PEOPLE REPRESENTING Anonymous hacktivists have reacted angrily to claims by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that it has been dismantled.
The claim was made in a report at the Huffington Post and was soon rubbished by the hacktivists.
Austin P. Berglas, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's cyber division in New York told the Huffington Post that FBI agents devastated Anonymous when they arrested a series of Lulzsec members.
"All of these guys [arrested] were major players in the Anonymous movement and a lot of people looked to them just because of what they did," he said.
"The movement is still there, and they're still yacking on Twitter and posting things, but you don't hear about these guys coming forward with those large breaches. It's just not happening, and that's because of the dismantlement of the largest players."
There have been a number of arrests and a number of people have been charged, but Anonymous claims it is still active, and in an interview with news website Ryot.org someone claiming to represent Anonymous dismissed the agent's claims.
"So the FBI took out a handful of hackers. It's funny that they're bragging about it like they actually captured a terrorist or something - which we've learned over the past decade, especially 2013, they aren't very good at," said a representative for the group in an email to the website. "Agent Berglas clearly has no understanding of what Anonymous is."
According to the FBI agent hackers can get carried away with the idea of being "anonymous" and make the kinds of mistakes that alert the authorities to their activities.
"It's easy to sit behind a computer and think you're anonymous and do these illegal types of activity, whether it's hacking into a company or trading child pornography or buying and selling stolen identities," he said.
"But it's just a matter of time before these criminals make mistakes and we capture them. All it takes is just one time." µ