Giving A Face To Anonymous: A Meeting With A Member Of The Secret Society Of Hackers Jun15

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Giving A Face To Anonymous: A Meeting With A Member Of The Secret Society Of Hackers

Here’s the thing about the secret international brotherhood of Internet bandits called Anonymous: It’s kind of hard to get an interview with them. When you offer revolutionary groups a chance to say their piece to a mass audience, they generally get back to you within two to three hours, but Anonymous isn’t a group.

Or that’s what they’d say, anyway, if you could get them to talk. Most of the time they don’t, except in 1980s robot voices. But more on that later.

There’s been a lot of curiosity about Anonymous lately, and fortunately for the inquiring journalist, lots of non-anonymous people have been talking about them. The most recent flurry of chatter began on Friday, when police in Spain said they’d hunted down three members of the group (or the alliance, or whatever you want to call them), which had incurred Spain’s wrath back in March by temporarily knocking out the website of the national government.

Then, on Monday, it was announced that the Turkish police had captured 32 additional suspected members. A few days before, Anonymous had taken over the website of the Turkish Telecommunications Authority and shut it down. In other words, if you went to the national telecommunications website that day to find out why your phone wasn’t working, you instead found that the website wasn’t working, and you had a tantrum.

And then, on Monday and again Tuesday, came the reports that hit closest to home: Anonymous was going after the Federal Reserve. Even for a group that essentially set off a series of attacks that brought the multinational giant Sony to its knees in April, this seemed like awfully big prey. Yet if you doubt the group’s ability to do damage to a powerful adversary, you probably don’t realize that it’s already landed big blows against some pretty sizable opponents – to begin with, Sony, and MasterCard, and Iran. Or that its members recently broke into the website of HBGary, an internet security firm whose CEO threatened to out Anonymous members, and published 50,000 internal emails and the CEO’s social security number, humiliating him into resigning from the company.

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