A NEW BREED OF HACKTIVIST has arrived calling itself Malicious Security or Malsec.
The group has bubbled along on Twitter for a while but made its first release today with a leak out of the Philippines. It says it has watched Anonymous over the last year and is ready to join its campaigns, though with a different flavour.
For example, where Anonymous has at times exposed individuals, like with the Sony attacks for example, Malsec will not.
"Malsec has new methods and ideas. We have witnessed aggressive hacks that included, the general public getting attacked, and credit card information being stolen. We also have witnessed Anonymous supporters harming each other within the collective," it said in a Youtube release by way of introduction.
"Do you not see that this is a tactic to divide us and make us lose sight of our goals, of what is truly important? We cannot sit by idly and watch as our values are ripped away and disgraced. This is ineffective and counterproductive to achieving our goal. We do not wish to take from the people, or to harm them, but rather to empower them."
There has been infighting among Anonymous and infamously at least one case of a turncoat with Anonymousabu. This could blur the Anonymous message, and like Malsec said, harm its intentions.
"Last year we saw "The Rise of the Hacktivists"; we saw what Anonymous and its associated collectives were capable of. This was the rise of the 99 [per cent]. In one year we achieved what was seemingly impossible. But our battle doesn't end there. We have only just begun," it added.
"This year will mark something new; something unseen by previous collectives of Anonymous. This will be 'The Year of Progress'. Where things are a little bit more than for the lulz. This will be for the win. Where we tackle critical points, rather than letting our efforts go unnoticed." µ
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