Anonymous – Turf Wars and Bad Language

Posted on September 1, 2011


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When PayPal froze Wikileaks’ account in December last year, Anonymous swore to uphold justice and did so in the form of DDoS attacks. They have always come across as Wikileaks supporters and so I was surprised to read that the recent attack on Wikileaks has (allegedly) been claimed by Anonymous. Since when was ‘personal vendetta’ the driving force of their ideal?

Members were conducting field tests of the tool dubbed RefRef against several websites including WikiLeaks, Pastebin and was hitting 4Chan at the time of writing.

Users of a Twitter account linked to the RefRef attacks and an AnonOps blog described themselves as hacktivist with “a personal vendetta against WikiLeaks” adding that “we are sorry we took you down. We are even.”,anonymous-attacked-wikileaks.aspx

Pastebin (often used by Anonymous to spread their messages) stated on Twitter that they do not want to see Anonymous’ RefRef software used/tested on them again.

I personally, think that this chop and change attitude could be to the detriment of the Anonymous ‘brand’. We’re all fed up with double standards from our politicians and I don’t really want to see this so quickly replicated by people who, supposedly, are working for the greater good. This stinks a bit like turf war to me – one minute you have two entities both working towards the same goal and saying they are the good guys, and soon you’ll end up with the Labour and Conservative parties all over again.

I was also sad to see a recent statement from the Sri Lankan ‘branch’ of Anonymous:

  2. Yo Facebook Assholes – If you want to run a Social Network – do it as it is as a real guys. Don’t try be smart asses. You are the most stupid and notorious fuckheads ever. The way you control and treat to your members are not acceptable under any circumstances.
  3. But we don’t care who you are and what you do. Do not BLOCK the people and do not CONTROL them. Where is your fucking FREEDOM or the SOCIALISM. Censorship = Freedom (Don’t try to change the meaning of the wordings). Let the people have their own freedom on the social networks. This is hack against your fuckhead censorship.

One used to be able to expect to expect a largely eloquent statement from Anonymous and now some parties seem to have dissolved into name calling and swearing. This is, of course, no reflection on the Anonymous ideal on the whole or the majority of its supporters, however I fear that this does show that most people cannot be trusted not to act like thugs or children when given the opportunity to do so – such is the world we are living in. Perhaps it’s about time that all of us, as individuals (as Anons even!) take a long hard look at ourselves and realise that life could be a whole lot better if we treated each other and spoke to each other in the manner that we ourselves would like to be treated and spoken to. Being a good person has its own rewards.

Anyway, in other Anon news:

The Sri Lankan branch of Anonymous claims to have hacked into the DNS servers of Symantec, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and several other large organizations over the past few days.

Posting the news and records of its exploits on Pastebin, the group is taking credit for launching “DNS Cache Snoop Poisoning” attacks against its victims.

DNS cache snooping is the process whereby hackers can query a DNS server to find out which domain names are being resolved into IP addresses.

DNS cache poisoning is a method through which hackers are able to insert malicious and fake records into the cache of DNS servers. As a result, the hackers can then spoof a response to a DNS query, forcing users to go to a phony Web site instead of the real one.

A motley group of hackers has claimed responsibility for some relatively innocuous privacy attacks on celebrities who might actually benefit from the exposure.

But until we learn otherwise, we will give Hollywood Leaks the benefit of the doubt and presume that they actually are an offshoot of the Anonymous ring, as they claim. (Hollywood Leaks uses the Anonymous tagline “WE DO NOT FORGIVE WE DO NOT FORGET EXPECT US” in its Twitter profile).

On Wednesday, leaked photos of “Dancing With the Stars” talent Julianne Hough began circulating on the Internet, and Hollywood Leaks quickly claimed responsibility for hacking into her cell phone to get them. The group explained its mission to Gawker earlier this week: “We’re simply here to facilitate the free flow of information from a place which was previously over looked, Hollywood,” an unidentified representative wrote in an email, prompting Gawker to tag them “Wikileaks to the Stars.”

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