Anonymous releases an OS?

Summary:A Tumblr webpage has been created for a new operating system called "Anonymous-OS Live." At least two reliable sources for Anonymous news says the OS isn't what you think it is.

Update: SourceForge pulls Anonymous-OS

Someone has created an operating system and named it after the hacktivist group Anonymous. Dubbed Anonymous-OS Live, the software is reportedly an Ubuntu 11.10-based 32-bit distribution using the Mate desktop.

It comes pre-installed with the following apps: ParolaPass Password Generator, Find Host IP, Anonymous HOIC, Ddosim, Pyloris, Slowloris, TorsHammer, Sqlmap, Havi, Sql Poison, Admin Finder, John the Ripper, Hash Identifier, Tor, XChat IRC, Pidgi, Vidalia, Polipo, JonDo, i2p, Wireshark, Zenmap, and so on.

Those behind it says it's "created for educational purposes" and for "checking the security of web pages." They also warn not to use any of the tools "to destroy any web page" because doing say may make mean you "end up in jail because is a crime in most countries!"

Wait a minute; that doesn't sound like Anonymous (and we're not just talking about grammar here). Right you are. The Twitter account YourAnonNews, which has 556,000 followers had similar thoughts:

#Protip - Don't use Anonymous OS, we don't know anything about it and can't vouch for it. Because stupid f***s can't read. @_C0nstellati0n_, Anonymous OS can't be trusted please think before you use it. We're NOT vouching for it. Disclaimer: We are not responsible for other people's lack of common sense. We repeatedly posted Anon-OS is not to be trusted. #Anonymous OS: Review | http://goo.gl/DQ4sP

The Twitter account AnonOps, which has 300,000 followers, sent out the following two messages:

The Anon OS is fake it is wrapped in trojans. RT Newsroom: "#Anonymous‘Anonymous-OS' is fake" (En, Es, Fr, It) >>

Whoever is behind the operating system responded with the following post:

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!

Thousands have already downloaded the 1.5GB file named "Anonymous-OS_0.1.iso" – just yesterday the number of downloads was at 4,600, while at the time of writing SourceForge reports over 37,000 downloads. There's not including the torrent file, which is of course harder to use for tracking the number of completed downloads. If you're one of those downloading the OS, or want to be, use it at your own risk.

Update: SourceForge pulls Anonymous-OS

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Topics: Operating Systems, Malware, Security, Software

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Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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