p2pnet view P2P:- Contrary to the “repeated claims of Anonymous members, the group does have ad hoc leaders, with certain members doling out tasks, selecting targets, and even dressing down members who get out of line”.
Gawker, whose servers were hacked and “Nearly 1.25 million accounts, including more than 500,000 user e-mails and more than 185,000 decrypted passwords, were posted to the Pirate Bay”, said p2pnet last December, quoting Slate.
Now, “Dissident members of the internet hacktivist group Anonymous, tired of what they call the mob’s ‘unpatriotic’ ways, have provided law enforcement with chat logs of the group’s leadership planning crimes, as well as what they say are key members’ identities”, says Gawker, stating:
“They also gave them to us.”
Aaron Barr, erstwhile head of HBGary Federal, a company which boasted of its work with high-level US government intelligence and security agencies, said much the same thing, to his and his boss’, Greg Hoglund, regret.
Now Gawker is running what it says are chat logs covering “several days in February immediately after the group hacked into internet security firm HBGary’s e-mail accounts”.
They offer a “fascinating look inside the hivemind’s organization and culture”, says the story, going on >>>
They demonstrate that, contrary to the repeated claims of Anonymous members, the group does have ad hoc leaders, with certain members doling out tasks, selecting targets, and even dressing down members who get out of line. They prove that, contrary to their claims, at least one of the hackers responsible for releasing the publishing the e-mail addresses of thousands of Gawker users last December is in fact a key member of Anonymous. They show a collective of ecstatic and arrogant activists driven to a frenzy by a sense of their own power — they congratulated one another when Hosni Mubarak resigned, as though Anonymous was responsible — and contain bald admissions of criminal behavior that could serve as powerful evidence in criminal proceedings if the internet handles are ever linked to actual people.
The logs are from an invite-only IRC chat channel called #HQ, populated by people calling themselves Sabu, Kayla, Laurelai, Avunit, Entropy, Topiary, Tflow, and Marduk.
They were supplied by two individuals who go by the names Metric and A5h3r4 and describe themselves as former Anonymous supporters who became increasingly disenchanted with the movement’s tactics, particularly the extent to which the group’s more sophisticated members tolerate children and teens participating in risky operations (British authorities arrested a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old in January, and Dutch police arrested a 16-year-old in December). They recently launched a firm they call Backtrace Security.
“The bastards are becoming arrogant sociopaths,” said A5h3r4 via chat. “Acting first, not thinking of the consequences. They’re recruiting children. I am a pretty far left person — I believe in privacy and free expression, but Anonymous is a vigilante group now. A mob without conscience. And I worry they will radicalize even more. In short, I believe they’re on their way to becoming a genuine threat.”
Adds the post, after quoting chat logs, “When we repeated Metric and A5h3r4′s claims that Anonymous had become megalomaniacal and vindictive, [self-styled Anonymous spokesman Barrett] Brown replied: “I can also confirm that we have become vindicative megalomaniacs.”
Definitely stay tuned.
Gawker – Inside Anonymous’ Secret War Room, March 18, 2011
p2pnet – Gawker Media servers hacked, December 15, 2010
Slate – Was Your Gawker Password Hacked?, December 13, 2010
much the same thing – HBGary Federal’s Aaron Barr hits the road, March 1, 2011
Anonymous spokesman – Anonymous leader identified: Barrett Brown, March 9, 2011
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
World War III will be a global information war with no division between civilian & military participation ~ Marshall McLuhan
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