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Anonymous Elder Pleads for An End to In-Fighting

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A member of Anonymous named Anon99, who claims to have been part of the group since its early days, has come out asking for a cease fire to a recent bout of in-fighting which he believes threatens the group’s future.

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The anonymous writer has been blogging about the group’s interests rather irregularly since 2012. Last week he or she wrote a post entitled “How to Destroy Anonymous.” The writer detailed how they’d come to know of the group, and mentioned that they were an activist for years before the group started its antics around the time of the Occupy movement. Anonymous itself is a concept that precedes Occupy by some time, having originated on 4Chan.

The writer does not get too specific about the people he believes are toxic to Anonymous, but he does mention their behavior, what to watch out for:

Those people who CALL themselves Anons, but constantly whisper evil rumors in DM chats, behind the back of the person they are attacking, should be blocked, banned, ostracized. They are the dead, infected tissue in the body of Anonymous that if they are allowed to continue, will cause sepsis , will kill the host.

It’s certainly true that in-fighting and unnecessary drama are the punishing blow for many groups dedicated to change. It is obvious that a united front which is not eroded by internal actors who strike from within is better than one which does suffer such antics.

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Inevitable Mishaps

However, various people have at times made the group look bad by striking at the wrong targets. An article titled “A Brief History of Anonymous Outing the Wrong Person” gives the run down of Anonymous wallseveral times members who claimed to be part of the group managed to name the wrong person for a given crime. The most notable time this happened was when a user called @TheAnonMessage identified the wrong person as the author of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri.

The individual who was named had their life put in danger, despite innocence. Moreover, this happened despite protests from other members of the group, who weren’t convinced based on the evidence at hand. The damage had already been done by the time Twitter deleted the account. For their part, the group called out @TheAnonMessage.

The motivations for doing something like that, without being sure, can only be personal in nature. @TheAnonMessage wanted to be the first to out Michael Brown’s killer, plain and simple. It later turned out it was Officer Darren Wilson, and Wilson was exonerated without by a Grand Jury, never standing trial and receiving a large sum of money from donors around the country.

Anon99 is afraid for the future of Anonymous. He believes that the in-fighting is reaching a critical mass, but will stick around out of respect for other old hats in the crew, people he admires who make him feel “small” by comparison.

Out of respect for people like @YourAnonNews, @Anonorpheus , @AnonRoughCoitus, @touche172, @xBADD1x, @YourAnonCentral, @AnonyMiss2209 , @_An0nymou5 , @UnknownH4X0R, and so many, many thousands more, I will try to hang in here as long as I can. […] So, I am asking just a simple request. Show Respect. If you do not respect a fellow Anon, unfollow and block. Trying to tear them down does not build you up…it just makes you look obsessed and filled with a poisoned soul. […] We have worked far too hard, seen brothers like Barrett Brown, Jeremy Hammond, Matt DeHart go to prison for just trying to help, to see this thing we call Anonymous go down the drain because of a few miscreants whose aim is just to disrupt.

It bears reminding that Anonymous is actually an idea, rather than an organized group. It’s very hard to kill an idea, but you can pollute it with so much disinformation that people will not want to associate themselves with it anymore. It could be that Anon99 believes that very thing is happening. Time will tell, but for now Anonymous appears as relevant as ever, most recently exposing as many as 1,000 members of the Ku Klux Klan.

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  1. Lynna

    November 5, 2015 at 6:10 am

    The good Anons outnumber the bad ones by millions as far as I have seen…because there is no authority per se in the Collective, because of this it is difficult if not impossible to control what the bad ones do. What we good ones have to do is to keep on with spreading love and respect, and ostracizing the bad as we find them. I am new and have only been in since July 2015, but my Anon friends are excellent and dedicated to the good for the whole world. Just keep on keepin on is what we have to do…I don’t think Anonymous can ever die, there are too many dedicated ones and more everyday are joining us.

    • Clare O

      November 5, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      exactly. there are rotten people everywhere, and it doesn’t mean humanity is circling the drain. just another misfit writing trying to figuratively sell an article for change and fame. ideas don’t die; neither does the desire for freedom!

  2. Rough Acres

    November 5, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Information/disinformation can be planted to discredit… Is the pastebin release real? or was it not what it seemed to be?

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Anonymous Inspired Comic ‘Hacktivist’ is Being Adapted for TV

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Hacktivist, a graphic novel inspired by global hacking activist collective Anonymous and created by actress Alyssa Milano will be adapted for the small screen at a time when another Anonymous-inspired TV show Mr.Robot, is garnering rave reviews.

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Alyssa Milano, an actress who has appeared in feature films and network TV shows is known for taking definitive stances politically, will see her 2014 graphic novel ‘Hacktivist’ adapted as a television series.

According to Deadline, The CW network will be developing an adaptation of the graphic novel Hacktivist, created by Alyssa Milano. The concept for the cyber-thriller graphic novel was pitched by Milano to comic publisher Boom! Studios, only coming after Marvel and DC in controlling the largest library of comic book IPs.

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Hacktivist features two lead characters who run a successful social media company. The fictional characters are also hackers by night, inspired by popular hacktivist group Anonymous. Also, the protagonist in the comic was modeled after Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, while the fictional company based on the real-life social media giant.

Speaking to the Daily Dot in an earlier interview, Milano revealed how the idea came about.

I became obsessed with the role of the media, and how it was being used as a tool for protest.

At the same time, Anonymous was using hacking skills to empower people. And I thought, ‘What if Anonymous wasn’t a group but one person?’ And that spiraled into, ‘What if Anonymous was one guy? What characteristics would he have?’ He’d have to be socially aware, a coder, have access, be compassionate.”

Hacking activists in various parts of the world tend to unify under the banner of ‘Anonymous’, a faceless, leaderless, decentralized group of anyone and everyone who takes up its name.

Some of Anonymous’ most prominent movements occurred on November 5, 2013. Millions of demonstrators in over 400 cities around the world jointly participated in the Million Mask March on the day that that remembered the Guy Fawkes Night. The Guy Fawkes mask is commonly seen as the symbol of Anonymous, with members of the group readily distinguishable in public by wearing the masks.

Anonymous has undeniably made its mark in the mainstream consciousness. Wildly popular and critically-acclaimed TV shows like Mr. Robot see its fundamental premise in hacker activism and the new TV adaption of ‘Hacktivist’ – directly influenced by Anonymous – will only further perpetuate the loosely-associated international hacktivist network.

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Anonymous Hacker Protesting Prosecution Begins Second Week of Hunger Strike

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In 2014, Anonymous hacker Martin Gottesfeld was allegedly involved in the hacking of Boston Children’s Hospital following the suspected mistreatment of one of its patients. Now, the alleged hacker has begun his second week of a hunger strike in prison to protest the assumed prosecution of the late Internet activist Aaron Swartz and the controversial child-custody case involving Justina Pelletier, reports Newsweek.

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Two and a half years ago, the hacker collective Anonymous released a video calling for attacks against the hospital. It was alleged that 15-year-old Justina Pelletier was being held against her will by the State of Massachusetts where she was ‘tortured physically and mentally.’

In a letter, Gottesfeld wrote that what happened to Justina Pelletier goes far beyond a medical or custody dispute, and beyond child abuse.

He wrote:

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Tragically, tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of children have suffered horrific abuse at fraudulent places who have no legitimate right to call themselves ‘residential treatment programs.’

Two Demands Need to be Met

In order for his hunger strike to come to an end, Gottesfeld is asking for two demands to be met.

He wants the U.S. presidential candidates to make a promise ensuring that children are no longer mistreated, tortured, abused or killed, and he wants to end the style of prosecution that U.S. attorney for Massachusetts, Carmen Ortiz waged against Aaron Swartz, Reddit co-founder. Swartz is reported to have committed suicide after he was accused of alleged computer crimes.

Speaking to Newsweek, Dana Gottesfeld, wife of Martin Gottesfeld said that he believes his conditions will be met.

She added:

If the candidates make the pledge but don’t make good on it, he plans to strike again.

He faces up to five years in prison and a $380,000 fine.

For now, it remains to be seen if the presidential candidates will consider his demands. Given Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s previous thoughts on what he thinks should be done to Edward Snowden if he became president, you have to wonder what kind of reception Martin Gottesfeld will receive from him.

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Anonymous India: Mobile Network Reliance Jio is Sharing Call Data with Advertisers

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The hacking group Anonymous is accusing the telecom network, Reliance Jio, of sharing its call data with advertisers in the U.S. and Singapore.

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In a recent blog post, Anonymous India exposes how Reliance Jio has been sharing customers’ call data with foreign companies. Anonymous India also provide steps to see how Reliance Jio are sharing the data.

It said:

A year ago we had posted about how Reliance Jio was sharing user location data with China. One year on and nothing has changed.

In the blog post, Anonymous India claims that data from Reliance Jio’s My Jio and Jio Dialer apps are being sent to an advertiser called Mad.Me. It further adds that Reliance Jio is utilizing a third-party software development kit and is failing to verify what data is being sent and collected through it.

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Reliance Jio Accused a Second Time

This, however, isn’t the first time that Anonymous India has accused Reliance Jio.

Last year the hacker activist group highlighted in another blog post that Reliance Jio had security flaws in its RJio chat app.

According to the 2015 post, data was being sent to a Chinese IP without encrypting it beforehand. This meant that while data was being leaked to the Chinese, anyone who wanted to could easily look into a conversation and know what was being shared or discussed, making it vulnerable to hackers.

Anonymous Never Forgets

When it comes to bringing the wrongs of others to light, the hacker activist group, Anonymous, are not afraid of standing up to the challenge.

At the beginning of the year, Anonymous targeted Thai police after protesting the conviction of two Burmese men who faced a death sentence in connection to two murdered British backpackers.

In May, Hacked reported that Anonymous had played a significant role in the target of financial institutions such as Greece’s central bank, which was targeted in a DDoS attack. According to the report, Anonymous consider central banks around the world as a ‘global banking cartel.’

In a bid to target those that it believes should be targeted, bringing greater awareness to the public, it seems that the hacktivist collective Anonymous won’t be stopping anytime soon.

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