisia have turned into a cyberwar between government forces and the Anonymous hacker group, after Gmail, Facebook, Yahoo and Hotmail accounts of perceived dissidents were censored. On Dec. 18, a group of youths gathered in Sidi Bouzid in Tunisia, protesting against unemployment and poor living conditions. The government cracked down, forcing discussion to move online through social networking forums. "The authorities appear to have turned to even more repressive tactics to silence reporting. In the case of Internet bloggers, this includes what seems a remarkably invasive and technically sophisticated plan to steal passwords from the country's own citizens, in order to spy on private communications and squelch online speech," said Danny O'Brien, in a blog on the website run by Internet Advocacy Coordinator at Committee to Protect Journalists.
2 new Anon Operations promote net freedom in US, Tunisia It appears that Anonymous, the vigilante internet freedom-fighting group that rose to fame with their WikiLeaks-defending DDoS attacks, are still busy gathering support for their latest missions despite increasing legal issues involving the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and international law enforcement agencies. Anonymous members and supporters are currently rallying support for two new missions: Operation Bling and Operation Tunisia. For Operation Tunisia, the group gathered over 9,000 people online Sunday to protest government censorship of websites, including WikiLeaks, and the mission, which has resulted in a “near blackout” of the nation’s government sites, appears to be ongoing. “This is a warning to the Tunisian government: attacks at the freedom of speech and information of its citizens will not be tolerated.