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Anonymous hackers could be Islamic State's online nemesis

Anonymous hackers could be Islamic State's online nemesis | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Anonymous strives to bring down IS propaganda before it reaches the masses.
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Anonymous has been prosecuted for cyber attacks in many countries under cybercrime laws, as their activities are not seen as legitimate protest. It is worth mentioning the ethical debate around hacktivism, as some see cyber attacks that take down accounts or websites as infringing on others’ freedom of expression, while others argue that hacktivismshould instead create technologies to circumvent censorship, enable digital equality and open access to information.

In striving to tackle networks such as IS, Anonymous takes the position that it is fighting against those who coordinate or commit crimes against humanity (“We will unite humanity” the Anonymous video following the Paris attacks promises viewers). Its ideology therefore seeks to be inclusive and reflect a common humanity, which embraces open, fluid identities that are not restricted to nationality, religion or ethnicity.

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Hackers call US government's latest cybersecurity efforts 'a train wreck'

Hackers call US government's latest cybersecurity efforts 'a train wreck' | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
As Congress gears up to debate Cispa again, Anonymous threatens to shut down stream of Obama's state of the union
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Defending is, shall we say, not as easy as attacking...

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We Are Legion | The Story of the Hacktivists Official Website.

We Are Legion | The Story of the Hacktivists Official Website. | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
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"WE ARE LEGION: The Story of the Hacktivists, takes us inside the complex culture and history of Anonymous. The film explores early hacktivist groups like Cult of the Dead Cow and Electronic Disturbance Theater, and then moves to Anonymous’ own raucous and unruly beginnings on the website 4Chan.

Through interviews with current members – some recently returned from prison, others still awaiting trial – as well as writers, academics and major players in various “raids,” WE ARE LEGIONtraces the collective’s breathtaking evolution from merry pranksters to a full-blown, global movement, one armed with new weapons of civil disobedience for an online world."

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Hackers launch assault on Israeli government websites

Hackers launch assault on Israeli government websites | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

"Israeli officials count 44 million attacks on government sites since bombardment of Gaza began – but only one succeeds...

Cyber-attacks launched following the start of the Israeli offensive knocked some sites offline for a short period of time at the end of last week and resulted in others being defaced with pro-Palestinian messages.

Anonymous said on Saturday that it had taken down or erased the databases of nearly 700 Israeli private and public websites, including that of the Bank of Jerusalem finance house."

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George Hotz, Sony, and the Anonymous Hacker Wars

George Hotz, Sony, and the Anonymous Hacker Wars | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Martyrs win devotees, and soon Hotz had gained the allegiance of the most notorious hackers: a group called Anonymous...
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Anonymous claims victory over jihadi Twitter accounts in #OpIsis

Anonymous claims victory over jihadi Twitter accounts in #OpIsis | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Hacker collective says it has taken control of almost 100 Isis-affiliated accounts and warns of more to come
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In the video put up by the group to report its success, a masked speaker, talking in the computer-generated speech Anonymous uses, says: “The terrorists that are calling themselves Islamic State (Isis) are not Muslims. Isis, we will hunt you, take down your sites, accounts, emails and expose you. From now on no safe place for you online. You will be treated like a virus and we are the cure. We own the internet.”

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Federal Reserve hacked

Federal Reserve hacked | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
US central bank confirms intrusion after hacktivist group Anonymous was claimed to have stolen 4,000 bankers' details
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Prosecution of Anonymous activists highlights war for Internet control

Prosecution of Anonymous activists highlights war for Internet control | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Glenn Greenwald: The US and allied governments exploit both law and cyber-attacks as a weapon to punish groups that challenge it
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"The issue here is not whether Anonymous activists can be rightfully prosecuted: acts of civil disobedience, by definition, are violations of the law designed to protest or create a cost for injustices. The issue is how selectively these cyber-attack laws are enforced: massive cyber-attacks aimed at a group critical of US policy (WikiLeaks) were either perpetrated by the US government or retroactively sanctioned by it, while relatively trivial, largely symbolic attacks in defense of the group were punished with the harshest possible application of law enforcement resources and threats of criminal punishment.

That the US government largely succeeded in using extra-legal and extra-judicial means to cripple an adverse journalistic outlet is a truly consequential episode: nobody, regardless of one's views on WikiLeaks, should want any government to have that power. But the manifestly overzealous prosecutions of Anonymous activists, in stark contrast to the (at best) indifference to the attacks on WikiLeaks, makes all of that even worse. In line with itsunprecedented persecution of whistleblowers generally, this is yet another case of the US government exploiting the force of law to entrench its own power and shield its actions from scrutiny."

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Carnival of the Obscene: Investigators Pursue the Internet Activists of Anonymous - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Carnival of the Obscene: Investigators Pursue the Internet Activists of Anonymous - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Now that the WikiLeaks wave has subsided, the fight for Internet freedom is entering a new phase.
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Scared of Anonymous? NSA chief says you should be

Scared of Anonymous? NSA chief says you should be | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
The director of the National Security Agency says the hacktivist group is growing more powerful and could eventually attack our power grid. So beware. Read this blog post by Don Reisinger on The Digital Home.

"Anonymous has made no indication that it plans to attack the power grid. And its hacks, while decried by government officials, are celebrated by others who say the group is acting on the average citizen's behalf."

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