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

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. On June 7, 2011, federal agents came to his apartment on New York’s Lower East Side and threatened the 28-year-old with an array of charges that could add up to 124 years in prison. 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 Related:  Anonymous

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 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.

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. Sentencing Commission website was hacked and government files distributed by Anonymous in what the group calls "Operation Last Resort" in response to the recent, tragic suicide of hacktivist Aaron Swartz. 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. GALLERY: U.S.

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. 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. Archaia plans to compile all four parts of the comic into one book by summer 2014. Operations The Great Habbo Raid The Great Habbo Raid was an online raid in 2006 organized by Anonymous against racist mods on the now defunct social networking site Habbo Hotel. Project Chanology Operation Lioncash Operation YouTube Operation Teaspoon Operation Payback Operation Sony

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