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26 September 2011 Last updated at 13:17 ET By Sean Coughlan BBC News education correspondent Harvard's website carried a message from the "Syrian Electronic Army" Harvard University has had its website hacked in what appears to be a "sophisticated" Syrian-related attack.
Have you been getting confused by all of the hacker groups and hacker group spinoff groups and side projects of hacker groups and their spinoffs? Are you a little tangled up in the web of connections between Anonymous, LulzSec, AntiSec and others? Don't feel bad.
The infamous vigilante hacker group ‘Anonymous’ has become the modern-day Robin Hood of the Internet. Their way of ‘stealing from the rich’ however, is to shut down websites of anyone they see as enemies of their cause (i.e. enemies of freedom of speech and freedom of information). The ‘collective super-consciousness’ as they are referred to, do not have a leader or operate under any hierarchy. They aren’t even necessarily hackers.
iStockphoto.com For the past three years, a highly encrypted computer worm called Conficker has been spreading rapidly around the world. As many as 12 million computers have been infected with the self-updating worm, a type of malware that can get inside computers and operate without their permission. "What Conficker does is penetrate the core of the [operating system] of the computer and essentially turn over control of your computer to a remote controller," writer Mark Bowden tells Fresh Air 's Terry Gross. "[That person] could then utilize all of these computers, including yours, that are connected. ... And you have effectively the largest, most powerful computer in the world."