I recently spoke to a intelligence professor at a local university in the San Francisco Bay Area, who wants to be unnamed because of possible harassment from the cult, about the DDoS attacks against Scientology and their illegality. The professor laughed at the issue at hand where a young teenager in New Jersey is being charged for maximum penalties. DDoS wasn't a big deal at all. Nothing was defaced, nothing was destroyed, and the site was restored eventually. He laughed harder when I asked about the "cyber terrorist" label which Scientology likes to throw around. He stated that "Unless someone attacks a government website to steal information or cause harm to the government or citizens, there's no way [Anonymous] are terrorists. In fact, he said "we know about real terrorists, you're definitely not." In fact, the DDoS is considered a "cyber sit-in" by some national security experts, akin to peaceful acts of civil disobedience. Which are reminiscent of the 1960's in the Civil Rights movement. Sit-Ins in restaurants that didn't serve African-Americans throughout the south were the main highlight of civil rights. Standing up for freedom which Anonymous is carrying out.
The take for Scientology is to call people who are against it, terrorists in any form or fashion. Scientologists called filmmaker Mark Bunker a terrorist when he was just posting films all over the internet about the organization. Paulette Cooper, who was nearly driven nuts by the cult nearly 25 years ago, was falsely arrested by the FBI because she was getting to the truth of the matter. Scientology tries their damnedest to discredit people because they don't want the truth to come out. This is what scientology is trying to do to Anonymous. Paint them as the worst thing possible: Hitlers using Godwin's Law (their continuously failed argument used for religiosity), and Osama bin Laden (failed argument against Constitutionalism and America).
The DDoS retaliation caused immediate media attention on the subject of Scientology. For nearly a couple of years after the South Park episode, the topic remained dormant. Scientology claims that it lost 70,000 dollars during 4 days offline. That comes to mind, are they a business selling whatever "Road to Freedom" or are they religion as they claim to be. You cannot be a religion and a for profit business at the same time, it would be a scam, which is illegal. Most religions and congregations wouldn't keep track of finances until Tax Season which is during February - April 15th. Alexa, an online traffic searching tool, can search the website affected from the previous day to a period of 5 years. That site can be used to search for online traffic before and after the event and to compare the amount of money they claimed to lose or gain. All the hacker did was to cause Scientology to lose face.
To describe Anonymous in a nutshell: Anonymous is actually a freedom fighting machine that uses dark humor.
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We are Anonymous. A group that exposes the evils of the cult of scientology. We protest around the globe highlighting Scientology's Illegal activities.