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Anonymous/AntiSec have carried out a major hack on NATO, spilling confidential documents, including -- ironically -- one about security.  (Source: Reuters)

A group calling themselves Ottoman Turkish "raiders" has defaced a holding page for the new Anon+ social network. Presumably the cyber-vandals were irritated by Anonymous's recent attacks on the Turkish government.  (Source: Dennis Malone Carter)

Anonymous decided to found the social network after one of their press accounts was kicked off of Google's new Google+ social network. The new network will be a secure, encrypted, P2P-based social network.  (Source: Your Anon News)
No one is safe in today's era of open hacking warfare

Anonymous-offshoot LulzSec may have received the lion's share of recent attention [1][2][3][4][5][6][7] [8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15], but Anonymous itself has been quite active over the last year as well, inciting opposition to Middle Eastern dictatorships, disgracing government contractor HBGary, and battling Sony Corp. (TYO:6758).

Most recently Anonymous has joined with LulzSec's key players in an ambitious campaign of populist cyberwarfare dubbed "AntiSec", that targets governments, government contractors, and businesses internationally that the hackers feel are corrupt.  In recent weeks U.S. government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp. (BAH) and agriculture giant Monsanto Comp. (MON) have been targets of AntiSec [1].

I.  NATO Hacked by AntiSec

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was already hacked by LulzSec in a minor breach of an e-reader system.  However, an Anonymous-affiliate Twitter feed, AnonymousIRC, claims to have gained access to a much larger treasure trove of NATO secrets.

The feed comments:
We are sitting on about one Gigabyte of data from NATO now, most of which we cannot publish as it would be irresponsible. But Oh NATO....

Hi NATO. Yes we haz more of your delicious data. You wonder where from? No hints, your turn. You call it war; we laugh at your battleships.
Initially, a pair of documents were published.  The first was named "CIS Support for New HQ ISAF Joint CIS Control Centre", while the second was named "Outsourcing of Balkans CIS Support".   Both were posted to and quickly yanked from, with the site citing usage violations.  The former was published on Scribd, while the latter was republished on another PDF hosting site here [PDF].  Later another document was published [PDF] -- ironically entitled "Security Within the NATO".

NATO in a statement commented, "NATO is aware that a hackers group has released what it claims to be NATO classified documents on the internet. NATO security experts are investigating these claims. We strongly condemn any leak of classified documents, which can potentially endanger the security of NATO Allies, armed forces and citizens."

Anonymous fired back on Twitter:
"NATO strongly condemns any leak of classified documents, which can potentially endanger the security of.." RLY. Guess what we did NOT leak?
The attacks come shortly after the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations arrested 14 alleged members of Anonymous.  The arrests likely will not affect Anonymous's operations significantly, as the entity is a group without a leader, with numerous organizers and thousands of members.  It's also possible that the FBI was duped into arresting enemies of Anonymous, as appeared to be the case in the recent arrest of ex-Anonymous hacker Robert Cavenaugh, who had a bitter falling out with the group.  In Mr. Cavenaugh's case the FBI was led to believe he was part of LulzSec, a suggestion LulzSec greeted with derision.

II. Anonymous "Hacked"?

Anonymous was recently given the boot unceremoniously off of Google Inc.'s (
GOOG) social network Google+.

Anonymous responded by creating a new social network dubbed "AnonPlus", which it describes stating, "[AnonPlus is a] social network where there is no fear...of censorship...of blackout...nor of holding back."

The site -- which in is current, undeveloped form is essentially just a message board -- launched a couple days ago, but has gone offline following it being defaced, with the message:

This logo suits you more..How dare you rise against to the World..Do you really think that you are Ottoman Empire?
We thought you before that you cannot challenge with the world and we teach you cannot be social
Now all of you go to your doghouse..
The attacks appear, ostensibly, to be the work of Turkish nationalists or government officials, who were upset about Anonymous's recent efforts to attack the government of their country.  While AnonPlus isn't really an official Anonymous site and is intended for non-hackers as well, it appears to have been a low-lying fruit that "TURKIYE"/"AKINCILAR" (the latter being a Turkish term for "raider") could vent their rage upon.

Anonymous was remarkably quiet about the "hack"/defacement, uncharacteristically failing to type nary a "u mad bro?"

A full description of the intentions for Anon+ is available here.  To give a taste, the author states:
Anon+ will be a social network system based on peer to peer (p2p) connectivity using encrypted torrents as the means to hold profile data. There will be a central web site from which you can download the software, and it will also host the system's secure databases (which keeps track of who is friends with whom and other back office stuff).
So in other words, whatever the attackers managed to deface, was only a holding place for the eventual planned rebellious social network.

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RE: Coming soon, to the internets near you!
By gevorg on 7/21/2011 8:19:03 PM , Rating: 5
The store clerk taped the raping for the lulz!

A better analogy:
Terrorists take down a couple of buildings and the whole nation gets their freedom handicapped by Patriot Act. A decade passes, and the act is renewed + groping at airports is added. The only difference between Anonymous and terrorists is that Anonymous do not kill, but both cause governments to handicap your freedom and liberties.

RE: Coming soon, to the internets near you!
By someguy123 on 7/21/2011 8:49:24 PM , Rating: 5
The people are the ones that allow this abuse to occur. Too many people use the excuse that one man can't achieve anything over his government, even though the government was made for the public to begin with. You've got to start somewhere, and if it's alone outside of a government building with a sign, so be it.

RE: Coming soon, to the internets near you!
By jamesjwb on 7/22/2011 5:01:00 AM , Rating: 5
Very surprised this got rated down. Was it too optimistic for Dailytech readers to suggest WE can actually achieve things?

It's completely true. An informed population could stop things like this from happening, and not just from the government. The problem is, you've got ignorant drones who watch TV and think Fox news is true (or any mainstream news for that matter). Then you've got people on the right that think they've got it all figured out - it's the government, democrats and taxes, and we need more guns, loads more guns! Then you've got people on the left who think everything that's wrong with the world is because of the right.

All of these folks need to start again from a non-biased, open-minded position and check out some facts, then we might get somewhere.

By bigdawg1988 on 7/22/2011 10:50:56 AM , Rating: 2
How high and mighty we are this morning. People are entitled to do or think whatever they want, no matter how "ignorant" it may seem to others. Some people really don't care and they also don't want to be bothered getting educated about the intricate details of government.
Also, the anti-sec/lulzsec people are going about it all wrong. What is their agenda? What kind of anti-corruption are they working at stopping? Do they have a manifesto or something? Just sounds like a bunch of anarchists with too much time on their hands. If they want to change other people's opinions and get more people on board they need to do a better job of communicating whatever it is they are trying to achieve. You really think defacing some sites is going to stop corruption? That's dumber than communism.

RE: Coming soon, to the internets near you!
By JackNSally on 7/22/2011 2:09:40 PM , Rating: 5
Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.- Benjamin Franklin

By Phoque on 7/22/2011 9:59:35 PM , Rating: 5
As is, it looks to me as an incredibly stupid statement. You can't have absolute freedom along best safety.

I think the following variant is a much wiser one, and hopefully truer to what he meant:

"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

Taken from:

By TSS on 7/22/2011 7:01:56 AM , Rating: 4
I'm sorry but no. What anonymous is doing might be wrong but it's not what causes the government to handicap freedom and liberties. Governments do that by default. It's the very definition of the word: Govern-ment. To govern is to control, and control (or to be controlled) is the opposite of freedom.

What causes the government to actually take liberties and freedoms rather then just wanting to is a docile population. From day one nobody has liked the patriot act, yet you voted the same idiot into office AGAIN, and it's very much looking like you'll vote that idiots party, which has gotten much more idiotic, into office AGAIN in 2012. And because hyperinflation is unavoidable by the elections after that you'll vote the party of the idiot that started trillion dollar deficits and sped hyperinflation up by 4-5 years back into power. Yknow the guy that opposed the huge deficits of his idiotic predecessor, then went on to double them for a decade to come?

Or that the national debt is really Taxation without Representation. Because it's spending future money, and future people do not have a say in today's spending. A person turning 18 today will have to share in paying back atleast $14,5 trillion worth of federal debt while he's had no oppertunity to have a say in the matter.

Where is the bloody revolt? This actually IS for the children. Don't tell me anything can be pushed through "for the children" but this can't.

On anonymous though, i don't think it's such a bad idea raising awareness on cyber security. They belong in jail, sure, but i'd rather have them go on a hacking spree then the chinese. Don't forget the real cyber wars are starting to gear up, and the US government is really slow to move, unless there's a threat.....

By tastyratz on 7/22/2011 11:48:27 AM , Rating: 2
Where is my +6 button on this, seriously.
That is absolutely the best analogy, and all this international government takedown crap is going to just result in the net having HEAVY oversight and a HEAVY government hand.
They are going to have a new "war on terror" instead it will be our rights on the internet.
Yes the governments of the world could collude to do this at any time, but something so public with such media coverage will result in pressure to do so or be more vigilant in their actions.

Sony was lulz, but this is getting out of hand.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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