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Anonymous 101: Introduction to the Lulz

Anonymous 101: Introduction to the Lulz
(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.

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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.

Yes, Randi Zuckerberg, Please Lecture Us About `Human Decency' Interwebs drama of the day: Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Mark Zuckerberg, threw a fit when someone tweeted a copy of a Zuckerberg family photo (see above) that Randi herself had posted to Facebook, the confusing-to-use social Web site created by her strange, reclusive brother. Randi was furious because she wanted the photo to be seen only by her friends, but someone who is friends with Randi's sister saw the photo on Facebook, assumed it was public, and spread it on Twitter. Randi complained that this was "way uncool." The friend apologized for her mistake. Lots of people had a laugh about how this just shows again how stupid and confusing Facebook's privacy settings are, as in, "Hey, even the Zuckerbergs can't figure this stuff out!"

How Anonymous Picks Targets, Launches Attacks, and Takes Powerful Organizations Down 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. 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

IBM identifies four 'digital personalities' to help segment media audiences IBM has identified four new types of digital consumers that media providers should target to improve digital revenue streams. The ‘Beyond Digital’ report states that the new behaviours of connected customers - which include social viewing, distracted viewing and digesting on-demand content – have greatly impacted media providers. It suggests that content cannibalisation is reducing demand for certain types of content and “digital revenue streams have proven weaker than traditional revenue streams as consumer expectations move from content ownership models to content accessibility models.” As a result, media providers need to target specific ‘digital personalities’, delivering relevant content experiences rather than just content alone - and create new cross-channel digital revenue models. The four digital personalities identified in the report are not age-based, but instead are derived from how they access content: Efficiency Experts.

Decrypting text Encrypted text is sometimes achieved by replacing one letter by another. To start deciphering the encryption it is useful to get a frequency count of all the letters. The most frequent letter may represent the most common letter in English E followed by T, A, O and I whereas the least frequent are Q, Z and X. Common percentages in standard English are: and ranked in order: Common pairs are consonants TH and vowels EA.

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.’ TNS identifies five 'eating plans' for more effective ad campaigns Marketers should tailor ad campaigns based on the way different segments of the population consume information, according to TNS UK. Through a combination of focus groups and online research TNS has identified five different ‘eating plans’ that it believes marketers can use to create more effective ad campaigns. The theory is that consumers are suffering from ‘Information Obesity’ due to the number of different communication channels that now exist, and as a result brands are struggling to communicate with their audience.

Globalists, Elite and New World Order Explained The Globalist Report by Andrew Puhanic The Globalist Report, and many other alternative news sources, frequently use terms such as Globalists, New World Order and The Elite. Unfortunately, there is very little understanding in the wider community about who these groups and individuals are, what they stand for and what their purpose is. Let’s explore and define who these groups are and what they stand for. Globalists Anonymous retreats from Mexico drug cartel confrontation 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.

6 Ways to Bring Civility Online “All u need is one shell: for yourself. Done.”“Nothing says survival like a tube of Carmex. Add a little to that condom you stored and protect the world from more people like you…” The above comments were left on Tuesday’s post about building the Ultimate Survival Shotgun. That post was a big hit, quickly becoming one of our most popular articles of all time (thanks Creek!). How to report a computer crime: malware by email Do you know how to report a computer crime? Or even who you would report it to? We looked at unauthorised email account access in the first of our series of articles on how to report a computer crime. Now we turn our heads to malware by email.

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.

How the Harlem Shake went from viral sideshow to global phenomenon The Harlem Shake is a nearly perfect internet meme because it almost perfectly erases its origins. If every imitation of "Gangnam Style" inevitably leads you back to the deceptively subtle, near-perfect original, the Harlem Shake does the opposite. Every imitation leads you to another imitation, the lower its fidelity the better. The videos themselves are quite literally viral. A YouTube search for "Harlem Shake" turns up 60,000, with 45,000 uploaded within the last week. One person starts out with symptoms — dancing, a horse head, etc. — and within moments, someone else is infected.