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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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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 Attacks Tunisian Government, in Defense of WikiLeaks

The notorious band of hackers known as Anonymous has taken down the Tunisian government's website, in apparent retaliation for the country's decision to block WikiLeaks. The country's WikiLeaks embargo went into effect in early December, when the government blocked not only the whistle-blowing website, but any other news organization publishing diplomatic cables related to Tunisia. Officials also...