We are Legion.
One of the trickier places to hide on the internets is the Tor network, a volunteer run distributed network that allows users to bypass some measures of internet censorship and monitoring. But it has never been as clever as its users hoped. Traffic going into and out of the network can be intercepted and read, despite promises of anonymity. If you are just using Tor net for benign reasons, then you are safe enough under the “school of phish” rule. But, say if you were using the network for moving around vast amounts of kiddie porn, you stick out.
Anonymous saw that nail sticking out, and ripped out the nail before showing the world their catch. They have taken down over 40 Pedo-Bear approved child porn websites and revealed the indentifying information of 1,589 creeps.
Operation Darknet = Win.
More recently, a video attributed to anonymous has warned the Zetas Mexican drug cartel to release a fellow hacktavist who was kidnapped from a street protest. If the hacker is not released, Anonymous is threatening to release identities and addresses of the cartel’s associates from the full spectrum of cartel affiliates, from the lowest informer to governmental contacts. This information is presumed to already be exfiltrated. However, due to the structure of Anonymous, I am always hesitant to attribute a claim to the group until it happens. /b/ is not your personal army.
“Anonymous from Veracruz, Mexico, and the world, we want you to know that a member has been kidnapped when he was doing Paperstorm in our city.
We demand his release. We want the army and the navy to know that we are fed up of the criminal group Zetas, who have concentrated on kidnapping, stealing and blackmailing in different ways. One of them is charging every honest and hardworking citizen of Veracruz who busts their rears working day after day to feed their families.
We are fed up of journalists and newspapers of Xalapa, Córdoba and Orizaba because they are constantly crapping on honest authorities like the army and the navy.
We are fed up with taxi drivers, commanders and “police-zetas” officers of Xalapa, Córdoba, Orizaba, Nogales, Río Blanco and Camerinos… who are chickens and have made themselves the most loyal servants of these (expletive).
For the time being, we won´t post photos or the names … of the taxi drivers, the journalists or the newspapers nor of the police officers, but if needed, we will publish them including their addresses, to see if by doing so the government will arrest them.
We can´t defend ourselves with a weapon, but if we can do this with their cars, houses, bars, brothels and everything else in their possession … It won´t be difficult. We all know who they are and where they are.
(Images with sound of explosions)
You made a huge mistake by taking one of us. Release him. And if anything happens to him, you (expletive) will always remember this upcoming November 5th .
Knowledge is free. We are Anonymous. We are a legion. We don’t forgive. We don’t forget. Expect us.”
But it is refreshing to see the group taking down targets that everyone can hate together. The internet is serious business.
[Insert required Army Anon sentence. While I may at times agree with the ideology of the movement. I, in no way, condone their illegal tactics, methods, or breaches of the US Government’s systems.]