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Meet the McGill professor who got inside Anonymous | Toronto Star

Meet the McGill professor who got inside Anonymous | Toronto Star | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Gabriella Coleman "lived" online, documenting codes and customs of the infamous hacktivist collective. Eventually, she became their chief interpreter.


...For a bleary Coleman, either way meant a maelstrom. As the world’s foremost — and pretty much only — scholar on Anonymous, she has become the lightning rod that attracts the world’s crackling media whenever Anonymous does something newsworthy, which is often.

Coleman is an anthropologist. Had she been a different kind of scholar, her experience might have been different. But just as traditional anthropologists might live amid a village or tribe to observe their customs,


Coleman spent years “living” online, logging long days and sleepless nights in a quest to understand the language, culture and ethical codes of a notoriously amorphous group. As Anonymous evolved from pranksters to political “hacktivists,” taking on targets from the Church of Scientology to African autocrats, she was one of a tiny few watching courtside.


That perspective has put Coleman in demand, and informs her soon-to-be-published book, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous . But it has also pitched her into sticky ethical positions, and often left her exhausted, paranoid, and, after the FBI zeroed in on Anonymous, potentially a target....


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Fascinating story and look inside Anonymous. Recommended reading 9/10

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Anonymous threatens Fox News Web site over Occupy coverage

Anonymous threatens Fox News Web site over Occupy coverage | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Hacker group says in a new video it will take down the network's Web site on November 5 for what it calls biased coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests.

 

The group said it is targeting the network for what it called biased news coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests occurring in cities across the country.

 

The network's "continued right-wing, conservative propaganda against the occupations" is the group's catalyst for its intention of "destroying the Fox News Web site," a digitally generated voice on the video explains. "Since they will not stop belittling the occupiers, we will simply shut them down."...

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Anonymous Hacktivists Choose Targets of Opportunity

Anonymous Hacktivists Choose Targets of Opportunity | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Hacktivism, as practiced under the name Anonymous, is about public relations opportunism and any organisation could become a target if a political rationale can be retro-fitted to the attack, according to a leading web security researcher.

 

"In hacktivism it's all about the PR impact," Tal Be'ery, web security research team leader at Imperva's Application Defense Center (ADC), told CSO Online. "It doesn't matter to the press whether a really significant site was taken down, DDoSed or whatever. It's all about being successful, no matter what."

 

From a PR point of view, the specifics of how the hacktivist affects the target don't matter. Whatever happens, the hack will generate media coverage for the cause....

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More Secure, Anonymous “Twitter Alternative” Being Used By Protesters

More Secure, Anonymous “Twitter Alternative” Being Used By Protesters | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
More Secure, Anonymous “Twitter Alternative” Being Used By Protesters...

 

There’s a new social network on the block that touts itself as being more secure, private, and anonymous than Twitter – something that the protesters at #OccupyWallstreet are embracing with open arms.

 

While Twitter has been highlighted in the media as a tool of revolutions and protests in recent months, its position might just be usurped by Vibe.

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