These guys can make a difference. The world’s most famous hacker group – Anonymous – known for effectively shutting down their hacking nemesis security firms with clients such as Morgan Stanley and, unfortunately for them, Bank of America and HB-Gary, advocating the cause of Wikileaks, and the threat made by one of its members that now warns NATO, "This Is No Longer Your World!", has just launched communication #1 in its Operation “Empire State Rebellion.” The goal – engage in “a relentless campaign of non-violent, peaceful, civil disobedience” until the “power elite” steps down and the “Primary Dealers within the Federal Reserve banking system be broken up and held accountable for rigging markets and destroying the World`s economy effective immediately.”
The Anonymous manifesto:
- We are a decentralized non-violent resistance movement, which seeks to restore the rule of law and fight back against the organized criminal class.
- One-tenth of one percent of the population has consolidated wealth in unprecedented fashion and launched an all-out economic war against 99.9% of the population.
- We are not affiliated with either wing of the two-party oligarchy. We seek an end to the corrupted two-party system by ending the campaign finance and lobbying racket.
- Above all, we aim to break up the global banking cartel entered at the Federal Reserve, International Monetary Fund, Bank of International Settlement and World Bank.
- We demand that the primary dealers within the Federal Reserve banking system be broken up and held accountable for rigging markets and destroying the global economy, effective immediately. This is for Ben Bernanke.
- As a first sign of good faith we demand Ben Bernanke step down as Federal Reserve chairman.
- Until our demands are met and a rule of law is restored, we will engage in a relentless campaign of non-violent, peaceful, civil disobedience.
- In our next communication we will announce Operation Empire State Rebellion.
But the manifest is at least to a certain point not really solid, in my eyes. Because some weeks ago Gawker posted a story outing correspondence between users thought to be “leadership” members of the internet hacker and activist group Anonymous, one previously referred to in the press as non-hierarchical. In the chat logs, a clear chief can be seen giving orders to his fellow “anons” as the small group takes credit for hacking the emails of computer security firm HBGary and ravaging the security of Gawker.com back in December. The chat logs have since been revealed in full, leaked to the press by both dissident Anonymous members and journalists working to learn more about the group. With its profile raised amid fervent support for Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks and rebellion in the Middle East, plus battles with the Westboro Church and appearances on The Colbert Report, Anonymous is having something of a moment. But for a secretive group working illegally, that may not be a good thing. However now NATO’s report, issued last month, warned about the rising tide of politically-motivated cyberattacks, singling out Anonymous as the most sophisticated and high-profile of the known hacktivist groups:
“Today, the ad hoc international group of hackers and activists is said to have thousands of operatives and has no set rules or membership. It remains to be seen how much time Anonymous has for pursuing such paths. The longer these attacks persist the more likely countermeasures will be developed, implemented, the groups will be infiltrated and perpetrators persecuted.”
The report read, also asking.
“Can one invoke Article 5 of the Washington Treaty after a cyber attack? And what response mechanisms should the Alliance employ against the attacker? Should the retaliation be limited to cyber means only, or should conventional military strikes also be considered?”
In response, Anonymous issued a lengthy statement (Google-cached version; the site is having server issues currently) that says, in part:
“We do not wish to threaten anybody’s way of life. We do not wish to dictate anything to anybody. We do not wish to terrorize any nation. We merely wish to remove power from vested interests and return it to the people – who, in a democracy, it should never have been taken from in the first place.
The government makes the law. This does not give them the right to break it. If the government was doing nothing underhand or illegal, there would be nothing ‘embarassing’ [sic] about Wikileaks revelations, nor would there have been any scandal emanating from HBGary. The resulting scandals were not a result of Anonymous’ or Wikileaks’ revelations, they were the result of the CONTENT of those revelations. And responsibility for that content can be laid solely at the doorstep of policymakers who, like any corrupt entity, naively believed that they were above the law and that they would not be caught. A lot of government and corporate comment has been dedicated to ‘how we can avoid a similar leak in the future’. Such advice ranges from better security, to lower levels of clearance, from harsher penalties for whistleblowers, to censorship of the press. Our message is simple: Do not lie to the people and you won’t have to worry about your lies being exposed. Do not make corrupt deals and you won’t have to worry about your corruption being laid bare. Do not break the rules and you won’t have to worry about getting in trouble for it.”
It goes on to warn,
“Do not make the mistake of challenging Anonymous. Do not make the mistake of believing you can behead a headless snake. If you slice off one head of Hydra, ten more heads will grow in its place. If you cut down one Anon, ten more will join us purely out of anger at your trampling of dissent.”
Quite when Anonymous started modelling itself after fictional terrorist organizations is unclear, but the message is just the opposite: NATO is on warning. How they’ll respond to this, if they’ll respond remains to be seen. But I doubt that I’m the only person hoping that any response will be far more measured than bringing up conventional military strikes again. Which I think was pure panic from the “power elite”
COMMENTARY: Looks like The New World Order has finally met its match. I have always found electronic terrorism or 'cyber warefare' very interesting. I actually knew a hacker, an amateur at that, who we had hired as a contractor to manage and administer our computer network. One night, during one of our bullshit sessions, we talked about hacking, and I asked him pointblank whether he could hack into our network. The answer was a resounding YES. So I asked him to prove it. He proceeded to run some kind of app on our servers that within five minutes was able to determine the username's and passwords for all company employees on the network. I was both shocked and impressed at the same time. He then told me anybody could do what he did, directing me to several websites where one could download apps to do the very same thing.
Needless to say, this experience woke me up to the world of hacking, so the very next day, we fired this individual, called a professional network security expert at great cost, ran a security scan of our system for botnets and trojans, changed all usernames and passwords, then changed our IP address. I didn't know you could do the latter. He also installed a new firewall (called Black-something or other) which he assured me could not be pierced by hackers. As far as we know our server was never illegally hacked again, but I cannot swear by it.
So how exactly do cyber terrorist groups like Anonymous carry out their attacks? Here are a few:
- Denial-of-service attacks - Computer users bombard website servers with data in the hopes of knocking them offline. Among targets have been companies, such as PayPal and MasterCard, as well as government sites, including the CIA's. Such attacks can cost tens of thousands of dollars for the victim, including the cost of defending against the attacks and improving security.
- Hacking - Break-ins into computer systems, potentially giving access to sensitive data such as customer information and internal emails. A hack into Sony's systems resulted in the theft of personal data of about 100 million online video-game users. Sony shut its popular PlayStation online network for nearly a month, and has estimated the attack cost it about $171 million. Anonymous participants said the group didn't orchestrate the attack, but couldn't rule out that someone involved in the group could be involved.
- Doxing - Involves finding personal information about people and disclosing it online. LulzSec this week claimed to rat out two U.S. individuals it said had "tried to snitch" on the group, apparently disclosing names, addresses and other contact information.
There are no shortage of hacking websites, everything from how-to hack sites, to sites where you can download hacking tools, and even hacking tutorial sites. Here's a pretty good listing. Some of the links are dead, but all the information for you to be come a professional hacker are HERE. By the way, I don't condone any bad or illegal behaviors that may result from visiting those sites. You are on your own.
World computer and network security experts working in conjunction with local and international law enforcement (FBI, interpol, etc.) organizations are working feverishly to identify, trackdown and arrest members of Anonymous and other hacking groups. And, from the looks of things, several arrests have already been made.
- January 27, 2011 - U.K. police arrested five young members of the hacktivist collective known as Anonymous in early morning raids today. The police came after three teenagers, ages 15, 16, and 19, as well as two men, ages 20 and 26. Times UK correspondent Alexi Mostrous says that Coldbood, Anonymous's unofficial spokesman, was one of the five.
- June 10, 2011 - Spain's National Police have today announced the arrest of three suspected hackers, who are believed to be leaders of a section of the infamous 'Anonymous' group. All three are Spaniards aged 30 to 32, said Manuel Vazquez, chief of the police’s high-tech crime unit. The three are suspected of hacking into Sony Playstation's user database.
- June 14, 2011 - Turkish law enforcement authorities, following the arrest of three suspects in Spain, arrested 32 “Anonymous” hackers—eight of which were minors—were detained in Turkey following an attack Thursday on the website of the country’s directorate of telecommunications, as part of a protest against Internet censorship. The mass arrests came on Sunday, the same day Turkey’s ruling AK party won a national election.
The above video displays so much anger and frustration with society. I can relate to business corruption, the wreckless manipulation of the monetary system, concentration of wealth, and non-responsiveness of government. Breaking up the financial system is not one of them, although I too agree that Ben Bernanke, the master of money printing (a.k.a. quantitative easing) needs to go.
In the following YouTube video from an Anonymous supporter or spokesperson, swears to hack into the infamous Wikileaks database and distribute and reveal the evil doings of the power elite. I love and support Wikileaks. Ask yourself: Do you trust your government and the big corporations? Here's that video:
I do not condone the activities of Anonymous, but I can certainly understand the frustration of these rebellious young revolutionaries. They believe the political system ignores and does not represent them, the rich are getting richer, and they are pissed off at the wealthy and big corporations, who they believe are exploiting them and really running things in the world today, so they strike back "non-violently" using the tools of cyber warfare.
Courtesy of an article dated June 16, 2011 appearing in Ray Alex blog