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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 PDFCast.org, 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:
We Are TURKIYE. We Are AKINCILAR.

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 jamesjwb on 7/22/2011 5:19:44 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
These hacker groups are the grey goop of society that are trying to change how the world should think in their own views.


Maybe, but this insinuates we aren't already in that situation. We don't really live in a free society when an enormous chunk of the worlds mainstream media is owned by a few massive transnationals that own corporations in so many conflicting fields it's almost a crime (in my own personal view, that is).

Stop pretending you live in a free-thinking land, and let's also realize these hackers have zero power to do anything really, except get some headlines and steal some info. The others who behave exactly the same as your quote can do enormous, horrendous harm and do so on a daily basis.

I know which one concerns me more. I'm not saying the hackers deserve no attention, they do. But if we are talking solely about a group who are "trying to change how the world should think in their own views", there are far more serious foes to worry about.


RE: Coming soon, to the internets near you!
By Reclaimer77 on 7/22/11, Rating: -1
By guffwd13 on 7/22/2011 1:36:49 PM , Rating: 2
Fundamentally I might agree with parts of this.

However, I would say still today that many people, while they have access to many viewpoints of any given issue, don't receive their credible news from the "internets" but from online versions of those newspapers you say have gone extinct. They haven't died and they aren't dying. They simply no longer exist in print form.


By tecknurd on 7/22/2011 8:28:43 PM , Rating: 2
I do live in a free thinking land which is named USA. I understand in other parts of the world does not have this. Free thinkers that have morals and understands ethics can do good things. The world will be different with out free thinkers such as inventors, entrepreneurs, scientist, and explorers. I do think you take everything for granted that free thinkers have done. Yes there are free thinkers that have done bad things, but it is something to learn what is bad. I just stating a warning like the same thing that Nostradamus. People thought the warnings from Nostradamus were crying wolf, but the events did happen.

Since everything is now in a computer and it is connected everywhere, it is possible the hackers can change the world to their desire.

My country tries to warn countries to keep the Internet open, but some countries will shut up their people because it goes against the laws in the country. I try to go to America made news casters or go outside to something like BBC.

Hackers does not deserve any attention. They are jerks or another word bullies. They are not doing good for me. They are doing a lot of harm. Sure these are not the only groups that I fear. I fear countries like North Korea. They are worst than Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan combine.


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