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Hacker groups connected with Anonymous systematically pick off high-profile targets

The collective hacker group Anonymous has continued its online assault against high profile targets ranging from companies to state and federal governments.

In their most recent attacks, Anonymous bumped the CIA's website offline for a short time, while also targeting people in the state of Alabama. CIA confirmed they are investigating the security breach, which appears to be sophisticated DDoS attacks. Also targeted, the West Virginia Chiefs of Police Association saw the personal information of at least 150 police officers published on the internet.

In addition to the U.S. government and U.S.-based companies, a number of foreign governments have drawn the wrath of Anonymous. Included on the attack list, Anonymous is targeting Israel, claiming the government is "trampling the liberties of the masses," using both political bribery and media deception in order to control their citizens. In addition, Croatian political candidates and other Eastern European authorities have been targeted for their support of anti-piracy and pro-government efforts.

Hackers loosely connected with Anonymous attacked a state database used for overdue traffic tickets and other minor fines.  More than 45,000 people had their personal information stolen as a result of the data theft. Names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers were compromised alongside criminal records and license plate numbers of those in the database -- and the network intrusion was in response to "recent racist legislation in an attempt to punish immigrants as criminals."

Earlier in the month, Anonymous admitted to spying on a secret phone conference between the FBI and the Scotland Yard. The group also attacked UFC President Dana White, a major figure head for the No. 1 mixed martial arts program, for White's support of SOPA and PIPA.

Unfortunately, some of the sensitive information released by Anonymous was of a Las Vegas, Nevada, woman unrelated to White -- and her phone number and personal address was released, with harassing and threatening messages continuing for days.

However, the official Twitter account for Anonymous, @YourAnonNews, relayed a message indicating that some attacks reportedly committed by Anonymous may not have been carried out by the group.

The actions of Anonymous have been supported by some, but others have called them vigilantes hurting Internet users. As the hacker group operates from a growing list of presumed enemies, authorities have largely been unable to hinder those responsible.

Sometimes legal action has been threatened, but actual court enforcement would likely prove to be difficult against such a scattered group.  Instead of showing public disgust, the Boston Police Department sidestepped explanation as to why they were attacked by Antisec.  Instead, the BPD PR team decided to post a tongue-in-cheek video on the Internet discussing the heartbreak felt because the site was hacked.

Sources: BBC, RT, MyCE

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Protecting the innocent
By FITCamaro on 2/13/2012 8:04:37 AM , Rating: 4
By stealing the information of the innocent and giving it to those who would do them harm via identity theft.

There is nothing good about this group.

RE: Protecting the innocent
By Sazabi19 on 2/13/2012 10:38:05 AM , Rating: 2
I support some of the actions of the group as a whole. It only takes 1 or 2 idiots who think something is funny to ruin the image of them. Stealing people's info I'm not for, also publishing personal info that could get innocent people hurt. At the very least they are helping to expose our gaping hole in what our govt used to think was a safe and secure system. These are just people protesting, think of what other info has been attained by people we REALLY don't want to have it, more secure and sensetive data. These guys have brought to light a lot of corruption and have actually done some good. I won't defend their idiot moves but when you have no leader and no repercussions for your actions I think they are being fairly mellow for what they COULD do. In a backwards way they are helping sort of, intentionally or not.

RE: Protecting the innocent
By KFZ on 2/13/2012 1:06:13 PM , Rating: 2
Seems like a backwards way to defend a headless group of petty sociopaths that couldn't walk an old lady across the street without lying tire spikes out to stop the traffic.

RE: Protecting the innocent
By The Raven on 2/13/2012 1:11:45 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah people are quick to write off such people, but when <insert name here> gets beat like Rodney King by the cops, you don't hear people saying, "Police are evil, let's do away with them!"

They rightfully say that there is something wrong with the particular policemen and/or department, etc. And it should also be pointed out that there was also something wrong with Rodney.

Having said that, some of these people are truly frustrated with various organizations around the world and feel that in order to make a dent in the armor of ignorance that the populace is clad in, they have to go to extremes. Not to bring the Nazis in to the conversation to early but... if they were doing this stuff to the SS back in the day, would everyone still protest such tactics? I am not comparing anyone to the Nazis really, I am just talking about the tactics and motivation.

As Kurz said somewhere else here, not all laws are just, and so I find it a bit comforting that we have such methods to protest when the policy steering majority just wants to tune out. Makes you want to check yourself before you blindly do what your boss tells you, doesn't it? Especially if you are someone who has been entrusted with power to temporarily (or sometimes permanently) take away the natural rights of another such as law enforcement/military/gov't.

And I am pro-law enforcement/gov't. I just also know that the police/military personnel are not perfect and that we have to be extremely careful about such business. As opposed to a guy with a hotdog cart.

Looking back at assassinations throughout history (and this is in NO WAY an endorsement for assassinations), it is due to fear that one's rights would be stripped from them it seems. It is not because a dictator, president or what have you was sitting back letting others make decisions for themselves. Attempt to take some artificial control of someone and all of the sudden you are responsible for that and therefore become a meaningful target (as opposed to a target for a whackadoo who doesn't like your tie or is in love with Jodie Foster). As any person or organization gets bigger and bigger (i.e. more powerful) it becomes more often a target. Look at McD's, Walmart, Google, MPAA, etc.

RE: Protecting the innocent
By Darksurf on 2/13/2012 2:02:34 PM , Rating: 2
As said, people claim to be part of anonymous all the time.. doesn't mean that they are. #Lulzsec and #Antisec aren't #Anonymous. They are like "brothers to anonymous". Just because one does something the other doesn't agree with doesn't mean they don't support each other some how. Say your brother did something wrong you didn't agree with. Would you want to be blamed and persecuted? Does that mean you hate your brother and don't support him? Easy answer: No.

Unfortunately this makes thing confusing for many people and they are quick to misjudge.

It's anti-ACTA
By Touche on 2/13/2012 8:10:39 AM , Rating: 3
In addition, Croatian political candidates and other Eastern European authorities have been targeted for their support of anti-piracy and pro-government efforts.

They've been targeted (in Croatia) for their support of ACTA. This makes it sound like pro-piracy fight, as opposed to anti-ACTA.

By BZDTemp on 2/13/2012 9:11:42 AM , Rating: 2
Okay, not fair but it still made me laugh.

One may like Anonymous or not but at the very least the highlight how bad the security is in many places. It's not hard to imagine how those places may have been hacked by people that don't talk about it!

By schmizz on 2/13/2012 1:59:08 PM , Rating: 2
Tyler Knew, Turk 182

By toyotabedzrock on 2/13/2012 6:12:55 PM , Rating: 2
A DDOS is not sophisticated.

And they hit Grease very hard and took many sites down.

Check the Anonymous Grease FB page.

More criminals to go to prison
By Beenthere on 2/13/12, Rating: -1
RE: More criminals to go to prison
By Kurz on 2/13/2012 9:24:14 AM , Rating: 3
While I dont condone their actions this kind of resistance has been a long time coming. There are many laws in this society that are unfair to one group of people or another. That steal from one set of people to give to another.
You may not see this evil since you believe in our Democracy/Republic and we voluntary allow this... If you were to ask anyone directly if they could opt out of the system you and many other people would.

Just because they are laws doesn't mean that they are lawful. (Note I am not refering to Anon's hacking activities)

RE: More criminals to go to prison
By FITCamaro on 2/13/2012 9:48:24 AM , Rating: 3
Last I checked they aren't protesting wealth redistribution. They're largely protesting getting in trouble for stealing the works of others. Are many content makers innocent? No. But one immoral act/crime doesn't beget the immoral/criminal acts of another.

RE: More criminals to go to prison
By Kurz on 2/13/2012 1:32:54 PM , Rating: 2
I'll post back with some links later. Though yes they are self interested for the most part. They wish to keep the internet free and unregulated.

Well to give an example we rebeled against the British Government, we fought violence with violence. Was this the right thing to do?

A group corporation/government agency were punished for some percieved wrong doing and they leaked personal information. I haven't heard of any fraud using this data, its more like taunt and threat to whoever they are fighting against. Honestly though its more like Anon looking to bring media coverage to the issue at hand.

RE: More criminals to go to prison
By Schrag4 on 2/13/12, Rating: 0
RE: More criminals to go to prison
By Kurz on 2/13/2012 1:16:44 PM , Rating: 2
I am no where close to being a top earner. I am one of those 47% of people who don't pay any taxes. Though I find it morally wrong and economically wrong for the government to engage in Class warfare to garner votes. A flat income Tax or a flat Sales tax (No subsidies, nor deductions).

Anon is all over the place. I wish I could rewatch some of their video's and visit some sites (At work atm). I'll post back with some links.

RE: More criminals to go to prison
By Sazabi19 on 2/13/2012 10:41:53 AM , Rating: 3
Like reverse discrimination? I had a buddy who tried to get onto a law enforcement agency in the area and they turned him down saying they were looking for minorities. They were turning down all white males that CAME UP TO THE ACADAMEY to apply. Instead they were sending out applications to "minorities" and women asking them to pretty please send it back filled out and they could probably get a job. That is thanks to our wonderful dumbass mayor. My father also didn't get a job he wanted because they didn't meet the black quota they wanted. If you ever heard the same thing said about whites it would be racist.

RE: More criminals to go to prison
By Kurz on 2/13/2012 1:05:26 PM , Rating: 2
Not surprised, my bank was warned by the CRA (Community Reinvestment Act) to increase our White customer numbers. We opperate in a minority town of Koreans and Latinos. Hard to bring in anything but those groups.

RE: More criminals to go to prison
By Beenthere on 2/13/2012 1:30:26 PM , Rating: 2
For those who don't know... hacking is a crime - no matter what you reasoning is for hacking. That's why hackers go to prison.

If you believe the laws of society are unjust then there is a legal process to work toward changing them. Hacking is NOT a legal nor effective means to change law.

RE: More criminals to go to prison
By Etsp on 2/13/2012 1:45:42 PM , Rating: 2
If you believe the laws of society are unjust then there is a legal process to work toward changing them. Hacking is NOT a legal nor effective means to change law.

In regards to hacking in particular, I agree; however, sometimes legal means of changing unjust laws are simply not enough.
One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

I would like to note that I certainly do not believe these hackers are even CLOSE to being like the Civil Rights Movement. The laws they are breaking are not the laws they are protesting against.

However, unjust laws must be fought, through legal means and peaceful (but not always lawful) protest.

RE: More criminals to go to prison
By Sazabi19 on 2/13/2012 1:49:09 PM , Rating: 2
Seems effective at getting attention. Most people are lazy now and just take whatever comes at them and roll over. People can't ask for change in a civilized manner and expect anything it SEEMS like. The Tea Partiers are made out to be crazies and fanatics by new media, the Wallstreet people are just an embarrasment, and Anon is actually getting attention. The govt is getting too large and will soon start to shut down protests about the govt I fear. I really don't like where our country is heading. I vote when I can for what I can to make a difference. I have an account on the website to try to help push against bills I don't like, but there is only so much someone can do in a corrupt environment. Lobyists and money talk, not the majority, and not the people. Look up ACTA sometime, just another prime example. Information is going to become the enemy here, just as it is in other countries.

By telescopic on 2/13/2012 5:18:07 PM , Rating: 2
Senator Hatch from Utah thinks the Government should start blowing up Computers without due process:

RE: More criminals to go to prison
By Invane on 2/14/2012 12:27:23 PM , Rating: 2
Civil disobedience has historically been a common way of protesting unfair law and policy with roots all the way back to our own country's founding and the Boston Tea Party (and further back in others, of course...we certainly didn't invent it).

What happens at the point you DO have a corrupt system and trying to protest the system is in itself unlawful? Sure, there is some 'lawful' means to change the law. But it's not going to happen. Much like the 'legally binding arbitration' clause in many modern day EULA agreements, the deck is stacked for the people in power. If this is the case, you can bet that attempting to use that system to achieve any real change is going to be an exercise in futility.

Saying that something is a crime no matter what your reasoning is a pretty close minded viewpoint. There is a difference between illegal and immoral. There is a point that the law is oppressive and unjust. Saying that anyone who commits a crime needs to go to prison has become an ignorant statement in my opinion. This gentleman estimates the average person commits three felonies per day:
This means YOU are likely a criminal, no matter your reasoning or ignorance of the circumstances. It's just a matter of whether they want to put you in jail.'re not making waves, so they probably won't use their stick on you.

As far as hacking being ineffective towards changing law, the 'hacking' you are downplaying has been very successful in bringing global attention to the issues that the hackers are rebelling against. This in itself is success to some degree.

This is not a black and white issue except to two groups of people: those who benefit from the status quo; and those who believe what the ruling party feeds them through the media. Which are you?

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