Anonymous' iconic logo was quietly trademarked in France in February, but now that Anonymous has found out, it's not going to take it lying down.
(Credit: Anonymous )
Twitter user Asher_Wolf picked up on the trademark application (PDF) yesterday, but the application was first filed with the Institut National De La Propriete Industrielle (INPI) in France on 16 February 2012 by Apollinaire Auffret from Early Flicker, encompassing both the Anonymous logo and slogan.
Early Flicker has an eBay store that appears to sell a variety of Anonymous-themed T-shirts.
Following the revelation yesterday, Anonymous has responded via a YouTube video, and has promised distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on Early Flicker's websites.
"Their arrogance and ignorance of what they have done will not go unpunished. Anonymous will take down any business they have going on the internet, and the 99 per cent will not stop until the registration has been revoked and a public apology has been made," Anonymous states in the video.
It comes as Anonymous recently stepped up its attacks in Australia. Last week, the group exploited vulnerabilities with hosting company Melbourne IT to deface Queensland government websites and leak customer data from AAPT.
Anonymous said that it released AAPT's customer data in protest of the government's proposal to require internet service providers (ISPs) to retain customer data for up to two years in case the data is needed for criminal investigations.