ANONYMOUS

We Are Legion: The Story of Hacktivists is documentary about Anonymous.

Summary by FilmBuff:

“In recent years, the radical online community known as Anonymous has been associated with attacks or “raids” on hundreds of targets. Angered by issues as diverse as copyright abuse and police brutality, they’ve taken on child pornographers, the Bay Area Rapid Transit system and even forced a standoff with Mexican drug cartels. They are a legion of loud but largely masked geeks, hackers, pranksters and outraged citizens who have unwittingly redefined civil disobedience for the digital age, and found themselves in the middle of one of the most important battles of our time.”

Anonymous is a leaderless group made up of young individuals that hack into many accounts to protest. They have hacked into the mail server of the Syrian Ministry of Presidential Affairs and sent over 2.4 million e-mails to Wikileaks. On February 10th, they took responsibility of taking down the CIA’s website for more than 5 hours. They are known to have hacked into Sarah Palin’s email, as well. These are only a few of the attacks they have done.

This group is working on building a citizen journalism website. They believe the work they are accomplishing will be beneficial to the cyber-world, but will this be the start of cyber wars? China and Iran are already hacking into United States Twitter accounts and other websites. Will World War III be an online based battle?

 

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