We Are Anonymous?
Shahrukh Tahir, News Editor
June 6, 2012
Filed under Technology
Many of you may not know what Anonymous is, although there are some among you who know why it is. Anonymous can be best described as a group of individuals who have attempted to “change” things for the better by the hacking the websites of very well-known companies and political figures. “We are not a criminal organization” says one Anonymous member in response to all of the media propaganda about the group. Anonymous has no real member structure; they are made up of activists, hackers, and supporters. The group has had many ventures “supposedly” attacking law enforcement, military and intelligence-linked targets. They have carried these plans out in retaliation to the dozens of arrests made in North America, Europe, and many other areas like Chile this February. What Anonymous did was attack political and industrial websites by changing, altering or even taking them down. The main organization that is taking on the challenge of bringing Anonymous to justice is Interpol (International Criminal Police Organization); they have made arrests around the world possible.
Interpol has declared that they have arrested twenty five suspects in Argentina, Chile, Columbia, and Spain. These arrests were done by national law enforcement officers who work under Interpol’s Latin American group of experts on information technology crime. The suspects who were arrested ranged from ages 17 to 40. The alleged members were going to carry out a plan where they were supposed to coordinate cyber-attacks on institutes such as Columbia’s Defense Ministry, and presidential websites. The arrests lead to the seizure of 250 items of technology ranging from mobile phones to IT equipment.
Anonymous is still strong; they have a very large following and their supporters are united; they truly believe in the cause to attack and violate websites owned by big companies. However, there are some who would argue on what authority they can say that the companies are in some way “corrupt”?. Still more say that Anonymous is not doing right by the people by taking action; they send youth a negative message about how and why people should take action and also for what reason.
How much technological capability has Anonymous demonstrated so far? Well, Anonymous claims they have the source code for Stuxnet, which is a computer worm discovered on June 10, 2010, Stuxnet is malware that is capable of spying on and subverting industrial systems.
Anonymous has attempted many ploys and has succeeded in some; their response to Interpol is “you can’t take Anonymous, we are an Idea”. This quote references the movie “V for Vendetta” made in 2005. The protagonist in the movie, depicted as “V”, has been adopted as the face of Anonymous.
Anonymous is still active and has not stopped in any way. They will continue their mass attacks on political sites and corrupt companies. For these attacks they have made or are going to make Anonymous leaves us a small message; the next time something big happens remember their slogan “We don’t forgive, We don’t forget, Expect Us”.