Anonymous Cyber Terror or is it Us?

Posted: January 17, 2012 in Cyber Terror and Piracy
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Anonymous is a group initiating active civil disobedience and spreading through out the Internet while staying hidden. Originating in 2003 on the image board 4chan, representing the concept of many online community users simultaneously existing as an anarchic, digitized global brain.

The name Anonymous itself is inspired by the perceived anonymity under which users post images and comments on the Internet. A tag of Anonymous is assigned to visitors who leave comments without identifying the originator of the posted content. As the popularity of imageboards increased, the idea of Anonymous as a collective of unnamed individuals became an internet meme.

They have claimed participation in many different organized DDoS attacks or hacking various businesses. Including thirteen different attacks up to August of 2011 from as far back as 2006. Be sure to view the video on Annonymous’ message to the American people.

Quite an interesting form of “evolution” isn’t it? Ever since the internet revolution in the 90’s so called “terror groups” are turning to cyber crime. For the most part though these groups are harmless and intend on keeping the political goons and bank gurus in check, an online arm of the people if you will.
I must point out that it would seem a DoS(denial-of-service), DDoS(distributed-denial-of-service), or RDoS(reflected-denial-of-service) attack does nothing more than temporarily hinder a site. As said best by a colleague of mine, who just happens to prefer to remain anonymous, “using cyber attacks to knock down an entity’s website is pointless and insignificant unless the targeted website is the entity’s exclusive source of income- it’s merely a temporary annoyance and wont be a catalyst for anything more than a change in the entity’s security measures.”

The original story can be found on examiner.com.

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