Inside Anonymous: the "hacktivists" in their own words

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  1. anon0004 Member

    Inside Anonymous: the "hacktivists" in their own words

    Members of the 'Anonymous' group tell Kevin Rawlinson about their hacking campaign

    Thursday, 9 June 2011

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    Their cyber attacks on governments and corporations have seen the loose collective of hackers known only as “Anonymous” pass from obscurity to becoming the byword for online guerrilla warfare. Nevertheless, the group has remained an enigma.
    Today though, in a series of interviews, Anonymous members speak out, promising to step up their campaign of attacks and revealing that they have hacked Whitehall websites. They speak of ambitions on the part of some of their number to hack British police servers and also of fears for their own futures, because of the widespread infiltration of cyber hackers by security services.
    Anonymous has already hit the likes of MasterCard and Paypal but its list of possible targets is huge, members say. One promises future hacks that are “large and impressive”. Another said members had been discussing how to breach the UK’s Police National Computer (PNC), which contains details of crimes, to “delete a few user records”.

    He said there are users of the site’s chatrooms currently doing “a lot of research on this, seeing if there are any possibilities”. But, because the PNC is “not connected to the internet, as such”, he described talk of an attack as “just a joke” for the time being.
    The member, who helps run one of the group’s websites, added that – because of Anonymous’ “leaderless structure” – which target will be next is entirely “up to the users”.
    Pointing out that not all hacks are malicious, one lone hacker with links to Anonymous – known online as “Pr0f” – said that he had broken into the Department for Transport’s (DfT’s) servers: “I got access to an English .gov server, but I left it untouched and stole no data. I managed to gain access to the databases on the server, which included a list of users and administrators, with emails, usernames, hashed passwords, and names and addresses and so on.”
    Those details belonged to several hundred DfT staff and members of the public, he said. “I had no issue with them. It was really just because I noticed a potential vulnerability and decided to see if it was exploitable.” The hacker left a message with the department and that particular security loop has since been closed.
    “[Hacking is] a little bit of showing off and embarrassment,” said Pr0f. He recently claimed to have carried out an attack on the sites of the governments of Dubai and Iran and said that, for the most part, his intention is to draw attention to his targets’ lack of security.
    “With attacks like Stuxnet and various other cyberwar-related events becoming more popular over the last few years, well, there are a lot of people who don’t care about avoiding harming people,” said Pr0f.
    He added: “Because of the nature of [my] Dubai hack, I ensured that all of those passwords were no longer in use. I will go to lengths to ensure I don’t risk harm to anyone. I feel that full disclosure of names, addresses, and other personal details is usually totally unnecessary. Username:password serves just as effectively.”
    Pr0f is still unsure what his next target will be – or he is unwilling to say. “I will probably give Dubai a rest, let them lick their wounds,” he said, adding that there are “an awful lot of countries out there that rule their citizens in a totalitarian manner”.
    In his experience, companies are “generally less secure” and, therefore, easier targets. “But I think there are quite a few governments in Africa and the Middle East that need a wake-up call,” he said.
    Anonymous members are notoriously security conscious. Interviews are rare and personal details off-limits. Journalists are sometimes asked to verify their own identities before interviews are granted and members only ever speak under cover of a pseudonym, most agreeing only to be quoted as “Anonymous”.
    The Obama administration warned late last month that the USA would consider hacking on the part of a foreign country “an act of war” and some hackers expressed concern for their own futures.
    “I am very cautious. I would not like to be under [security agencies’] scrutiny,” said Pr0f. But he insisted he was not scared of being prosecuted because “while I have committed crimes, I feel that if I get caught, then that’s fair”, adding that he sees himself as a martyr to his cause.
    Other members said they are “sure” that, because of its open nature, their network is infiltrated by police and security services.
    One hacker, who was heavily involved in the attacks on the banks who blacklisted WikiLeaks in the wake of the diplomatic cables furore, admitted that he gets concerned “especially every time some group tries to dox me” (publish personal details online). He said: “It’s not that the dox are accurate, so much as getting that much attention isn’t conducive to staying out of the Government’s crosshairs.”
    A colleague claimed he was raided by the FBI and had equipment confiscated. He said he would term many Anonymous members “innocents” because “they hear about us on the news and join to be part of it. Many take no action themselves but are here in support because they believe in the reasons why Anonymous does some of the things they do”.
    Anonymous has always insisted – much to the confusion of media and public alike – that its membership is informal and those running the group’s sites are not always aware of the actions of members, who may be acting as individuals or as members of sub-groups. Membership can be anything from expressing support for the movement to hacking a large multinational organisation – or anything in between.
    One member explained that people within the group choose which things interest them and join those operations only. “AnonOps (used for planning Anonymous operations) is run by a small group of operators. In that sense they ‘control’ things but far more control is exerted by the Channel operators in the different operations,” he said.
    Individual members have their own methods and motivations for hacking. Some will simply bombard the target’s server with requests for information, stopping bona fide users accessing the site. Others choose to deface a site, while there are those who choose to release often highly sensitive data stolen from its databases.
    Because of its notoriety, the group’s name has become synonymous with “hacktivism”. The first reaction of many on hearing of the attacks on PSN was to assume it was the work of Anonymous, a theory apparently given weight when a file said to have been planted by the group turned up on Sony’s servers. But there are myriad other groups, most notably Lulz Security, who claim to have carried out multiple attacks on Sony as well as on the PBS and Fox News websites.
    Anonymous members have always been at pains to insist that the original Sony hack – the biggest ever online consumer data breach – was nothing to do with it. But the group admits that, because of the its informal structure, it cannot rule out the possibility that the hack was carried out by a member acting without the authority of the organisation.
    Anonymous itself has faced accusations that it acts as ‘judge, jury and executioner’ in selecting targets which meet with its disapproval. But members rejected the notion, saying: “just because people have negative perceptions of us doesn’t mean our opinions are suddenly invalidated. If we feel something is wrong, we do what we can to fix it.”
  2. mojo Member

    good to know anonymous has remained an enigma!
  3. WhiteNight Member

    England approves of this.
  4. Anonymous Member

    still no mention that so many members of Anonymous members do not know how to hack their way out of a wet paper bag and have never participated in anything.
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  5. over9000OT Member

    LOL WUT?
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  6. AnonyRabbit Member

    The question is here, do they have to?

    I have quite some computer knowledge, but i'm far from a hacker and i don't think i ever will be.
    Anonymous also needs members to discuss stuff, protest, wear Guy Fawkes masks and wave flags and posters.

    Better leave the hackers indoor and the protesters going out in the wild, this will keep them a bit safer from being arrested.
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  7. Anonymous Member

    LOL WUT?
  8. oZONo Member

  9. Anonymous Member

    We have members nao?
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  10. Anonymous Member

    ITT: nerds nitpick over wording and relationship to their own world of anonymous.
  11. Anonymous Member

    This could just be misinformation coming from the Feds, but maybe it's a GOOD thing for Anonymous that it's something more (or less) than just a bunch of hackers...

  12. Ogsonofgroo Member

    I actually really like this reply, people 'out in the wild' is like, sexy~intriguing~beguiling~raw... on the other hand, could be stupid and retarded too, hm, flip a coin.
    Oh, to OP, it is discussed, dissected, debated, berated, masturbated, flobulated, conjugated, investigated, integrated, out-of-dated, boring stuff.

    (highly suspect Herro has run out of cool ideas :p )
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  13. Anonymous Member

    In other words: The harder one tries to be edgy, the lamer one gets. Don't try so hard.
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  14. Anonymous Member

    Seems kind of inevitable that in a context (like online anonymity) in which authenticating anything is impossible authenticity becomes a fetish dream
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  15. veravendetter Member

    Yes, and they need to be databased.

  16. Ogsonofgroo Member

  17. Herro Member

    Do they make any bigger than 2 1/4'' ?
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  18. I like honey on my waffles.
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  19. exOT8Michael Member

    I can't help thinking that OSA would LOVE to just position Anonymous with "evil haxors" to try to deal with the enigmatic internet phenomenon of Chanology that exposes Scientology's crimes. Pr0f could be an OSa paid stooge for all we know, especially as he/she/shit is bragging about hacktivism plus Anonymous all in the same interview.
  20. Anonymous Member

    Is this really the center of the Universe?
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  21. exOT8Michael Member

    No, it is over in /b/. :-P
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  22. veravendetter Member

    It's difficult to say. I've heard rumours of the 'gold set', but those that would need it don't associate it with the likes of me.
  23. Nightman Member

    What's a hack... are you talking about that old school fader program for aol? You know, the one that input html codes in pst/chat rooms that would kick people off line or make pretty designs?
  24. Herro Member

    No I'm talking about yo momma.
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  25. veravendetter Member

    These deaf guys are signing 'sum shid' about his momma too.
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  26. oZONo Member

  27. Anonymous Member

    Nah, that's just ex-scilons trying to do word-clearing
  28. hell and i thought this was a pic of the importance of anon members based on their dick sizes.
  29. oZONo Member

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  30. DeathHamster Member

    Stories always use pictures of Anonymous protesting in masks to decorate stories about Anonymous involved in activities that don't involve protesting in masks...
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  31. antianonymous Member

    Lol 1st off you Europeans really need to fuck off. If you own a computer as it stands, than you have many provages that most of the world doesn't have.
    2nd every time something bad happens and anonymous did it, it was not anon.

    Stop ruining people's lives by trying to make it better. I really hope that the government shuts all servers down, cause than you will all be nothing.
  32. Anonymous Member

    LOL that was funny
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  33. Anonymous Member

    I want provages. Where do we get them?
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  34. antianonymous Member

    Lmao, autocorrect is a bitch. Privileges, gay anon. Privileges.
  35. Anonymous Member

    So how come YOU are posting here anonymously then, faggot?
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  36. antianonymous Member

    Because, faggot anon, I am hitting the bee hive, (/b/ is the hornets nest), I will get stung.
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  37. Anonymous Member

    I don't think Anonymous will be bothered to persue a 7 year old. Relax. That's the kind of thing scientology would do. Go troll them instead.
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  38. antianonymous Member

    Oh but you have no idea, I am the beginning of the antianon society, one that will grow larger than you ever will. We have over 9000 members and continuing to grow. We are not scientoligists, most of us are athiest, bit it's what you are that we hate. This idea of anarchy and dictatorship ruled by anon is pitiful and you must be crushed. Without Internet you are nothing.
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