Anonymous:Freedom Fighters or Cyber-Terrorists?
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Anonymous: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Information of what I recovered about the "group" Anonymous. Show casing their good and bad moments and trying to understand who they really are. Are Anonymous true freedom fighters or cyber-terrorists?

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Anonymous is a network of hacktivists that come together through the internet and wreak havoc on particular victims for the "Lulz". Anonymous  believes they are "freedom fighters" and not "cyber-terrorists", also they have had some good and bad predicaments in terms of activism and hacktivism. 

The group/gathering/movement of Anonymous was formed in 2003 on the imageboard site 4chan. They arose in the /b/ board which allows users to post anonymously about anything. At first, Anonymous was in it for the lulz which means laughing out loud at someone else's pain. Targeting unsuspecting victims to make a mockery of them out of laughs. Over time, Anonymous began to fight for what they believe using crowdsourcing with other anonymous users. That being said, Anonymous isn't a political party of one believe, they have many and no specific leader. Anonymous' motto is "We are Anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us." They are a decentralized community of hackers coming together to do what they believe is right. 

Before researching Anonymous to this full extent, I thought they have done more bad than good. That is not the case, depending on who you are; Anonymous wants full extension of freedom of speech and they don't want any secrets being kept away from the public. In fact in 2012, Times Magazine put Anonymous as one of the 100 more influential people. When I first heard about Anonymous, it was when Scientology was the big headline. Anonymous didn't like how ridiculous this group was, therefore, they trolled them and made attack after attack. Anonymous is portrayed as the villains because they are hackers, and a lot of the time they hack for good. 

Some notable activism Anonymous too part in were the Occupy Wall Street, they were the ones camping out in tents and making sure all was civil with the police and protestors. One instance in the Occupy Movement, an officer fired at an ex-soldier protesting and Anonymous attacked the officer that fired the shot and leaked out his address and family member names online. They also took part in the Arab Spring movement, hacking official government sites and spreading the word about how countries need freedom. Anonymous also launched attacks toward the US Department of Justice who shut down Megaupload, a file sharing site that was being used to download copyrighted material, but it was stated only some were using it for that, others were sharing and spreading work. Anonymous attacked the Westboro Baptist Church for hating gays and creating the GodHatesFags website, then picking funerals for the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims protesting gays. This lead Anonymous to share their address and names of those protesting still providing the lulz.

Anonymous however does attack politicians if they don't agree with what they are saying. Anonymous is all about freedom of speech, but they attack politicians (who mostly deserve it, but not to that extent) who express their right of freedom of speech. At one point, Anonymous hacked into government sites to steal money then gave that stolen money to charity. Keeping close to the lulz, Anonymous attacks kids like Jessi Slaughter,  a 11 year old who tried to act older and act tough. This led to cyber attacks with her family and herself, prank calls, death threats, and call-girls coming to the door. Another incident, involving two brothers torturing their cat while parents weren't home and filming it. Anonymous got a hold of the video, tracked them down, and attacked the Glenn Brothers just like Jessi Slaughter. Everyone deserves a little wake up call, but with the child incidents Anonymous just goes too far.

Before researching Anonymous, even researching a quarter way through, I thought Anonymous did more bad than good. As it turns out (depending how you look at it) Anonymous does more good, but it a more strict harsher way that follow the lulz.  Anonymous fights for the right to free doing, if one keeps secrets, Anonymous will backlash them to get information out. Anonymous wants the truth; it's a bunch of anonymous hackers trying to do good while keeping that hacking motive. Anonymous enjoys making people miserable, but also leaking the truth. Anonymous does not want censorship they want freedom, and that is what these hackers will stop at nothing until that is achieved. 

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Anonymous 'brandjacks' Westboro Baptist Church on Facebook - NBC News.com

Anonymous 'brandjacks' Westboro Baptist Church on Facebook - NBC News.com | Anonymous:Freedom Fighters or Cyber-Terrorists? | Scoop.it
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A report on Anonymous attacking a Church because of their stated believes. Goes into legal statements about the situation explaining what Anonymous did was satire and therefore fair use protected.

 
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Will Anonymous’ involvement in Rehtaeh Parsons case do more harm than good?

Will Anonymous’ involvement in Rehtaeh Parsons case do more harm than good? | Anonymous:Freedom Fighters or Cyber-Terrorists? | Scoop.it
What we want is justice. That is the message that global hacktivist group Anonymous is sending to the RCMP and Nova Scotia’s government after 17-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons committed suicide, after years of torment stemming from an alleged sexual...
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Explains how Anonymous can do more harm than good on certain cases like the one explained in the article. It shows how some courts don't want Anonymous to get involved in some cases.

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   TheManufactured Realities:  The Truth About The Arab Spring, Occupy Movement And Anonymous      : Information Clearing House

   TheManufactured Realities:  The Truth About The Arab Spring, Occupy Movement And Anonymous      : Information Clearing House | Anonymous:Freedom Fighters or Cyber-Terrorists? | Scoop.it
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Goes into detail about how Anonymous was connected with the Occupy Movement and the Arab Spring. Explains what Anonymous did during those two events also gives a backstory of what has happened during the events.

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Anonymous 101: Introduction to the Lulz | Threat Level | Wired.com

Anonymous 101: Introduction to the Lulz | Threat Level | Wired.com | Anonymous:Freedom Fighters or Cyber-Terrorists? | Scoop.it
(Editor's Note: Any decent coverage of Anonymous is going to verge on some NSFW material at points. There will be questionable language and strange imagery
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Gives a good brief simple introduction to who and what Anonymous is. Gives a good amount of detail of what they do and what they fight for.

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Anonymous Twitter Account Hacked By Rival Group

Anonymous Twitter Account Hacked By Rival Group | Anonymous:Freedom Fighters or Cyber-Terrorists? | Scoop.it
Your Anon News, a subset of the hactivist collective Anonymous, had its Twitter account hacked early Friday morning by a rival group of hackers.
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States Anonymous isn't always feared by everyone. Shows Anonymous isn't the only hackers that can do harm.

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Hacktivism: how worried should organisations be?

Hacktivism: how worried should organisations be? | Anonymous:Freedom Fighters or Cyber-Terrorists? | Scoop.it
Online attacks are decreasing, but organisations still need to apply controls to safeguard their security
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Gives an inner working of how Anonymous works and operates. Gives a somewhat negative view on Anonymous, suggesting they are ruining society.

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nformative document about how hacktivism is viewed through the law. Also explains what goes on during and after hacktivism is in progress.

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How Did the Hacker Group Anonymous Develop Such a Strong Visual Brand?

How Did the Hacker Group Anonymous Develop Such a Strong Visual Brand? | Anonymous:Freedom Fighters or Cyber-Terrorists? | Scoop.it
The loosely affiliated and ever-changing band of individuals who call themselves Anonymous have been variously described as hackers, hacktivists, free-expression zealots, Internet troublemakers, and assorted combinations thereof.
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Gives a backstory on Anonymous' start especially origin of the mask. Goes on to say how Anonymous uses their powers.

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Troubled teen and YouTube star asks the Internet for forgiveness

Troubled teen and YouTube star asks the Internet for forgiveness | Anonymous:Freedom Fighters or Cyber-Terrorists? | Scoop.it
Infamous Internet pre-teen star Jessi Slaughter makes an apology video. Did the Internet damn her or save her?
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This individual is an example of how not to taunt Anonymous and 4chan. Gives an outlook of what individual Anonymous attacks can do to a person.

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KENNY CHRISTOPHER GLENN - CAT ABUSER, Lawton, Oklahoma)

KENNY CHRISTOPHER GLENN - CAT ABUSER, Lawton, Oklahoma) | Anonymous:Freedom Fighters or Cyber-Terrorists? | Scoop.it
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More of a tribute site to a tortured cat that was abused. Goes into explaining how Anonymous caught those torturing the cat and what we as people can do to help this from not happening again.

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Is Anonymous a force for good?

Is Anonymous a force for good? | Anonymous:Freedom Fighters or Cyber-Terrorists? | Scoop.it
Tell people what you really think! Express your views as to whether Anonymous is a force for good.
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A brief debate on whether Anonymous is a force of good or not. Each side gives a good argument if Anonymous is good or bad.

 
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Anonymous Is Getting Serious About The News Business

Anonymous Is Getting Serious About The News Business | Anonymous:Freedom Fighters or Cyber-Terrorists? | Scoop.it
After a hugely successful fundraising campaign on Indiegogo, Your Anon News, an arm of hacktivist group Anonymous dedicated to sharing news on social media, is nearly ready to launch its own full-fledged news website.
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States that anything Anonymous now has a news site to keep up to date with Anonymous plans. 

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Anonymous launches campaign to close Gitmo for good

Anonymous launches campaign to close Gitmo for good | Anonymous:Freedom Fighters or Cyber-Terrorists? | Scoop.it
"My dude, #OpGTMO is going to be bigger than OpIsrael."
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Anonymous attempting to close Gitmo for their wrong doing. Trolling employees at Gitmo and more to make government lash out.

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What Is a 'Hacktivist'?

What Is a 'Hacktivist'? | Anonymous:Freedom Fighters or Cyber-Terrorists? | Scoop.it
The death of Aaron Swartz is sure to heat up the ‘lexical warfare’ over the meaning of the word ‘hacktivism.’
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Gives examples of hacktivism and what potential hacktivists can do. Also goes into detail on what backtests mean and what takes place.

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