Anonymous: Cyber-Superheroes or Master Manipulators?

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The Patriot Resistance is looking for a hero.

Anonymous, the group of hacker activists, has applied for the position.

Their resume includes hacking the US Federal Trade Commission and taking down the Department of Justice website.  They send sternly worded warnings before the cyber-attacks take place.  It’s the kind of thing that makes the rest of us yearn to learn Linux and code so that we can participate in the fun.

But are we jumping on a bandwagon designed to take us for a quick ride to the closest Fema Re-education Center?  Is Anonymous actually on our side, or is the group actually a psy-ops plant – an agent  provocateur?

The members of Anonymous have set themselves up as the cyber-Robin Hoods of the internet.  They have issued a statement informing the world of their plan to take down the ‘net this Saturday.

“To protest SOPA, Wallstreet, our irresponsible leaders and the beloved bankers who are starving the world for their own selfish needs out of sheer sadistic fun, on March 31, anonymous will shut the Internet down.”

The attack will target the Domain Name Servers, which will make it impossible to reach a destination on the net without knowing the actual IP address of that website.

In the spirit of resistance, I’d like to applaud any effort to slow down the efforts of the global elite and the de facto government (or at the very least, really annoy them). HOWEVER………………….

This reeks of the CO-INTEL program. “COINTELPRO (an acronym for Counter Intelligence Program) was a series of covert, and often illegal, projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at surveiling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting domestic political organizations.”

I’m far from the only person who is suspicious of Anonymous. While it’s a topic of conjecture, there are too many links to federal agencies for me to be on the Hackers R Us bandwagon.

Remember how quickly the unPatriot Act followed the 9/11 attacks? It only took 6 weeks for that particular attack on our Constitutional rights to pass through the Congress to the desk of President Bush.

The internet take-down (if it does indeed occur on Saturday) will be a false flag event that will allow the de facto government to come up with a new internet unPatriot Act law. The new restrictions will make SOPA, PIPA and ACTA look like games at a Libertarian Party picnic. By exposing the vulnerability of our grid and our financial systems, the de facto government will frighten people into believing the coming censorship is, as always, “for our own good.”

Another clue that Anonymous is not what it presents itself to be is the group’s visibility in the mainstream media.

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  • Not that i support Anonymous fully, but the DNS attack you are referring to was a fake threat made by an unrelated party. they tweeted it on their @anonops page. the Root DNS servers are well protected from attacks especially Denial of service Attacks. considering this handful of servers protects the whole HTTP structure of the US internet, don’t you think someone would have thought of a threat like that?

  • Anonymous

    You Have to make use of the tools you have while you still have them. The internet unpatriot act you speak of isn’t really a question of will but when. Anonymous isn’t claiming to be underground. It would be stupid not to take advantage of mainstream media. Also twitter and facebook are only as mainstream as the people you follow. I don’t know about you but if it isn’t an underground barely heard of site (no offense) anonymous and occupy are seldom on the front page, usually things pertaining to those movments are found in the tech section or not at all. Whatever their true intentions whoever they are they have set a course and people have responded. You don’t have to be a hacker or a criminal to be a part of the group. Anyone can be anonymous. Even you.

  • Paul

    Seems very unlikely to me that anon is run by the gov’t. it certainly wasnt originally butvthat may have changed.