Hacker group promises more attacks until it 'stops being angry'

Hacker group promises more attacks until it 'stops being angry'

Summary: Anonymous, the online collective engaged in a global cyber-war with the pro-copyright industry, has said it will not end its attacks until it stops being angry at its enemies.

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Anonymous, the online collective engaged in a global cyber-war with the pro-copyright industry, has said it will not end its attacks until it stops being angry at its enemies.

In an interview on Wednesday with security company PandaLabs, which has been in contact with Anonymous since the attacks and counter-attacks began, an organizer of the group said Anonymous had a mission to "fight back against the anti-piracy lobby". The organiser said that the collective had been provoked by the UK Digital Economy Bill and "'three-strikes legislation in the EU" — a possible reference to France's Hadopi laws or MEPs' recent backing of a copyright crackdown document. The spokesperson added that their attacks would "keep going until we stop being angry".

The attacks by Anonymous, which describes itself as non-hierarchical anarchy, began after an Indian security firm called AiPlex Software assaulted the servers of file-sharing sites such as The Pirate Bay with distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) assaults. Anonymous responded with its own DDoS attacks in a campaign called 'Operation Payback', first targeting the websites of US rights holder groups the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), then turning to smaller companies such as AiPlex and UK law firms who act on behalf of rights holders.

For more of this story, read Anonymous will attack until it 'stops being angry' on ZDNet UK.

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  • RE: Hacker group promises more attacks until it 'stops being angry'

    They'll stop being angry when they grow up. If they grow up.
    FredC1212
    • No kidding

      @FredC1212
      Whether or not you agree with MPAA, RIAA, PirateBay, or whatever, these guys come across like a bunch of 10 year olds throwing a temper tantrum.
      NonZealot
    • Oh that Anonymous

      @FredC1212 You're confused. This is the Pirate Bay Support Anonymous not to be confused with the Anonymous who donate thousands of $$$ to the cult of scientology or the Anonymous who campaigns to raise awareness of the dangers of the cult of scientology or the Anonymous who helps old ladies across the street or the Anonymous who feeds starving children in Africa or Alcoholics Anonymous or the many other Anonymous out there. Of course there really is no Anonymous group and we really all can be Anonymous.
      DeanFox
  • RE: Hacker group promises more attacks until it 'stops being angry'

    LOL, pretty funny when you think about it LOL

    www.complete-privacy.es.tc
    DingMoo
  • RE: Hacker group promises more attacks until it 'stops being angry'

    When did Anonymous become a hacker group? More like a mob of script kiddies.
    redbeanpaste
  • May the more determined win, since virtue is a non-factor here

    I think most of the silence on this issue reflects the fact most don't care at this late point. It's nearly impossible to tell the good guys from the bad anymore, when greed, hypocrisy and duplicity blur to equal measure from the cast of players and interests involved. As it is, I'm not sure whose goals and methodologies are less disagreeable, the digital anarchists or digital corporatists.

    Nobody likes being played for a fool, yet everybody is. I'll keep the lantern lit, but I have long since turned in.
    klumper
  • Wait, what?

    Anonymous spokesperson, eh? The loose group of internet users with no clear goal, identity, agenda, or organization has a spokesperson? I'm not claiming they're much less juvenile than this article portrays them, but this picture of Anonymous always emerges when a journalist is lazy enough to ask the first person claiming to be a "member of Anonymous" for a quote and then tries to pass them off as some authority on the subject. This individual is probably a 14 year old kid who spoke on the subject without anyone else being aware.

    Try digging a tad deeper. I'm not saying you'll find an entirely different story but at least you'll learn enough to know there's no "hacker group" actually involved here. A bunch of dudes on the internet got tired of a bunch of lobbyists policing their fun, so they attacked them using the same methods the lobbyists were using to screw with them. End of story.
    Internetz!?
  • Anonymous isn't that bad

    After all, it's a fact that charities receive significant amounts of money as Anonymous donations.

    (If you're going to lump everyone together as Anonymous, you have to count those too.)
    Rick Mycroft
  • Possible conflict of interest by Panda

    Isn't Panda Security still a member of WISE (World Institute of Scientology Enterprises)?
    Rick Mycroft
  • Which Anonymous?

    This would be the Pirate Bay Support Anonymous not to be confused with the Anonymous who donate thousands of $$$ to the cult of scientology or the Anonymous who campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of the cult of scientology or the Anonymous who helps old ladies across the street or the Anonymous who feeds starving children in Africa.
    DeanFox
  • RE: Hacker group promises more attacks until it 'stops being angry'

    Well at least we are doing something. Its hilarious you are critiq'ing us/them while excersizing your free internet speech. Ah...the irony of evelution.... Please...fight for something....anything?
    scottstarita1@...