Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 1 Share on Twitter 1 Share on LinkedIn Share on Reddit Tell A Friend Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites
OpEdNews Op Eds

Who Is "Anonymous"?

By       Message James Quandy     Permalink    (# of views)   1 comment

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; ; ; ; , Add Tags  (less...)
Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H4 7/16/15

Author 501593
- Advertisement -
Below is the full documentary "We Are Legion", the story of the "hacktivist" group known as "Anonymous". Below the video is a link to a lengthy piece in the "New Yorker" magazine, and below that is an excerpt from the Wikipedia article about them. I am certainly not advocating the group. I just think it is a fascinating phenomenon of which I had no prior knowledge... ("Time" magazine named them as one of the 100 most influential "people" in 2012).
- Advertisement -

For a detailed article on the group "Anonymous", which appeared in the September 8, 2014 issue of the "New Yorker" magazine, click here.
- Advertisement -
The introduction to the Wikipedia article (click here for entire article):

"Anonymous (used as a mass noun) is a loosely associated international network of activist and hacktivist entities. A website nominally associated with the group describes it as "an internet gathering" with "a very loose and decentralized command structure that operates on ideas rather than directives".[2] The group became known for a series of well-publicized publicity stunts and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on government, religious, and corporate websites.

Anonymous originated in 2003 on the imageboard 4chan, representing the concept of many online and offline community users simultaneously existing as an anarchic, digitized global brain.[3][4] Anonymous members (known as "Anons") can be distinguished in public by the wearing of stylised Guy Fawkes masks.[5]

In its early form, the concept was adopted by a decentralized online community acting anonymously in a coordinated manner, usually toward a loosely self-agreed goal, and primarily focused on entertainment, or "lulz". Beginning with 2008's Project Chanology--a series of protests, pranks, and hacks targeting the Church of Scientology--the Anonymous collective became increasingly associated with collaborative hacktivism on a number of issues internationally. Individuals claiming to align themselves with Anonymous undertook protests and other actions (including direct action) in retaliation against anti-digital piracy campaigns by motion-picture and recording-industry trade associations. Later targets of Anonymous hacktivism included government agencies of the US, Israel, Tunisia, Uganda, and others; child-pornography sites; copyright-protection agencies; the Westboro Baptist Church; and corporations such as PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, and Sony. Anons have publicly supported WikiLeaks and the Occupy movement. Related groups LulzSec and Operation AntiSec carried out cyberattacks on US government agencies, media, video-game companies, military contractors, military personnel, and police officers, resulting in the attention of law enforcement to the groups' activities. It has been described as being anti-Zionist, and has threatened to erase Israel from the Internet[6][dubious -- discuss] and engaged in the "#OpIsrael" cyber-attacks of Israeli websites on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) in 2013.[7][dubious -- discuss]

- Advertisement -

Dozens of people have been arrested for involvement in Anonymous cyberattacks, in countries including the US, UK, Australia, the Netherlands, Spain, and Turkey. Evaluations of the group's actions and effectiveness vary widely. Supporters have called the group "freedom fighters"[8] and digital Robin Hoods[9] while critics have described them as "a cyber lynch-mob"[10] or "cyber terrorists".[11] In 2012, Time called Anonymous one of the "100 most influential people" in the world.[12]"





(Article changed on July 16, 2015 at 14:49)

(Article changed on July 16, 2015 at 15:04)

(Article changed on July 16, 2015 at 15:24)

(Article changed on July 16, 2015 at 15:53)

(Article changed on July 16, 2015 at 18:12)

 

- Advertisement -

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

Former small business owner now retired.

James Quandy Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact EditorContact Editor
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Pope Francis Calls Right-Wing Christian Fundamentalism a Sickness

A Few Facts Regarding Religion and Scientists

Loving Bernie, But Getting Real

Noam Chomsky: "America is Not a Democracy (and Was Never Intended to Be)"

Amazing Bernie Sanders Interview With Rachel Maddow

Noam Chomsky: "Why You Can Not Have a Capitalist Democracy"