Anonymous retreats from Mexico drug cartel confrontation | Technology Plans by the hacker collective Anonymous to expose collaborators with Mexico's bloody Zetas drug cartel – a project it dubbed "#OpCartel" – have fallen into disarray, with some retreating from the idea of confronting the killers while others say that the kidnap of an Anonymous hacker, the incident meant to have spawned the scheme, never happened. The apparent climbdown by the group came as one security company, Stratfor, claimed that the cartel was hiring its own security experts to track the hackers down – which could have resulted in "abduction, injury and death" for anyone it traced. Two hacker members of "Operation Cartel", which said earlier this week that it would expose members of the murderous cartel, have now indicated that they are stopping their scheme to identify collaborators and members because they don't want anyone to be killed as a result. The threat from the cartel had already worried some Anonymous members. "He denounced the op after safety concerns.
How Anonymous Picks Targets, Launches Attacks, and Takes Powerful Organizations Down | Threat Level Image Design: Giles Revell No one but Hector Xavier Monsegur can know why or when he became Sabu, joining the strange and chaotic Internet collective known as Anonymous. But we know the moment he gave Sabu up. For the next eight months, Sabu continued to rage across the Internet as a core member of AntiSec, a blackhat hacking group within Anonymous. we’re used to that heat we survived the first rounds of the raids He was referring to a series of arrests that past summer that had scooped up, worldwide, at least 80 alleged participants in the group. But Sabu hadn’t survived the first rounds of the raids, and thanks to the evidence he helped the Feds gather, more anons wouldn’t survive the next round. It was merely a speed bump for the collective but a massive emotional bitchslap for individuals Painting: Chrissy Angliker In 2011, Anonymous figured out how to infiltrate anything, to mobilize not just machines but bodies. Was it really just a speed bump? Pages: 1 2345View All
Steubenville High School Students Joke About Rape In Video Leaked By Anonymous A chilling video leaked by an Anonymous cell this week has added a new twist to a sordid tale of alleged rape that has shattered the peace of a close-knit Ohio football town. The disturbing 12-minute video, posted online Tuesday by the hacktivist group “Knight Sec,” shows teens making jokes about the events that reportedly transpired on Aug. 22. One teen appears to refer to the victim as "deader than" Trayvon Martin, and adds, "she is so raped her p**s is about as dry as the sun right now." Months later, what exactly happened in Steubenville, Ohio, is still being pieced together. Few witnesses have stepped forward to talk about the parties where the underage girl, who was from a neighboring town, was allegedly transported, assaulted and photographed by athletes from local Steubenville High. The video, which was allegedly posted to YouTube on the night of the incident, has been brought to the attention of local police. From the Times: The group wrote:
Hacked by Knightsec Feds stumbling after Anonymous launches 'Operation Last Resort' The U.S. Department of Justice still has egg on its face after hacktivist group Anonymous launched 'Operation Last Resort' commandeering Federal websites, threatening to release government information, and demanding legal reform. Late evening Friday, January 25, U.S. Details: Anonymous hacks U.S. The feds wrestled all weekend with Anonymous to try and regain control of the website. Anonymous had the last laugh Sunday afternoon as they whimsically transformed the .gov site into an interactive video game of "Asteroids." Friday: ussc.gov launch of Operation Last Resort Anonymous first hacked ussc.gov Friday afternoon, but only momentarily with control going back to the feds. Later that night, Anonymous fully commandeered the website and made demands in a massive show of force. The group stated it had infiltrated multiple federal websites over a period of time, and dropped enough technical details to make it clear that its tracks were covered and that it still had access to .gov websites:
Massive information dump by Anonymous on hundreds of cops, including a ‘pedo cop’ Anonymous has been extremely active over the last few weeks; for one, disclosing the inept state of Alabama’s privacy of 40,000 of its residents, after hacking into their site in just minutes. In addition to a mountain of website’s defaced and hacked, the group has surpassed themselves. Again. Imagine what you would expect to find after hacking into the databases of the Los Angeles Police Canine Association‘s website — certainly not disturbing images from an ‘alleged’ pedo cop of unclothed children with adults – the police officer in question, Jesse Flores, should have ‘expected them.’ Included in the trove of information obtained by Anons @CabinCr3w and @ItsKahuna are names, addresses and phone numbers of hundreds of police officers and their membership rosters which were taken upon login. Disturbing images in the database were provided by this officer: The information obtained includes emails, “We now have all of their emails, and you do as well. Quote in full: ShareThis
Anonymous is dying. What comes next? : anonymous Internet Hate Machine About Internet Hate Machine is a term initially used by a Los Angeles news station to describe Anonymous, which has since been co-opted as an inside joke by members of the group. The label can be seen as a testament to the perception gap between outsiders who may feel that Anonymous actions are carried out of sadistic pleasure and insiders of the group who insist they’re done for the lulz, or one’s comedic enjoyment. Origin The term “Internet Hate Machine” was coined during a news story on Anonymous broadcast by Los Angeles Fox affiliate KTTV on July 26th 2007, which characterized the group as hackers, cyber bullies and "domestic terrorists.” Spread The following day, a thread about the report was posted to 4chan’s /a/ (anime) board. In the following months, two YTMND sites were created in tribute to the phrase. Remix Videos As the video clip of the news segment continued to gain traction, some YouTube users began to remix it or create YouTube Poop with the original footage. Term Expansion
Anonymous About Anonymous is an ad-hoc group of Internet users who are often associated with various hacktivist operations, including protests against Internet censorship, Scientology and government corruption. History Users of the anonymous image board 4chan, launched in late 2003, began using the term “Anonymous” when referring to themselves as a collective. User registration is not required on the site and users who do not identify themselves are given the label “Anonymous.” In 2004, a 4chan administration manipulated the site to force every user to be displayed as “Anonymous,” which perpetuated the notion that users of the site was part of an anonymous group. Hacktivist Comic Boook On January 22nd, 2014, the four part comic Hacktivist, based on Anonymous, was released. "The world knows Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft as the young, brilliant co-founders of YourLife, a social networking company that has changed the way the world connects with each other. Operations The Great Habbo Raid Project Chanology
Rehtaeh Parsons suicide: Anonymous issues attack on N.S. justice system One day after threatening to release the identities of four boys allegedly involved in the gang rape of teenager Rehtaeh Parsons, the hacktivist group Anonymous has issued a blistering attack on Nova Scotia Justice Minister Ross Landry and other authority figures over their decision not to prosecute in the case. Chris Selley on Rehtaeh Parsons: How not to solve the bullying problem As if contemplating a tormented child taking her own life isn’t horrible enough, we must now live with online blame-mobs grabbing hold of a narrative and demanding justice — and not necessarily in a courtroom. We are seeing it again this week in the sad case of Rehtaeh Parsons, a Nova Scotia 17-year-old who killed herself last week, her mother Leah Parson claims, after being raped and bullied relentlessly by peers over photographs of the assault. Read more . . . “What we have learned is certainly appalling, but it wasn’t the act of rape that shocked us. Police did not lay charges in the incident.
Anonymous 101: Introduction to the Lulz | Threat Level (Editor’s Note: Any decent coverage of Anonymous is going to verge on some NSFW material at points. There will be questionable language and strange imagery.) Last week the net and the media were ablaze with the news that Anonymous might be taking on the Zeta drug cartel in Mexico, a story that has morphed into a wider drug corruption story, and led to one American law enforcement official in North Carolina being named as a gang conspirator. Also this year, Anons released documents on, or d0xed, several police organizations and one prominent police vendor in retaliation for heavy-handed law enforcement reaction to occupations associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement. They’ve fought with child pornographers, hacked Sony repeatedly, and even tried to release compromising pictures to blackmail Bay Area Rapid Transit spokesman Linton Johnson into resigning. But what is Anonymous? NYU Professor and Anonymous researcher Biella Coleman compares Anonymous to the trickster god archetype.
D Magazine : Barrett Brown is Anonymous Comment The night before Michael Isikoff came to Dallas, I got an e-mail from Barrett Brown. “Apparently Isikoff is freaked out about having another journalist here,” it said. “But I’ll secretly record the proceedings and provide to you.” A little context: Michael Isikoff is a former investigative reporter for Newsweek. Now he’s a correspondent for NBC News. Me, I first encountered Brown in 1998, when he was a 16-year-old intern at the Met, a now-defunct alternative weekly where I worked. I had been to Brown’s Uptown bachelor pad before. On the morning of Isikoff’s visit, though, I see that much has changed. Isikoff’s cameraman and producer are the first through the door. Ever the congenial host, Brown introduces us. Having mumbled the introduction, Brown steps out onto the tiny second-floor patio to smoke a cigarette, leaving me with Loehr, Isikoff, and his two-man crew. “What did he just say?” Brown has used heroin at various points in his life. I think. It’s a weekday, early.