Former Anonymous hacker speaks out to Cisco

Former Anonymous hacker speaks out to Cisco

Summary: One fed-up former Anonymous member spills his thoughts about the international hacker ring to Cisco Security.

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Anonymous is a strange organization in the sense that it is not entirely organized. Sure, it has international recognition as a self-dubbed "hacktivist" network that gets involved with protests worldwide and infiltrates the websites and databases of corporations and governmental organizations alike.

But unity among its members hangs on by a threat, and some of them have become disenchanted with Anonymous -- some of whom spun off into the other most notable hacker association of the year, LulzSec.

One such former member has spoken out in a interview with Cisco Security's Jason Lackey. Going by the moniker "SparkyBlaze," offered some details about his offline identity (Caucasian; in his 20s; lives in Manchester, UK; likes guns) and his past involvement with and thoughts about Anonymous now:

JL: What are your thoughts on hacktivism?

SparkyBlaze: Hacktivism is an interesting subject. I love hacking and I believe in free speech and anti-censorship, so putting both together was easy for me. I feel that it is ok if you are attacking the governments. Getting files and giving them to WikiLeaks, that sort of thing, that does hurt governments. But putting user names and passwords on a pastebin doesn’t [impact governments], and posting the info of the people you fight for is just wrong...

JL: What is your take on the current status of the security industry?

SparkyBlaze: Information security is a mess, like I have just mentioned. Companies don’t want to spend the time/money on computer security because they don’t think it matters. They don’t encrypt the data nor do they get the right software, hardware and people required to stay secure. They don’t train their staff not to open attachments from people they don’t know. The problem isn’t the software/hardware being used… it is the people using it. You need to teach these companies why they need a good information security policy.

For the full interview, check it out on Cisco's security blog.

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  • RE: Former Anonymous hacker speaks out to Cisco

    "But unity among its members hangs on by a threat..." - Freudian slip? Pun? Typo?
    bmorgan357
    • RE: Former Anonymous hacker speaks out to Cisco

      @bmorgan357 That is the first thing that came to mind when I saw that line... can we get an explanation?
      Geuseppi
  • RE: Former Anonymous hacker speaks out to Cisco

    "But putting user names and passwords on a pastebin doesn?t [impact governments], and posting the info of the people you fight for is just wrong?"

    Indeed. These groups aren't really helping the people they claim to help - they're hurting them. And frankly, it's time ZDNet stopped using the term "hacktivism," because that's a load of crap, and I saw that it was a load of crap a million miles away, and I've been saying as much for a while now in the talkbacks. They're cyber criminals, not cyber activists.

    These people are not fighting for us. I do not want them to be speaking for us. I do not want them to represent us. I do not want them being associated with us.

    Call them the scumbags they truly are.

    "Hacktivism" is not a positive activity.

    "Hacktivism" is not a noble activity.

    "Hacktivism" is not a good activity.

    "Hacktivism" is not benefiting our people, our businesses, our government, or our society.

    I hereby ask ZDNet to do the right thing and stop calling these "hacktivist" groups. They're not worthy of such a label. We should not be attaching such a label to them.
    CobraA1
    • RE: Former Anonymous hacker speaks out to Cisco

      @CobraA1 Couldn't agree more! Nothing but scum playing games to inflate their sense of self worth.<br><br>And why do they all seem to be a bunch of kiddie butt pimples that have NEVER served anyone but themselves?
      timspublic1@...
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