Hacktivism

Anonymous is a hacktivist group that claims it is a group that is “an Internet gathering” with “a very loose and decentralized command structure that operates on ideas rather than directives”. Anonymous aren’t necessarily heroes but people claim they aren’t the villains either.

All their acts tend to fight censorship, promote freedom of speech and fight government control. For example, Anonymous established a movement called “Operation Darknet”which specifically is campaigning against child pornography. The group hacked a website called “Lolita City” and released 1589 usernames from the site itself. Anonymous also stated that”We will make a stand once again with the destruction of freedom hosting, Lolita City, and any other website geared towards the trading of content with rape/pedophilia,” – Anonymous

Paul Asadoorian summarizes Anonymous quite well “Anonymous is like a jewelry thief that drives through a window, steal jewels, and rather than keep them, waves them around and tosses them out to a crowd,” said Paul Asadoorian, an independent security consultant. “They’re very noisy, low-grade crimes.”.

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