Anonymous “day of action” hacking returns

posted at 8:30 am on February 4, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

The hacker group Anonymous is back at it again, raising online mayhem with government and law enforcement websites in what they referred to as a “day of action” on Friday. In one of the more embarrassing incidents, the FBI was on a phone call with Scotland Yard, discussing ways to combat the group. Anonymous responded by publishing a recording of the call.

Perpetual gadflies Anonymous released a recording between agents at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Scotland Yard on Friday in which the two agencies discuss anti-hacking operations.

The FBI issued a statement acknowledging that the call is valid, saying that a criminal investigation is underway, The Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashima reported.

In a statement to the Guardian, Scotland Yard also confirmed the call was real, saying that “no operational risks to the [Metropolitan Police Service] have been identified.”

The “hactivists” were also up to their usual tricks in taking down web sites. When the Department of Justice announced they were going after them, they promptly hacked their web site. The Greek Ministry of Justice went down shortly after. And since they are apparently big supporters of the Occupy movement, when the Boston PD moved to evict the squatters, their web site was promptly replaced with some Twitter hash tags, a rap video, and the following message.

“Is that it? Hell no, there is plenty more mayhem to deliver for this #F—FBIFriday. Do you remember a few months ago when #antisec attaked the Boston Police and released hundred of passwords in retaliation for the brutality against Occupy Boston? They clearly ignored our warnings, because not only did they raid the camp again and kicked protesters off of public parks, but they also sent undercover TSA agents to assualt and attempt to steal from some organizers. So you get your kicks beating protesters? That’s OK; we get kicks defacing and rm’n your websites – again. BDNNews.com, the “Boston Poice Department Virtual Community” also fell to the swift merciless veangeance of the hive. Do you really want to step to this??”

While government and law enforcement at all levels do an impressive job combating crime in the real world, it seems like they are perpetually a number of steps behind in the virtual one. Technology simply advances too fast, and the geeks around the globe are the ones on the cutting edge, leaving officials to play catch-up. And this isn’t a problem with any easy or obvious solutions. Trying to hire the best and brightest in the computer world to come to work for the government is always going to be difficult since such positions don’t tend to pay anywhere near the lucrative salaries they can earn in the private sector.

Unfortunately, this also highlights another danger facing us today. The pranks of these hackers seeking to make a political statement are a nuisance to be sure, but that’s nothing compared to the damage which could come from a serious terrorist cyber-attack. Iran has already felt the sting of such operations – much to our benefit – but a successful strike against the United States could, in theory, take down large portions of the power grid, related infrastructure networks and even our national defense capabilities. This is one scenario which you can bet keeps people up at night in Washington.


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Scary stuff. For real.

Priscilla on February 4, 2012 at 8:34 AM

“Hmmm…which book to go by?

How To Win Friends And Influence People, or Rules For Radicals?”

itsnotaboutme on February 4, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Occupy Hot Air!
:)

Emperor Norton on February 4, 2012 at 8:36 AM

The government can do what the rest of the IT industry is doing. Hire offshore IT resources for a fraction of the cost of US based programmers.

Dandapani on February 4, 2012 at 8:37 AM

quietly wondering if these “hacktivists” could get a hold of Fast & Furious emails since Issa and Grassley don’t seem to be able to.

Lost in Jersey on February 4, 2012 at 8:41 AM

I’m so suspicious of this.

For one… I never heard of this group before in all my life until a week or so ago when SOPA died and Obama raided some web company or something for copyright infringement. Then this group went on a rampage.
The thing that was so weird was, the stories written made it seem that we all knew about this group and they were “at it again.” Also the name… what better name could a group come up with that spotlights anonymity on the internet. And who opposes anonymity on the internet? The Obama regime and the Democrats and RINOs.

This group and their actions seem to be made to serve one purpose… to prove how dangerous internet freedom and anonymity is to the world.

The Obama regime created Fast and Furious to destroy our gun freedoms so it would not surprise me they are doing the same thing here to destroy our freedom on the internet.

JellyToast on February 4, 2012 at 8:42 AM

The government can do what the rest of the IT industry is doing. Hire offshore IT resources for a fraction of the cost of US based programmers.

Dandapani on February 4, 2012 at 8:37 AM

I think you’ll find any vaguely serious western company doesn’t off-shore InfoSec.

CorporatePiggy on February 4, 2012 at 8:47 AM

JellyToast on February 4, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Although I wouldn’t put anything past the Dems, Anonymous has been around, and active, against Big Media and its anti-piracy efforts for several years.

OldEnglish on February 4, 2012 at 8:47 AM

JellyToast on February 4, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Anonymous has been around and raising hell for the better part of a decade and were pretty active during the 2008 elections.

Jazz Shaw on February 4, 2012 at 8:48 AM

They’ve already hacked and caused damage to water utilities in Springfield, Illinois and Houston, Texas.

Fallon on February 4, 2012 at 8:52 AM

quietly wondering if these “hacktivists” could get a hold of Fast & Furious emails since Issa and Grassley don’t seem to be able to.

Lost in Jersey on February 4, 2012 at 8:41 AM

I’ll second that.

Sultanofsham on February 4, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Why is so hard to track these people down? It’s 2012 and the CIA and FBI can’t track down some hackers? That’s terrible.

SoulGlo on February 4, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Anonymous has been around and raising hell for the better part of a decade and were pretty active during the 2008 elections.

Jazz Shaw on February 4, 2012 at 8:48 AM

And who could forget thier threat against one of the mexican cartels. They aint wise but they are active.

Sultanofsham on February 4, 2012 at 8:57 AM

This is one scenario which you can bet keeps people up at night in Washington.

Who is the new worry czar?

tinkerthinker on February 4, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Hey Big Sis, Anonymous and the Occupy crowd are the “domestic terrorists” you’re so worried about.

Get crackin’!

Flora Duh on February 4, 2012 at 9:00 AM

This is one scenario which you can bet hope keeps people up at night in Washington.

windbag on February 4, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Trying to hire the best and brightest in the computer world to come to work for the government is always going to be difficult since such positions don’t tend to pay anywhere near the lucrative salaries they can earn in the private sector.

The United States Postal Service, (and their union employees), could not be reached for comment.

Rovin on February 4, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Learn to use Backtrack, Wireshark, and nmap and you too can be a “hacktavist”

Roy Rogers on February 4, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Anyone know some of the hackers? Please get them to hack Holders personal email account!
Now that would be fun!!!!

angrymike on February 4, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Lost in Jersey
Sorry I wrote then read the comments.

angrymike on February 4, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Jellytoast
I heard of anon well over aa year ago, and I think they’ve been around much longer!

angrymike on February 4, 2012 at 9:17 AM

The United States Postal Service, (and their union employees), could not be reached for comment.

Rovin on February 4, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Anyone see the new USPS ad? Seriously.

Fallon on February 4, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Flora duh

I think anon is world wide, they made arrests in UK last year, I think last year, I found out at digg. I read digg for a few and noticed there were 5 leftsys to and righty.

angrymike on February 4, 2012 at 9:23 AM

JellyToast on February 4, 2012 at 8:42 AM

awesome.

peachaeo on February 4, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Sorry just got up
Each righty.

angrymike on February 4, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Perhaps these nerds can hack into some spell-checking software, or run up the basement stairs into mom’s house and borrow the dictionary. Maybe have a bagel pizza or some meatloaf.

Huckabye-Romney on February 4, 2012 at 9:24 AM

This might be a good time for our intelligence agencies to start treating cyberterrorism as real terrorism and responding accordingly. We’ll see how these hacker groups like it if “EffTheGubmt69″ suddenly disappears from the group’s chat room and a story comes out talking about how some teenager in Venezuela turned up missing…

Outlander on February 4, 2012 at 9:26 AM

The ox are slow but the earth is patient.

I wonder if Anonymous is being used for psyops?

Dr Evil on February 4, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Maybe have a bagel pizza or some meatloaf.

Huckabye-Romney on February 4, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Way too much work, man. I just smoked a fat one and McD’s sounds pretty good right now./occupooper

JimboHoffa on February 4, 2012 at 9:31 AM

The FBI issued a statement acknowledging that the call is valid,…

.
Reads like there is an “insider” operative that assists the Anonymous group.

ExpressoBold on February 4, 2012 at 9:33 AM

A lot of ppl THINK it is a bunch of younger ppl with a few older ppl in charge. I think its middle aged ppl who are anti establishment types.

angrymike on February 4, 2012 at 9:34 AM

angrymike I’m with you on this one. Please please please give us Holder’s emails and all the hackers should have a ticker tape parade!!!

Actually, come to think of it-at least lately-all the alphabet agencies FBI, CIA etc have turned over to the Dark Side-enforcing political correctness, propping up s corrupt president, abridging individual privacy to support crooked record companies and handing over weaponry to the enemy. Would like to see some of those hacked memos!

MaiDee on February 4, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Anonymous went after the Church of Scientology a couple years ago, more or less. That is when I first heard of them.

MidniteRambler on February 4, 2012 at 9:37 AM

While government and law enforcement at all levels do an impressive job combating crime in the real world, it seems like they are perpetually a number of steps behind in the virtual one. Technology simply advances too fast, and the geeks around the globe are the ones on the cutting edge, leaving officials to play catch-up. And this isn’t a problem with any easy or obvious solutions. Trying to hire the best and brightest in the computer world to come to work for the government is always going to be difficult since such positions don’t tend to pay anywhere near the lucrative salaries they can earn in the private sector.</blockquote

Hmmmmmm I'm not convinced that's the case, but that's the perception that's being shaped in the media.

Everyone leaves tracks real or virtual.

Dr Evil on February 4, 2012 at 9:38 AM

All I see is pranks. Step up Anon. Do something that actually matters.

DHChron on February 4, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Good for them. Keep up the good work!

libfreeordie on February 4, 2012 at 9:41 AM

MiaDee
Anon seems to lean to the left though, we need some righty anons to get facts out. I do applaud what there doing but I wish they’d be leaning more to the right.
Oh ya there probably at least one that’s here on Hot Air, or at least watching us. Lol

angrymike on February 4, 2012 at 9:43 AM

this is because the FBI is too busy acting as a private police force( as well as judge , jury and executioner) for the film and recording industry online rather than protecting the citizens and the government from real cyber crime and threats to national security.

anonymous can make them look like useless tools and luddites they are because basically they are useless tools and willful luddites who have opted not to up their internetwebs game. more important lady gaga should be protected from copyright infringement by 12 year olds than our nuclear facilities, banking, and military operations should be safeguarded from talented and potentially malicious hackers.

taking out Megaupload and basically confiscating (read :stealing.) all the content users had uploaded without a trial or proof any of it was infringing on the copyrights of hollywood and BMG-all paid for by the taxpayers not the entertainment industry’s own lawyers. the FBI isn’t carrying our water- they’re carrying that of certain industries and the hackers are well well aware of it and don’t want a part of it. they can’t even manage to keep databases of real serious crime up to date -like CODIS and ViCAP -but they can hunt down an internet uploader czar continents away and send in the SWAT teams. not so much money left over a to process the DNA of criminals and Unidentified missing persons and manage to upload it into a database or to acquire proficient computer genius agents.

mittens on February 4, 2012 at 9:45 AM

OldEnglish on February 4, 2012 at 8:47 AM

OK, well, I didn’t know that. Seriously never heard of them before.
Still wouldn’t put it past Obama.

JellyToast on February 4, 2012 at 9:47 AM

DHChron
How’s the great country of Texas doing today?

angrymike on February 4, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Anonymous has been around and raising hell for the better part of a decade and were pretty active during the 2008 elections.

Jazz Shaw on February 4, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Were they able to mess with vote totals?

KOOLAID2 on February 4, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Oh god, I kinda agreed with libfreeorpooponapolicecar,someone shoot me!

angrymike on February 4, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Regarding critical infrastructure, water systems and power grids and such, I have a suggestion:

Get them off the internet!! If there is no way of accessing the critical control systems online, the mayhem is not possible without breaking in, which these Anon nebishes won’t try.

Information on systems can still be online, but the controls need to be inaccessible. Same goes for government agencies, defense systems need to be unplugged from the interwebs.

iurockhead on February 4, 2012 at 10:00 AM

HotAir dodges the bullet!

The Nerve on February 4, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Anyone see the new USPS ad? Seriously.

Fallon on February 4, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I did see this the other day Fallon, and the first thing that came to my mind was, “how Neanderthal”, and why not bring back the Pony Express? Of course, the postal service would never consider down-sizing their workforce since the volume has gone down every year. That would be too capitalistic.

Rovin on February 4, 2012 at 10:06 AM

angrymike – if you need someone to shoot you, I’m your man :)

DHChron on February 4, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Talk Hard!

DHChron on February 4, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Anon seems to lean to the left- angrymike I totally agree. More than “leans”, I should think. I guess the point I was trying to make is that6 while, generally, I disapprove of hacking, the government and all its bureaus and agencies seem to be in control of the dictatorial left. Thus the revealing of secret government emails, documents, memos etc.would tend to be more embarrassing to the left. Therefore, totally by coincidence,leftist hackers are working on “our side” for a change. And it also reveals how incompetent these boobs are in the first place- to have such miserable security as to allow themselves to be hacked in the first place.

MaiDee on February 4, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Since so many people seem to be unaware of who and what Anonymous is let me fill in the details for some people:

Anonymous is a hacktavist group that began in 2003 on the image board 4chan. The first major attack they did was when they rickrolled the Church of Scientology in 2008. In 2009 they joined with Pirate Bay and, unlike Obama, heavily supported the Green movement in Iran holding multiple protests.

In 2010 they attacked an Oregon Tea Party group and defaced their website after the Tea party group inadvertently used one of Anonymous’ slogans on a flyer.

2011 was a busy year for them when they, and their spin off group LulzSec, were responsible for the numerous hacks of the Sony gaming network. They also backed the Arab spring, protested Westboro Baptist, backed the Wisconsin protests, and most importantly helped found the Occupy movement. Lately they have been most concerned with protesting SOPA, PIPA, and now ACTA.

Basically the main reason that Anonymous hasn’t been caught yet is because they are decentralized and spread out across multiple countries. They know how to use the new media and they target anyone who dares speak out against them or anything that they support. Although they did help found the Occupy movement they are largely apolitical having disdain for both Dems and Repubs. Of course one of the main reasons I think Obama hasn’t gone after them is that his supporters are very sympathetic to Anonymous’ activities.

And now you know. (all of the info here was obtained from Wikipedia. Go there if you want to know more.)

ManFromNowhere on February 4, 2012 at 10:12 AM

DHChron
Well your gonna need a .50+cal to get me, that Texas to Ohio shot should be a record.

angrymike on February 4, 2012 at 10:13 AM

ManFromNoWhere

Thanks, I knew some of it , but you took it to hole new level!
:-)

angrymike on February 4, 2012 at 10:17 AM

angrymike – I got peop’s in PA…just give me the word and you’re toast

DHChron on February 4, 2012 at 10:18 AM

How many of these “brilliant” hackers are living at home on Mom and Dad’s dime?

They have demonstrated expertise in one specific area. And little else.

GarandFan on February 4, 2012 at 10:23 AM

DHChron
STOP your making me nervous!
;-)

angrymike on February 4, 2012 at 10:24 AM

hehe

DHChron on February 4, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Well they are breaking the law in order to do this mischief. Should the govt. just throw some money out there for Anti-Anonymous to catch these guys? Then you would have everyone crying about the lawless government or something because they would have to break the law to catch this group.

Vince on February 4, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Defacing web sites is child’s play. It’s merely bad theater. But the capability to monitor a telecom stream is a real shocker. You can bet that the FBI will be all over that like flies on sh1t.

I would side strongly on the FBI in this case because you can’t do “hacks” like that without leaving digital breadcrumbs. It’s slow tedious work analyzing log files but the feds have a unique ability to buy the manpower they need.

And one last thing, these hackers in their mom’s basement at 3am aren’t anticipating how “real” it gets when the men with dark suits, weapons, and grim faces knock on the door. And they knock with a battering ram.

Metanis on February 4, 2012 at 10:37 AM

ManFromNowhere

Thanks, I knew some of it , but you took it to hole new level!
:-)

angrymike on February 4, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Not a problem. The more we’re educated on stuff like this the more effectively we can argue our points.

Well they are breaking the law in order to do this mischief. Should the govt. just throw some money out there for Anti-Anonymous to catch these guys? Then you would have everyone crying about the lawless government or something because they would have to break the law to catch this group.

Vince on February 4, 2012 at 10:28 AM

As Jazz pointed out one of the main reasons that Anonymous hasn’t been caught is that intellectually and technologically the government isn’t up to the task. Every time the government even mentions going after Anonymous and its satellite groups Anonymous just turns around and hacks the government. To tell you the truth there are many people online who are too scared to even think about crossing Anonymous. Anonymous can destroy someone’s life with a few keystrokes, they aren’t someone you want to cross.

ManFromNowhere on February 4, 2012 at 10:41 AM

I’m thinking that these guys will regret embarrassing the FBI and Scotland yard.

Vince on February 4, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Oh god, I kinda agreed with libfreeorpooponapolicecar,someone shoot me!

angrymike on February 4, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Anybody?
I DON’T HAVE A SHOT!

KOOLAID2 on February 4, 2012 at 10:45 AM

intellectually and technologically the government isn’t up to the task. Every time the government even mentions going after Anonymous and its satellite groups Anonymous just turns around and hacks the government. To tell you the truth there are many people online who are too scared to even think about crossing Anonymous. Anonymous can destroy someone’s life with a few keystrokes, they aren’t someone you want to cross.

ManFromNowhere on February 4, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Nah, it doesn’t work that way. If they destroy me, too bad for me but when you take on the ego of the FBI and Scotland yard, you’re in trouble.

A few months from now you will see a public display of someone or a group of someones who are involved in this and the book will be thrown at them. Even if it’s not all of them.

Vince on February 4, 2012 at 10:47 AM

ManFromNowhere
Maybe I should use Wikipedia, but sometimes I don’t agree with what they spew.

angrymike on February 4, 2012 at 10:49 AM

What I want to know is, how many geniuses think digitizing and placing online all of our health records is still a good idea?

BKeyser on February 4, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Vince
Nope, this is worldwide, they pick one or two up and they go after whomever made the arrests.
Last year they caught a couple they SAID were anon, next thing you know each police web site of the agency was outed . They are worried.

angrymike on February 4, 2012 at 10:54 AM

KOOLAIDS
I’m hit
Wont happen again
;-)

angrymike on February 4, 2012 at 10:56 AM

this is because the FBI is too busy acting as a private police force( as well as judge , jury and executioner) for the film and recording industry online rather than protecting the citizens and the government from real cyber crime and threats to national security…
mittens on February 4, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Yep, on this movie deal, I’ve wondered about who is stealing from whom.
If you’ll take the time to go to the end of the credits on any movie,
you’ll invariably read “The Producers wish to thank” (the following):
And therein will be a goodly sized list in some cases.
You’ll read individual names and also some corporate names (hotel chains, eating establishments and the like).
You’ll also read some township and city names as well.
You’ll most likely read something that says something close to the following: “Financing/Incentives provided by a grant from the Pennsylvania, Irish, California Film Commision, Endowment for the Arts, Midget Wrestling Federation”, or some such group.
Generally we’ll see that it’s some government outfit, though.

What you won’t read is how much money was skimmed off taxes, writeoffs and exemptions (State and Federal); where the Producers
didn’t have to pay for Police or Fire protection during filming, (except, say in the case of “consultants”); the inconvenience to the local residents off having their roads and neighborhoods invaded and blocked in many cases; how many film cos. skipped town and didn’t pay their bills and Now- they have the backing of the FBI and Scotland Yard to make sure they don’t lose a few MIllion$ from a $100 million plus box office take! Cry me a freaking river. This is your, our, my money they’re getting for “lights, camera, action”. That and some tingle up bureaucratic legs cause they get to hobnob with “famous” people.

I want some investigation into how these film companies are not paying their “Fair Share”. I want incentives to stop and the State agencies that provide grants to be shut down. I want the FBI to go back to what they are needed for in this country, and that’s not as a private police force for Hollywierd. It baffles the mind that conservatives get their panties in a twist over this. Why are we protecting the very industry that ridicules us, backstabs us and is against our values while trying to destroy our way of life?

OkieDoc on February 4, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Look, “computer security” is at best a dynamic state of affairs. Build a better mouse-trap, and they build a better mouse. Complex systems are irresistible targets for gamers, and the same sort of cleverness is in play on both sides of the equation, yielding a rather fragile equilibrium between white-hats and black-hats. Of course, proponents of “centralize everything” don’t want the sheeple alarmed, so would never admit this. E-commerce, on-line-banking, stock trading, your medical records, all the rest, are constantly hacked. As long as the hacking doesn’t rise to levels of visibility that erode confidence, it’s not an issue.

That said, however, we should give a big shout-out to Billy Gates and his posse, for making so much of this possible with their lame-ass operating systems.

Few spam and DOS attacks of significant size could happen without the huge bot-nets made possible by trojan’d windoze boxen.

And chaining through a few of those zombies in China or Korea or “Pockeestan” makes it easy for the Anons to run and hide…

bofh on February 4, 2012 at 11:06 AM

‘Tis indeed a sad day when bathrobe-clad dweebs in mommy’s basement can take over the American government one step at a time. And thanks to Panetta, Nappy Janet, et al., we are at the mercy (as if) of little punks who claim anonymity and “freedom of speech” as an excuse to prove … something.
Now, if they would only serve up the traitors in the ranks of King Barack the Growth Slayer, we’ll find out exactly what Americans are made of – granite or sandstone.
ØbaMaØ, the “transparency” POTUS must be thrilled.
And then, he’ll be in a 60 square foot cell next to Eric Holder.
(until they are transferred to Club Fed where they can play golf, b-ball, and tennis all day)
That day cannot come soon enough.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 4, 2012 at 11:17 AM

“Hmmm…which book to go buy?

How To Win Friends And Influence People, or Rules For Radicals?”

itsnotaboutme on February 4, 2012 at 8:34 AM

I could see where you’d need both for different circumstances. :) But you don’t need to buy them. They are both easily found in .pdf format on the interwebs.

PatriotGal2257 on February 4, 2012 at 11:24 AM

I’m so suspicious of this.
For one… I never heard of this group before in all my life until a week or so ago when SOPA died and Obama raided some web company or something for copyright infringement. Then this group went on a rampage.
The thing that was so weird was, the stories written made it seem that we all knew about this group and they were “at it again.” Also the name… what better name could a group come up with that spotlights anonymity on the internet. And who opposes anonymity on the internet? The Obama regime and the Democrats and RINOs.
This group and their actions seem to be made to serve one purpose… to prove how dangerous internet freedom and anonymity is to the world.
The Obama regime created Fast and Furious to destroy our gun freedoms so it would not surprise me they are doing the same thing here to destroy our freedom on the internet.
JellyToast on February 4, 2012 at 8:42 AM

I get what you say, but this group existed well before SOPA was even conceived. They have been around for years, but in the last year and a half they have upped their attacks to make them more public and high profile.

ptcamn on February 4, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Nah, it doesn’t work that way. If they destroy me, too bad for me but when you take on the ego of the FBI and Scotland yard, you’re in trouble.

A few months from now you will see a public display of someone or a group of someones who are involved in this and the book will be thrown at them. Even if it’s not all of them.

Vince on February 4, 2012 at 10:47 AM

You’re new at this aren’t you?

Spliff Menendez on February 4, 2012 at 11:35 AM

This is one scenario which you can bet keeps people up at night in Washington.

Why Washington? The power grid is mostly privately owned and utilities are local. We don’t want to also be looking to Washington for solutions.

AZfederalist on February 4, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Good for them. Keep up the good work!
libfreeordie on February 4, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Mom! mom! momm!!
Look at me! look at me! look! look!
Momm! Look at mee!!
Wahhhh
Look! look at me!!
Mommmm!!
Look at me!!

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on February 4, 2012 at 11:39 AM

but a successful strike against the United States could, in theory, take down large portions of the power grid, related infrastructure networks and even our national defense capabilities

Exactly. That’s why Obama… wants to… consolidate the 3-4 different sections of the power grid into a single interconnected one. For efficiency…: it will be more efficient to hack one network instead of several isolated ones.

Oh… Wait…!!!

ptcamn on February 4, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Anonymous is a terrorist organization and should be treated as such.

vegconservative on February 4, 2012 at 11:42 AM

It will come to pass. If you listen, you will hear it, hear it? Its coming. Our defenses are weakened from with in. You won’t hear a thing. Its nearly here.

Bmore on February 4, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Nothing like handing the “oppressors” you claim to oppose handy excuses to further eliminate ever vanishing liberty.

S. D. on February 4, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Good for them. Keep up the good work!

libfreeordie on February 4, 2012 at 9:41 AM

All of your personal information (SS #, bank routing codes, et al) will be hacked and distributed online for all to see shortly. Enjoy!

(That moron who put “Anonymity is dead” on a the front of a mask clearly is about as bright as you.)

profitsbeard on February 4, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Anonymous is a terrorist organization and should be treated as such.

Exactly. They are a-hole liberal cowards, in their parent’s basements.

Someone will die somehow eventually because of their activities. The public will demand action.

They are getting greedy and greedy people always slip up.

Moesart on February 4, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Bmore on February 4, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Okay, that freaked me out. I can’t say you are wrong…

Fallon on February 4, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Bmore on February 4, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Yup

Cleombrotus on February 4, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Good grief! Why don’t they stop with the gubmint attacks and zero out all my bills and mortgage?

TugboatPhil on February 4, 2012 at 12:28 PM

These people are a threat to freedom, not protectors of it. Their actions will only be used as justification to wipe out our freedoms in the name if safety. I think they are anarchists interested in bringing about our destruction, and they will do so by either opening us to attack from without or creating enough fear within that wethe embrace tyrant for security’s sake. They are fools, highly intelegent certainly, but the biggest and most dangerous fools always are. Foolishness and wisdom have nothing to do with intelligence. Either they are fools or they are simply evil. I am hoping they are just fools, you can bring a fool
into wisdom, but the only solution for someone who is evil is their destruction.

flyfishingdad on February 4, 2012 at 1:19 PM

“Hmmm…which book to go by?

How To Win Friends And Influence People, or Rules For Radicals?

itsnotaboutme on February 4, 2012 at 8:34 AM

I could see where you’d need both for different circumstances. :) But you don’t need to buy them. They are both easily found in .pdf format on the interwebs.

PatriotGal2257 on February 4, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Which is why I wrote “by”, not “buy” as you changed my quote to for some reason.

itsnotaboutme on February 4, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Another big government false-flag. Notice how they haven’t done any serious damage anywhere, just small meaningless embarrassments, and they haven’t dug up any skeletons in the government closets like the Holder or Solyndra stuff. Now THAT would be helpful, and patriotic, and would bring many people to their side in support. Consistently doesn’t happen. Just pranks and games to instill fear of “potential” harm with “What if” scenarios in order to clamp down on internet freedom. Don’t forget that Obama and the government wants that internet “shutoff switch”. And why not? I mean, the Iran and China governments have it so why can’t we!

AttaBoyLuther on February 4, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Well your gonna need a .50+cal to get me, that Texas to Ohio shot should be a record.

angrymike on February 4, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Just need to get within a mile sometime soon: Sandia develops laser-guided bullets.

ShainS on February 4, 2012 at 1:56 PM

White Supremacist website Anon. recently hacked, one of the man emails released

Subject: Trolling
Date: Aug Mon 2011
To: pahillbilly (scott6509@verizon.net)
From: Edmund Ruffin (oldman9x@yahoo.com)

Text:
I did not call you a troll. I said you were trolling the forum. when you make posts supporting the one candidate who is most repugnant to White Nationalists of all who are running, you are trolling. Ron Paul is weak on immigration, because he has a lot of libertarian in him. I, as well as Smedley butler and other Senior mod have posted as much. But he is the biggest thorn in the side of jewry of all the candidates. there is nothing wrong with criticizing his position on immigration. He deserves it. I have known Ron Paul since the mid-1970′s, when I met him a t one of Blanchard’s “Hard money” conferences in New Orleans. I have sat with him at breakfast and dinner and in hotel rooms where guys were relaxing and talking over adult beverages. I know the man. If you had read his newsletters back then, you would know how tenuous his position is. If he appeared a likely winner of the nomination, they would hit him full bore with his racist and anti-semitic writings and he would be finished as a mainstream candidate. Criticism of his position on immigration is permissible, and deserved. Pushing the most jew-loving candidate in the field on a WN board is trolling. You can continue to push Bachmann if you must, but there will be a reaction that you won’t like.

jp on February 4, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Anonymous is a terrorist organization and should be treated as such.

vegconservative on February 4, 2012 at 11:42 AM

That’s a bit hyperbolic.

Nothing like handing the “oppressors” you claim to oppose handy excuses to further eliminate ever vanishing liberty.

S. D. on February 4, 2012 at 12:10 PM

They’re idealists. Not pragmatists or practical thinkers.

Vyce on February 4, 2012 at 2:23 PM

I have been a victim of Anonymous.

I was a member of STRATFOR, and over Christmas they put my personal information, (as well as my kid’s information who is in the military), out there on the internet black market. It has been a living hell trying to get things put right.

Somewhere around the first part of December, Anonymous hacked into STRATFOR, and the FBI knew it. The FBI would not let STRATFOR alert their customers because they said they were wanting to follow the trail, and hopefully find Anon. LOL! What a joke. The FBI, IMHO, cannot, nor would not prosecute Anon, because as asserted previously by others here, this Administration, (I believe), supports them wholeheartedly.

STRATFOR’s servers were melted. It was not just that the customers of STRATFOR were harmed, but the purpose of Anon was to stop STRATFOR from putting information out period. They had a good hate on for STRATFOR. Three guesses as to why Anon would want STRATFOR shut down? Yeah.

Sometime back, about a year or so ago, there was an article about the fear the government had over hackers hacking into prisons, and how it would be possible for prisoners to then be released. Even farther back, there were all sorts of articles in the same vein, but these articles were about, as Jazz Shaw stated, the vulnerabilities of power and water facilities. I would encourage people to perform some research of their own as to the numerous reports backing up the worries some in the federal government have over Anonymous in these particular areas. I urge people to look this stuff up. Urge.

An added bit of info, or something to ruminate upon, would also be the various times, and speeches one Van Jones has made to prisoners. Most of the time these speeches consist of Mr. Jones telling prisoners that they will be a key to America’s future. Odd thing to say. It is also interesting that Eric Holder has found, in his opinion, far too many minorities are incorrectly, or improperly imprisoned in this country. Odd thing for an Attorney General of this country to say. This line of thinking has also been written about, and spoken about by one Bill Ayers. Most of Ayer’s books from the 1990′s were all about what the youth of this country should do to their parents, and this was apparently taken up by an OWS protester, who killed his adoptive parents because they objected to his attending OWS rallies, and the rest of Ayer’s books content points to those in prison being unjustly treated by our judicial system. There is a pattern here. The cherry on top is the interests the UN seems to have in all this as well. Everyone wave to Susan Rice. Beyond the infrastructure possibilities are other dangers Anonymous poses.

Anonymous is a serious threat to not just the U.S., but the world. They are not going to be easily tracked, or caught. These people are incredibly intelligent, and very crafty. They have far too much power, and will do some things to get people to quasi-approved of them. At this point and time, I believe the only thing that would stop them is an EMP. It certainly will not be anyone working in this current Administration.

freeus on February 4, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

If SkyNet gets hacked we. are. doomed.

FlatFoot on February 4, 2012 at 2:53 PM

And as to this drivel about Anonymous only being pranksters, and not impacting people, there were approximately over 800,000 customers affected by the STRATFOR hacking, and much more than that with the Zappos hacking. These over 2 million people have their personal financial information, and private email information, and RESIDENTIAL, their private homes locations, blasted out there on the internet for ALL to see.

The actions of Anonymous I can assure one and all is not a prank when you are having to stop false credit card charges, find new ways to protect your bank account, and realize that your home address is being plastered in the internet black markets. Not to mention all that involves your SS#.

To say Anonymous has not done anything major just yet is to be very ignorant regarding what they have done, and what they say they plan on doing in our upcoming elections.

freeus on February 4, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Anonymous: when you’re approaching forty and still a virgin.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on February 4, 2012 at 3:08 PM

I want some investigation into how these film companies are not paying their “Fair Share”. I want incentives to stop and the State agencies that provide grants to be shut down. I want the FBI to go back to what they are needed for in this country, and that’s not as a private police force for Hollywierd. It baffles the mind that conservatives get their panties in a twist over this. Why are we protecting the very industry that ridicules us, backstabs us and is against our values while trying to destroy our way of life?

OkieDoc on February 4, 2012 at 10:57 AM

agreed…

jimver on February 4, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Anonymous: when you’re approaching forty and still a virgin.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on February 4, 2012 at 3:08 PM

yeah, these guys/group average age is probably more like 20 or so :-)…

jimver on February 4, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Instead of constantly reporting on the hacks these anonymous cowards do why don’t you report on how they pick on children by posting their personal info on 4chan and harassing them, they’re scumbags.

clearbluesky on February 4, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Anonymous is anonymous. To say they are “decentralized” is like saying water is wet. Some of the people who use the label are malicious and will release personal info of hacked DBs, some have their own set of morals and would never release CC info. Since we have no idea who the individuals are behind each hacking incident, we have to analyze the merits/demerits of each incident individually.

It’s very easy, but very dumb to try to talk and classify Anonymous as a group. It’s much better to think about them as a type of hacker. Classifying all Anonymous hackers as terrorists is as pointless as blaming the Stratfor incident on all hackers. There are individuals responsible, and we don’t know who they are. This isn’t one collective with a boss at the top issuing orders and politically steering their actions.

smorpheus on February 4, 2012 at 5:47 PM

This is fantastic civil disobedience. Keep up the good work, guys.

Dante on February 4, 2012 at 5:49 PM

AttaBoyLuther on February 4, 2012 at 1:26 PM

I don’t buy it either, but I don’t know what the purpose is or the intended target of the story. It smells like psyops. If the government didn’t want this made public, it wouldn’t be made public.

Dr Evil on February 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Anonymous is anonymous. To say they are “decentralized” is like saying water is wet. Some of the people who use the label are malicious and will release personal info of hacked DBs, some have their own set of morals and would never release CC info. Since we have no idea who the individuals are behind each hacking incident, we have to analyze the merits/demerits of each incident individually.

It’s very easy, but very dumb to try to talk and classify Anonymous as a group. It’s much better to think about them as a type of hacker. Classifying all Anonymous hackers as terrorists is as pointless as blaming the Stratfor incident on all hackers. There are individuals responsible, and we don’t know who they are. This isn’t one collective with a boss at the top issuing orders and politically steering their actions.

As someone who has posted on the lovely and delicious 4chan for years now, I can tell you this is not the case AT ALL. You might think that they are decentralized and truly “anonymous,” but it just isn’t true.

Quick 4chan history lesson: “Anonymous” is a group consisting of what are usually newer members of 4chan, who saw the talented pool of people hacking for fun who post on 4chan, and tried to channel as many people as they could into saving the world, or “hacktivism,” as it’s often derided as. They use the umbrella term “Anonymous,” to identify with 4chan’s method of imageboard posting, which sets all users’ handles as “Anonymous” if posting without a nick/tripcode (encrypted code used to prove that the person is who they claim). Anonymous, as we know them now, is a group of people who identify (this is key) with 4chan despite the fact that NOBODY WANTS THEM THERE. Their posts are unfunny, they’re always organizing raids on people or organizations that nobody cares about, they’re easily trolled….they’re wannabes, really, and the fact that they identify with 4chan indicates that they aren’t truly anonymous at all. They do hang out in the same IRC channels, they do have actual handles, they do know each other, in many cases, are narcissistic attention-seekers, which always gets put out there in IRC chat logs whenever a couple of more well-known members get to sniping at one another.

Another thing that is much funnier than it should be: Anonymous is synonymous (heh) with the Guy Fawkes mask, further solidifying their connection to 4chan, but the fact that they use that symbol shows how much they really know about the people they are stealing the moniker from. See, V For Vendetta was pretty popular on 4chan for a bit, and one of 4chan’s more well-known original creations was “Epic Fail Guy,” a stick figure man who was always presented in comic strips who would try random things, and fail them in the most astonishing and unbelievable ways, things that would work out well for anybody else, but not for him. In his most defining strip, he stuck his head into a trashcan, and his head came out with a Guy Fawkes mask on. From then on, he was always presented as such. When they identify with 4chan as normal anons (which is what anonymous posters are usually called on 4chan) but use the Guy Fawkes mask as their symbol, it’s not a Guy Fawkes mask, IT’S AN EPIC FAIL GUY MASK.

The fail is so meta I don’t even know how this solar system hasn’t already been sucked into a singularity of failure.

mintycrys on February 4, 2012 at 9:30 PM

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