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Anonymous and Lulzsec take on the heavens

Fri Jul 22 2011, 15:35
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Aiming For The Other Planets: Going Forward
While we await the possibility of seeing some of the News Corporation emails, or perhaps more documents from NATO, Anonymous and Lulzsec are setting their sights on other targets.

A UK branch of Anonymous that has tweeted about Operation Britain took down the web site They said they would keep attacking the web site "till he starts telling the truth." However, it turned out that this was not his official web site, but rather one that slates him and other politicians, so they ceased their attack. It's not yet clear if the hackers will go after official government web sites now.

A Colombian branch hacked the Facebook pages of Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos and former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe, asking citizens of the country not to celebrate, but to "demand your rights and liberties" instead.

Anonymous is also working on its own social network Anonplus after it was kicked off Google+ for breaking its terms and conditions. In an ironic twist, Sophos Security reports that Anonplus was hacked by Turkish hackers who don't approve of what Anonymous is doing, telling it to "go to your doghouse".

In response to the arrests by the FBI of over a dozen people suspected of involvement with Anonymous, the hacking groups said that they are here to stay and will fight against corruption and conspiracy.

A video was also released by Anonymous explaining some of its motivations. It said it was working towards "positive change". It highlighted that Anonymous has no leaders, dose not centralise its operations and has "no targets, only outcomes".

On Twitter the group said, "We're not your enemy but your citizens! The sooner you give up, the less casualties we will have. Also: We didn't start the fire."

Another video makes use of the famous and powerful Charlie Chaplin speech from The Great Dictator, which Anonymous claims sums up its message.

Where it goes from here is anyone's guess, but what is certain is that for the immediate future we can expect to see Anonymous hit the headlines with more hacks of the rich and powerful. µ


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