Posts tagged ‘Anonymous’

January 20, 2012

PIPA and SOPA Explained on TED – Via Anonymous

A must watch: PIPA and SOPA in 14 minutes – via Anonymous

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January 20, 2012

More from Anonymous (apparently)

January 20, 2012

We Are Anonymous

Even if it isn’t real – a clarion call for all of us who fight against injustice.

January 20, 2012

Anonymous Responds In A Big Way

Courtesy Akamai

Today was an extraordinary day for those of us who support the legitimate grouses of the hacking community  with government and the legal system being in bed with  the music and film industries. The RIAA and MPAA have been going after individuals for downloading in the US and claiming ridiculous amounts of losses. Kids, grannies and even people without computers are being  threatened and and made to pay thousands of dollars to escape prolonged litigation.

Today the New Zealand authorities acting as lackeys…err… law enforcement agents for the US government arrested the guy behind Megauploads – a site that allows people to upload large files. According to the FBI’s site ( at the time it was working) :

January 19th, 2012

Popular file-sharing website megaupload.com gets shutdown by U.S Justice – FBI and charged its founder with violating piracy laws. Four Megaupload members were also arrested. The FBI released a press release on its website which you can view here:

The thing is, it is never good to piss off Anonymous because shortly thereafter a massive cyber attack was launched through the Anonymous distributed network. That is the picture you see at the top of this post.  A coordinated attack that has knocked out the sites of  justice.gov , universalmusic.com, riaa.org , mpaa.org , copyright.gov ,hadopi.fr , wmg.com , usdoj.gov , bmi.com , fbi.gov. Yes, that’s right they even knocked out the FBI’s site.

This is probably the most ambitious response by  Anonymous yet ( or that we know of). The thing I love about Anonymous or any hacker group for that matter is that it is widespread and everywhere – it is the ultimate in people  power.

Anonymous ( one can never be sure if it is actually them) seemingly released a statement  late this evening which was tweeted by @AnonymousIRC:

January 19th, 2012

Popular file-sharing website megaupload.com gets shutdown by U.S Justice – FBI and charged its founder with violating piracy laws. Four Megaupload members were also arrested. The FBI released a press release on its website which you can view here:
http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/justice-department-charges-leaders-of-megaupload-with-widespread-online-copyright-infringement

We Anonymous are launching our largest attack ever on government and music industry sites. Lulz. The FBI didn’t think they would get away with this did they? They should have expected us.

#OpMegaupload
The following sites were taken down in response to the FBI shutting down megaupload.com
🙂 TANGO DOWN
justice.gov
universalmusic.com
riaa.org
mpaa.org
copyright.gov
hadopi.fr
wmg.com
usdoj.gov
bmi.com
fbi.gov
DOX of MPAA CEO Chris Dodd (original: http://pastebin.com/mvLYNdWB)

Read the rest here ( which also includes some personal info about MPAA execs to let them know it is personal).

We’ll see where the war ends but I must disagree with Star Trek – the internet is the final frontier.

The map above reminded me of  the film War Games :

For the kids out there the movie was pretty amazing in its day –  you can see it in in full ( for the time being) on YouTube.

February 25, 2011

CNN: A cry in the night from Tripoli

Anderson Cooper’s  heartbreaking interview with an anonymous woman in Tripoli as she fears for her nation and her own life. Her appeal for the rest of the world to intervene and stop the carnage brought me to tears.

Apologies for the commercial at the beginning.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

CNN.com Video, posted with vodpod
February 24, 2011

Westboro Baptist Church gets Pwned

Via JoeMyGod

After scoffing at an alleged threat from hacker group Anonymous and saying “bring it on” – the whack job church gets its wish.

At time of writing the church’s site is unreachable.

Whether this is real or not it deserves posting just for the use of the word bitchslap.

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://downloads.westborobaptistchurch.com/

Hacktivism makes for strange bedfellows.

https://www.infosecisland.com/blogview/12094-Hacktivism-Makes-for-Strange-Bedfellows.html

And the church site is hacked by Anonymous live while a member of the church is being interviewed.

February 18, 2011

Hacker group Anonymous takes aim at Westboro Baptist crazies.

Rightly feared and completely invisible hacker group Anonymous has decided that they are fed-up of the ongoing circus that is the publicity whore  Westboro Baptist Church.

Open Letter to Westboro Baptist Church

AN OPEN LETTER FROM ANONYMOUS

February 16, 2011

TO THE CONGREGANTS OF WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH:

We, the collective super-consciousness known as ANONYMOUS – the Voice of Free Speech & the Advocate of the People – have long heard you issue your venomous statements of hatred, and we have witnessed your flagrant and absurd displays of inimitable bigotry and intolerant fanaticism. We have always regarded you and your ilk as an assembly of graceless sociopaths and maniacal chauvinists & religious zealots, however benign, who act out for the sake of attention & in the name of religion.
Being such aggressive proponents for the Freedom of Speech & Freedom of Information as we are, we have hitherto allowed you to continue preaching your benighted gospel of hatred and your theatrical exhibitions of, not only your fascist views, but your utter lack of Christ-like attributes. You have condemned the men and women who serve, fight, and perish in the armed forces of your nation; you have prayed for and celebrated the deaths of young children, who are without fault; you have stood outside the United States National Holocaust Museum, condemning the men, women, and children who, despite their innocence, were annihilated by a tyrannical embodiment of fascism and unsubstantiated repugnance. Rather than allowing the deceased some degree of peace and respect, you instead choose to torment, harass, and assault those who grieve.
Your demonstrations and your unrelenting cascade of disparaging slurs, unfounded judgments, and prejudicial innuendos, which apparently apply to every individual numbered amongst the race of Man – except for yourselves – has frequently crossed the line which separates Freedom of Speech from deliberately utilizing the same tactics and methods of intimidation and mental & emotional abuse that have been previously exploited and employed by tyrants and dictators, fascists and terrorist organizations throughout history.

ANONYMOUS cannot abide this behavior any longer. The time for us to be idle spectators in your inhumane treatment of fellow Man has reached its apex, and we shall now be moved to action. Thus, we give you a warning: Cease & desist your protest campaign in the year 2011, return to your homes in Kansas, & close your public Web sites.
Should you ignore this warning, you will meet with the vicious retaliatory arm of ANONYMOUS: We will target your public Websites, and the propaganda & detestable doctrine that you promote will be eradicated; the damage incurred will be irreversible, and neither your institution nor your congregation will ever be able to fully recover. It is in your best interest to comply now, while the option to do so is still being offered, because we will not relent until you cease the conduction & promotion of all your bigoted operations & doctrines.

The warning has been given. What happens from here shall be determined by you.

WE ARE ANONYMOUS.
WE ARE LEGION.
WE DO NOT FORGIVE.
WE DO NOT FORGET.
EXPECT US.