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4chan Looking to Take Down Rebecca Black With 'Operation Black Friday'

It looks like 4chan is cooking up a plot to take down Rebecca Black -- the 13-year-old from Orange County, whose 'Friday' video has given new meaning to the word "cringe." The infamous /b/ message board has been aflame with activity lately, with members of the 4chan underworld working to patch together an anti-Black campaign dubbed 'Operation Black Friday.' The community seems determined to...

4Chan's 'Moot': Zuckerberg's Single Identity Is 'Totally Wrong'

Christopher 'Moot' Poole, founder of 4chan and Canv.as, spoke at SXSW's Sunday keynote, and explored privacy, creativity and the importance of anonymity online. With persistent identities (often tied to our real names) from sites like Facebook, Twitter and Disqus tracking our actions across the Internet, Poole compared the loss of anonymity online to a loss of youth -- a time for experimentation....

Westboro Baptist Church Tells Anonymous: Bring It, Cowards

What happens when two massively controversial instigators end up trolling each other? A massive troll pile-up ensues, making a mess of the Interwebz. (For those not familiar with the language, a troll is an online persona that acts in incendiary, deliberately troublesome ways for a reaction.) Westboro Baptist Church, the Kansas congregation headed by hate-monger Fred Phelps, was apparently issued...

4Chan Turns in Teen For Planning School Massacre

Share 4Chan has landed itself in the middle of yet another FBI investigation. This time, though, the site is cooperating with authorities after a Michigan-based member named Ali Saad posted threats to go on a shooting rampage at his community college. Saad insists that his postings were in jest, but his claims that he could top the "high score" of Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho set off...

4chan Founder Unveils 'Canvas' Imageboard to Limited Audience

4chan founder Christopher Poole has just launched his latest site, Canvas, to a select group of invitees. Canvas, at its most basic level and much like 4chan, provides users with a forum for discussion. Members post content to the site, others chime in, and the conversation snowballs from there. All user identities remain anonymous, but, unlike 4chan, all content is archived and recorded on...

Anti-Pirate Law Firm Succumbs to Coordinated Hacker Assault

Andrew Crossley, the manager of the law firm ACS:Law, made a concerted effort last year to individually punish purported file-sharers. The dismissive Crossley learned a painful and public lesson in hubris, though, when agitated Web vigilantes launched 'Operation Payback is a B****' and specifically targeted the law firm. After having suffered site attacks, network hacks, leaked confidential...

4chan Cyberbully Jailed Over E-Mailing Lewd Photos to School

When they're not launching ill-advised DDoS attacks, flooding Tea Party forums with LOLcats or attempting to send Justin Bieber to North Korea, the members of 4chan like to pass around naked pics of dumb teens, and generally make life a living hell for everyone they can. [Ed. Note: They also like to party at Barcade, apparently.] An unidentified student from Philadelphia was the victim of a recent...

Attack on Gawker Spawns Twitter 'Açai Berry' Spam

Yesterday, Gawker announced that its servers had been hacked, and that more than a million of its user account passwords had been compromised. According to the site, all passwords were encrypted, but "simple ones may be vulnerable to a brute-force attack." Gawker recommended that all users change their passwords on its platform, and on any other site where they had used the same password. The...

Dutch Teen Confesses to Participating in Pro-WikiLeaks Cyberattacks, Gets Arrested

A teenager in the Netherlands has been arrested after he confessed to participating in the recent pro-WikiLeaks cyberattacks on Visa and MasterCard. According to a press release from the Dutch National Office, the 16-year-old boy is part of the recently notorious online group called Anonymous, which has been orchestrating distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks on all companies that have...

WikiLeaks Avengers Take Down Visa.com, American Express Stoked

At the moment, Visa.com is down. Earlier today, a group of 4chan hackers known as Anonymous crippled MasterCard's website with a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack, claiming that it had done so to punish MasterCard for its refusal to transmit funds to controversial website WikiLeaks. As the group promised earlier today via Twitter, Anonymous has now successfully taken down Visa.com....

Pro-Wikileaks Hackers Take Down MasterCard Website

A group of pro-Wikileaks hackers has claimed responsibility for taking down MasterCard's website this morning, in an apparent retaliation against the company's decision to suspend payment operations to Julian Assange's notorious whistleblowing organization. The MasterCard site reportedly fell prey to a distributed denial of service (DDOS) campaign, which flooded the site with so many requests...

Man Admits to Robbing Jewelry Store on 4chan, Submits Photos for Consideration

A man who may (or may not) have robbed a jewelry store may (or may not) have announced his guilt on 4chan. On Saturday night, an anonymous 4chan user posted a picture showing what appears to be several rings, along with a message that read: "I just robbed a jewelry store with an M4 assault rifle. Feeling excited but kind of scared. wat do now?" Many, of course, doubted the man's claims, but one...

FBI Investigating 4chan and Anonymous Over DDoS Attacks

According to sources in contact with CNET, the FBI is pushing forward with an investigation of 4chan and the Internet vigilante collective known as Anonymous, which has loose ties to the controversial message board. Anonymous and its members, who frequent the 4chan boards, have unleashed a flurry of DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks over the past few months on individuals and...

Gene Simmons Tempts Fate, Pokes the 4chan Hornet's Nest

If anyone's watched 'Family Jewels' (seriously, has anyone watched it?), then they've undoubtedly noticed that Gene Simmons loves to drop "profound" insights and opinions from time to time. But, despite his presumptuous attitude, the self-assured KISS veteran apparently remains oblivious to the most crucial and preeminent rule of the Internet: don't f*** with 4chan. Either out of ignorance,...

Jennifer Petkov Apologizes for Taunting Dying Girl Online, Web Responds with Donations

In case you didn't see the story of the Detroit-area woman who inexplicably felt the need to taunt a dying 7-year-old girl on Facebook, let us simultaneously ruin and brighten your day. It begins with Jennifer Petkov and her husband Scott, of Trenton, Michigan, who decided to bring a feud with their neighbors to the social networking site. Jennifer targeted the young Kathleen Edward, who is in...