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Anonymous' Latest Target: Itself

It appears that the hacktivists at Anonymous are struggling to cope with the group's expansion. The list of organizations, companies and individuals targeted by the collective has started to grow out of control. That's mainly due to its decentralized nature, allowing any member to pick a target so long as they can rally the troops to the cause. This has not only led to the group's efforts being...

Anonymous Takes Down Playstation.com in Response to Suit

The hacktivists at Anonymous have lately set their sights on Sony. The collective's latest action is in response to the company's lawsuit against hacker George Holtz, also known as GeoHot. Holtz previously published the code necessary to jailbreak the PS3, enabling users to run homebrew software on their consoles. The group's ongoing denial of service attack has taken down Playstation.com for t...

'GhostExodus' Hacker Sentenced to Nine Years in Federal Prison

In June 2009, federal authorities arrested William McGraw (alias "GhostExodus") on charges of hacking into 14 computers at W.B. Carrell Memorial Clinic in Dallas, where he worked as a security guard. According to prosecutors, McGraw gained access to the network as part of his plot to attack Anonymous on or before the Fourth of July -- which he called "Devil's Day." His master plan, however, nev...

Anonymous Leaks Bank of America E-Mails, Alleges 'Corruption and Fraud'

Early this morning, Anonymous released a collection of internal e-mails sent between employees at Bank of America, in an attempt to expose what the group calls widespread "corruption and fraud." The e-mails, allegedly obtained from a former bank employee, document discussions among workers at Balboa Insurance, a Bank of America subsidiary that offers mortgage and car insurance to banks and home...

Anonymous Targets Koch Brothers, Gets Involved in Wisconsin Politics

Anonymous has already targeted authoritarian regimes in the Middle East, the Westboro Baptist Church, and one particularly outspoken snitch. Now, the group of tireless hacktivists has apparently turned its attention to David and Charles Koch -- the billionaire brothers who, according to Anonymous, are manipulating Wisconsin politics to their own corporate advantage. Yesterday, Anonymous tempora...

Anonymous Takes Down Westboro Baptist Church Website During Live Interview

Say what you will about Anonymous, but it's hard to deny that the group has a flair for the dramatic. Yesterday, the collective ambushed one of the Westboro Baptist Church's websites, during a live joint interview on 'The David Pakman Show' of a WBC member and an Anonymous member. Throughout the segment, a member of Anonymous went back and forth with an incomprehensibly annoying church repre...

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...

Anonymous Says It Now Has Stuxnet

News keeps coming out of the Anonymous attack on the security firm HBGary. Now, the hacktivist collective is claiming that it has access to Stuxnet, the powerful worm that is believed to have been developed by the U.S. and its allies to disrupt Iran's nuclear program. It's unclear if Anonymous plans to actually use Stuxnet, but a spokesperson from Symantec told the Guardian it would be very diffi...

Leaked E-Mails Reveal Efforts to Discredit WikiLeaks

Some enemies of WikiLeaks are not afraid to play dirty. Pro-WikiLeaks hackers (but not the organization itself) gained access to internal e-mails from HBGary Federal, a California-based security company that was allegedly offering to help companies like Bank of America (the rumored target of the next WikiLeaks dump) discredit the organization through falsified documents. One of the e-mails hackers...

How Aaron Barr Infiltrated Anonymous, and Why He Decided to Do It

Ars Technica's Nate Anderson has put together a long and fascinating report on the tumultuous recent history of Aaron Barr -- the security expert who successfully infiltrated Anonymous, and then got burned, after running to the FBI with his findings. Based on e-mails he sent before beginning his mission, it's clear that Barr's motives, from the very beginning, were profit-driven. A social media...

Anonymous Leaks 50,000 E-Mails From Security Expert Who Planned to Rat Them Out

On Friday, the Financial Times published a story about the ongoing criminal investigation into Anonymous -- the notorious online collective of hacktivists that have orchestrated cyber-attacks on Visa, MasterCard, and a handful of authoritarian governments. In the article, the paper quoted a computer security expert named Aaron Barr, who claimed to have "penetrated" the group, and said that his fin...

Anonymous Takes Out Yemeni Government Websites

The hacktivists over at Anonymous are at it again. After bringing down opponents of WikiLeaks, and recently taking on Tunisia and Egypt, the loosely organized group of politically motivated hackers that hang out on 4Chan has now set its sights on the Yemeni government. In anticipation of yesterday's "Day of Rage" in Yemen, the collective took down the sites for the Yemeni Ministry of Information ...

Anonymous Attacks Government Websites in Egypt

The Web may be up and running in Egypt, but Anonymous clearly hasn't forgotten the Egyptian government's unprecedented shutdown of the Internet. The group of free speech 'hacktivists' is now claiming credit for taking down the websites of the Egyptian Ministry of Information and the National Democratic Party, which is currently in power. Anonymous confirmed the attacks in a message posted to its ...

Anonymous and Tunisia: A New Cyber Warfare?

Tunisia's 'Jasmine Revolution' ignited on December 17th, when a street vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in front of a local police station. The demonstration struck a chord within millions of Tunisians -- many of whom, like Bouazizi, had fallen on hard times, due to the country's stagnant labor market, skyrocketing food prices and high-level political corruption. Within days, prot...

With Twitter Blocked, Egypt's Protesters Turning to Facebook

Thousands of Egyptians filled the streets of Cairo, Alexandria and other cities today, in protest of their government's economic policies, and rampant political corruption. And, much like the Tunisian demonstrators who inspired them, Egypt's protesters have taken full advantage of social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook to spread information and organize their actions. Now, however, it ...