The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to get the most feathers with the least hissing - Jeane Baptiste Colbert
AN OPERATING SYSTEM (OS) that supposedly comes from the hacktivist group Anonymous has been denounced by the hackers, who are calling it a fake.
The so-called 'Anonymous OS' is on Sourceforge and has around 20,000 downloads. Its description says that it is a Ubuntu based Linux distribution "created for educational purposes, to checking the security of web pages".
"Please don't use any tool to destroy any web page :) If you attack to any web page, might end up in jail because is a crime in most countries!," it adds. "*** The user has total responsibility for any illegal act. ***"
The operating system comes bundled with a number of software packages installed including Parolapass Password Generator, Find Host IP, Anonymous HOIC, Slowloris, Torshammer, Sqlmap, Sql Poison, Admin Finder, John the Ripper, Tor, XChat IRC, and Pidgin.
Anonymous is calling it out as a fake that is riddled with backdoors and viruses, however, an accusation that its creators have attempted, rather badly, to defend themselves against.
The Anon OS is fake it is wrapped in trojans. RT— AnonOps (@anonops) March 15, 2012
"Anonymosus-OS is wrapped in trojans?," says a post linked to the software on the Tumblr web site.
"The #anonops on their twitter account say 'That Anonymous-OS is wrapped in trojans.' Please people... in our world, in Linux and opensource world, there is not virus. If any user believe that Anonymous-OS 'is wrapped in trojans' or 'backdoored OS by any Law enforcement Company or Hacker' please don't download it! But don't mislead the world that Linux is dangerous and has trojans!"
Others commenting on Twitter have disagreed with this.
The release comes shortly after it was revealed that the Antisec movement was largely controlled by the FBI and its informant Anonymousabu. Anonymous has been careful to remind its users about the risks they face, and has urged them to cover their tracks when protesting.
However the 'Anonymous' that posted the operating system departed from the hactivist group's canonical message in the rider it added. It said, "We are Anonymous. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Don't expect us, we are already here!" µ
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