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Member Claims Anonymous "Might Well Be the Most Powerful Organization On Earth"

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the time-for-an-army dept.

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wasimkadak writes in with an interview with Anonymous member "Commander X" in which he talks about how the hacktivists are the most powerful group on the planet. "Christopher Doyon, a.k.a. Commander X, sits atop a hillside in an undisclosed location in Canada, watching a reporter and photographer make their way along a narrow path to join him, away from the prying eyes of law enforcement. It's been a few weeks of encrypted emails back and forth, working out the security protocol to follow for interviewing Doyon, one of the brains behind Anonymous, now a fugitive from the FBI. Doyon, who readily admits taking part in some of the highest-profile hacktivist attacks on websites last year — from Tunisia to Orlando, Sony to PayPal — was arrested in September for a comparatively minor assault on the county website of Santa Cruz, Calif., where he was living, in retaliation for the town forcibly removing a homeless encampment on the courthouse steps. The 'virtual sit-in' lasted half an hour. For that, Doyon is facing 15 years in jail."

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241 comments

Most powerful? (5, Informative)

Robert Zenz (1680268) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994387)

Oh really? [slashdot.org]

Re:Most powerful? (5, Informative)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994537)

Also less powerful than Amazon's cloud hosting [informationweek.com] or Lolita City [arstechnica.com] which survived Anonymous' best efforts (sadly).

Re:Most powerful? (5, Funny)

ddd0004 (1984672) | more than 2 years ago | (#39995005)

Well, not counting those guys, because getting beheaded is the ultimate DOS attack.

Re:Most powerful? (4, Funny)

niftydude (1745144) | more than 2 years ago | (#39995011)

Commander X is dreaming, I'm the most powerful organism on earth, who has the most powerful orgasms on earth, due to the fact that I have the most powerful organs on earth, and every so often I pop over to Utah to play the most powerful pipe organ on earth, and why the HELL am I reading an interview with a megalomaniacal fugitive, and also, how can a fugitive still have delusions of megalomania?

Re:Most powerful? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39995077)

Of course they are powerful, look at all the laws Anonymous has passed.

Oh yea? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39994389)

The new issue of Internet Tough Guy Magazine is out already?

Re:Oh yea? (5, Funny)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#39995119)

That's right. In this month's issue:

Walking the Tightrope: How much physical threatening is too much?

Dealing with NDT "we're dealing with a badass" image macros

Metal album covers as avatars: the Internet equivalent of a Tapout shirt

Skill of 1000 hackers: Interview with Ichsun

So wait... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39994407)

... Being able to interrupt poorly-secured websites for a matter of minutes makes you "the most powerful organization on earth"?

Re:So wait... (5, Funny)

Trepidity (597) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994575)

This is why, from 1996 to approximately 1999, Slashdot, with its feared cyberterror weapon "the Slashdotting", was widely considered the most powerful organization on earth.

Re:So wait... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39995131)

Sadly this was a case of "you only hurt the website you love".

Re:So wait... (3, Funny)

Hentes (2461350) | more than 2 years ago | (#39995409)

It would be awesome if we could Slashdot this article, thus putting these n00bz in their place. Come on guys, just a few refreshes...

Re:So wait... (4, Funny)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994625)

According to Barnes & Noble, if you can use basic script kiddie tools you're basically the bad guy from Die Hard 4.

Re:So wait... (1)

tnk1 (899206) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994743)

I'll have a reply to that in a minute, but right now I'm busy downloading the entire US financial system into my laptop from the backup mainframe. It will be a few minutes, tops.

Re:So wait... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39994759)

In related news, Microsoft claims that Windows is the best OS ever and Apple says their iProducts are made using pixie dust.

Re:So wait... (1)

NotBorg (829820) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994993)

Absolutely the most powerful. I don't know what they're waiting for. They should just go ahead and hold the world ransom.

ONE HUNDRED. BILLION. DOLLARS!! [youtube.com]

sounds about right.

Re:So wait... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39995171)

I agree they wouldn't even make the top 1000 "most powerful organizations on Earth" but... Doesn't matter if they succeed to take down a website for a minute or a year, or even if they succeed at all. What matters is that it gets the online community talking about the issue. That's where the power comes from. Is it the right kind of power or the wrong kind? That's up to each individual to decide.

Re:So wait... (2)

bws111 (1216812) | more than 2 years ago | (#39995265)

What exactly is 'the issue'? Also, getting the online community to talk does not require power. On the other hand, getting the online community to shut up would demonstrate real power.

In other words... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39994411)

...he got hit by them, and clearly only the world's best can do that.

Powerful in their own minds, maybe (5, Insightful)

finlandia1869 (1001985) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994415)

People running around and doing the equivalent of tearing down billboards and defacing storefronts. Big whoops. Last I checked, the major players in the global financial network have actual power. And most central/federal governments, too. This guy needs a cold beer and a sense of proportion. Ok, maybe not the latter; we know that's the one thing that no one in the universe can afford to have. Make it two beers, then.

Re:Powerful in their own minds, maybe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39994629)

I was actually going with: The first rule of anonymous: BE ANONYMOUS. The second rule of anonymous: BE ANONYMOUS. The third rule of anonymous: Execute anyone claiming to be anonymous, since they obviously aren't.

Re:Powerful in their own minds, maybe (5, Insightful)

jimbolauski (882977) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994695)

Delusion is the most power weapon they have in their arsenal, they realized their "power" when they attacked Scientology, and whipped it off the map. I would compare anonymous to a kid with a stick it's great for poking things bigger then you when there is a cage between you (anonymity), but as soon as there is no cage they have no real power as was shown with the Mexican cartel. If they truly want to see how powerless they are they can go ahead and release the classified data they claim they have and watch how many members are rounded up for treason. They think governments fear them but truly governments don't see them as a threat and as soon as that changes they're in for a sobering realization.

Re:Powerful in their own minds, maybe (5, Funny)

honestmonkey (819408) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994971)

Their chief weapon is surprise...surprise and fear...fear and surprise.... Their two weapons are fear and surprise...and ruthless efficiency.... Their *three* weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency...and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope.... Their *four*...no... *Amongst* their weapons.... Amongst their weaponry...are such elements as fear, surprise.... I'll come in again.

Ruthless efficiency? (3, Insightful)

Kupfernigk (1190345) | more than 2 years ago | (#39995331)

I am afraid that Commander X would seem to have been introduced neither to the FSB nor to Mossad. We know that because he hasn't yet had either a polonium milkshake or a Semtex phone.

Re:Powerful in their own minds, maybe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39995103)

When luzsec went on its little run, everyone said they were unstoppable too. Now they're all caught and in jail.

Re:Powerful in their own minds, maybe (3, Interesting)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994729)

15 years.

powerful in judges minds too. if that's real power or not is a wholly another matter..

thing with "anonymous" is though that potentially everyone is part of it. usually most "members" (probably like me and you) never do anything except maybe complain on forums about unjust sentences. this is pretty much also why most reporting on the issue is seriously fucked up. should just call them online flash mobs, that's what they are anyways.

(really, I guess he should have been out raping instead of flooding- hell, you could cause a real by blowing up a dam and claiming insanity and probably get off with less).

Re:Powerful in their own minds, maybe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39994761)

"I wanted to meet you. You've been making your investigative films for what, twenty years now? I wanted to ask: Have you changed anything? You've been uncovering disturbing things all over the world for twenty years now. Have you changed anything? You've worked very hard. Most people have no idea of the kind of work you've done. Intellectuals, critics, and activists follow your films closely, but culturally you're almost invisible, Mr. Pillinger. Have you changed anything?"
— Tony Stark to John Pillinger, an investigative journalist trying to nail Stark Enterprises for the damages their weapons have done

Re:Powerful in their own minds, maybe (4, Interesting)

davegravy (1019182) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994779)

They're best known for DOS attacks, but Doyon claims in the interview that they do much more than this. For example, the article mentions gaining access to sensitive email databases. He claims they often don't even need to hack to obtain these, that they're being provided by people in governments/corporations.

Whether it's true or not, I don't know. All I'm saying is that the claim to power is based on more than website defacing that they're best known for.

Re:Powerful in their own minds, maybe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39994907)

It isn't just defacing storefronts.
It is walking in, distracting them while you steal things and sell it to others.

Stop thinking Anonymous is 15 year old /b/tards who DDoS.
Anonymous is a parent set of hundreds of subsets, all from white hat to black hat and the varying grays in between.
Said 15 year olds are simply a distraction for most.
They in-fight, they recruit, they attack their own ways. Some of them actually know their shit and regularly browse seclists or in some cases even contribute.
That alone is a dangerous thing since it elevates them from script-kiddie to actual exploiter using possibly zero-day exploits.

The people (4, Insightful)

lwriemen (763666) | more than 2 years ago | (#39995041)

Last I checked, the major players in the global financial network have actual power. And most central/federal governments, too.

Only the people have the actual power. Financiers, governments, crackers, drug cartels, religions, etc. exist solely at the will of the people.

Re:The people (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39995345)

^ mod this up

Re:The people (4, Informative)

jamstar7 (694492) | more than 2 years ago | (#39995417)

Last I checked, the major players in the global financial network have actual power. And most central/federal governments, too.

Only the people have the actual power. Financiers, governments, crackers, drug cartels, religions, etc. exist solely at the will of the people.

Have you taken a good look around lately? The people got cut out of the loop decades ago. Time to wake up and smell the napalm.

Re:Powerful in their own minds, maybe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39995165)

At least they got that county government for having the temerity to not let their courthouse steps be turned into a campsite for bums. Good for them.

Hmmm.... (2)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994417)

I expect this organisation would be quaking in its boots if certain other organisations were given free reign to eliminate them. Think FSB, Mossad, the US secrete service, or MI5

Re:Hmmm.... (5, Funny)

nman64 (912054) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994475)

the US secrete service

Yes, those secretions are to be avoided at all costs.

Re:Hmmm.... (3, Funny)

cheaphomemadeacid (881971) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994513)

Thats what she [nydailynews.com] said

Re:Hmmm.... (0, Offtopic)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994525)

the US secrete service

Yes, those secretions are to be avoided at all costs.

Oh shit!

Re:Hmmm.... (3, Interesting)

nman64 (912054) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994529)

Indeed.

Re:Hmmm.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39995231)

thank you for making my day!

Re:Hmmm.... (4, Funny)

sideslash (1865434) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994501)

the US secrete service

The sewer authority? I never knew.

Re:Hmmm.... (3, Funny)

jimbolauski (882977) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994933)

the US secrete service

The sewer authority? I never knew.

80% of the US is on a sewer system, they can rain down a shit storm of epic proportions.

Re:Hmmm.... (2)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994601)

Think FSB, Mossad, the US secret service, or MI5

One of these does not really belong. For one thing, out of all of those you listed, the Secret Service is not an intelligence/national security apparatus. The Secret Service is tasked with 2 main things: protective services, and criminal investigations related to financial crimes (such as fraud). The more correct choice would have been the CIA, but even then, as an American, I'd rather take on the CIA and MI5 than the Mossad or FSB.

Re:Hmmm.... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39994697)

I expect this organisation would be quaking in its boots if certain other organisations were given free reign to eliminate them.

The expression is "free rein." It comes from horseback riding.

Really? (4, Funny)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994429)

So how many guns and tanks does Anonymous control?

And yes, I realize this is like Stalin asking how many divisions the Pope has, but hey, at least I didn't Godwin it!

Re:Really? (2)

mevets (322601) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994503)

|So how many guns and tanks does Anonymous control?

Maybe all of them?

Re:Really? (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994549)

|So how many guns and tanks does Anonymous control?

Maybe all of them?

Just the ones that are networked.

Re:Really? (1)

Xphile101361 (1017774) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994609)

Only if they aren't ran on the Amazon cloud

Re:Really? (4, Funny)

SlippyToad (240532) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994855)

Just the ones that are networked.

Maybe that Adama fellow is right after all.

Re:Really? (3, Interesting)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994935)

|So how many guns and tanks does Anonymous control?

Maybe all of them?

Never mind the tanks, it's the drones you need to be worried about. Fall out of the sky, dump payload on take-off, land safely in Iran, swap red for blue, just self destruct in mid-air... These things are flown over networks run by nerds, using code written by nerds, on hardware built by nerds. It's nerds all the way down.

This guy might have a point.

Re:Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39995129)

s/guns and tanks/drones/ and have a shiver sent down your spine.

Power (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39994435)

So far there are only two types of 'powerful organizations':

1. Governments, funded by tax payer money, using force (police, armed forces, etc.)
2. Corporations, funded by consumers and banks, using economic power

These two have a bit of a love-hate relationship, so their interactions are a fragile balance (how/how much to tax them, incentives, what they can get away with) and often work closely together (ACTA, TPP).

Having a new, unaligned powerhouse will of course upset that balance. The thing is the old adage 'power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely' will also apply to Anonymous.

Re:Power (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Brave Guy (457657) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994765)

You forgot the criminal equivalents to each category. There are probably drug lords, pirates, etc. in certain parts of the world with economic and/or military power similar to that of a small nation, funded mostly or entirely by the proceeds of their crimes.

Re:Power (2)

Corbets (169101) | more than 2 years ago | (#39995311)

You forgot the criminal equivalents to each category.

Which, of course, is exactly what Anonymous is. The criminal equivalent to a bunch of bored web surfers.

no Homers! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39994797)

Who controls the British crown?
Who keeps the metric system down?
We do! We do.

Who leaves the Atlantis off the maps?
Who keeps the Martians under wraps?
We do! We do.

Who holds back the electric car?
Who makes Steve Guttenberg a star?
We do! We do.

Who robs cave fish of their sight?
Who rigs every Oscar night?
We do! We do.

Vandals (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39994443)

Wait, a bunch of douchebag vandals (with a little attempt at extortion thrown in now and then for good measure) think they're the most powerful organization on earth? Oh, that is is good one!

Remind me again exactly what they have ever accomplished?

Re:Vandals (2)

postbigbang (761081) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994591)

Is it me, or are there others that see the irony in calling Anonymous "douchebag vandals" but only posting as ACs?

I think Anonymous, by this interview, may have a self-inflated view of themselves, but no more than many others. WikiLeaks, IMHO, has done more change for good. But if nothing else, they've sold billions in new security infrastructure... that probably won't work.

Re:Vandals (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39994819)

Being anonymous doesn't make you part of Anonymous, unless you say you are.

Re:Vandals (1)

postbigbang (761081) | more than 2 years ago | (#39995073)

Quite the opposite, I believe, but in a different vector.

Anonymous Cowards perhaps may fear retribution. I don't doubt that Geeknet's user db would crack like an egg, given the right resources, and perhaps already has been breached, but I have no knowledge of this.... just a guess.

So it's easy to say bad stuff about Big Bad Anonymous if you're an AC, is my point.

And don't forget it! (2)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994445)

"Most powerful on the planet!"

"We're still not having sex, nerd."

15 years too long (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39994447)

If they spend one taxpayer dollar housing and feeding him, it's a waste. If I were the judge I'd give him a year of probation without internet as a condition.

WTF, this is the USA. We're not supposed to have political pris1581-340 8NO CARRIER.

Just lame, dude (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39994449)

Aren't members of Anonymous supposed to be, well, anonymous? It's sort of against the entire point of Anon to be going around giving interviews like you're some sort of "leader" of Anonymous or even saying you're a "member"? It's supposed to be a decentralized hivemind; if they do it any other way then they become weak. It's easier to defeat a threat with a face. This dude's a joke.

Re:Just lame, dude (2)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994721)

Right, this is almost like a False Flag. (Guy identified by both his full name and Anonymous Handle) at an "undisclosed location"?

So won't two calls to your friends at the agencies connect the dots? ("Hello Motor Vehicles Dept, where does this guy live and what does he drive?")

Someone is building a figurative version of that ring they use to stop forest fires around Anonymous, of which this guy is a part.

Re:Just lame, dude (1)

WrecklessSandwich (1000139) | more than 2 years ago | (#39995289)

You should probably at least RTFS. He's been indicted of a crime in the US and has fled to Canada. If you can't figure out from that why his handle and real name are being posted together, there's not much hope for you.

HAHAHA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39994455)

HAHAHAHAHAH

HAHAHAHAHAHA

*gasps air*

HAHAHAHHAHAAHAHAH

Leaders of Powerful Organizations are in the open (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39994463)

I'm pretty sure the leaders of the most Powerful Organizations don't have to hide in "undisclosed locations" in Canada.

"Power comes from lying. Lying big, and gettin' the whole damn world to play along with you. Once you got everybody agreeing with what they know in their hearts ain't true, you've got 'em by the balls."

Ok, yeah, sure... (5, Insightful)

Sarten-X (1102295) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994493)

So Anonymous first defines itself as being the collective voice of everybody (with a disproportionate representation of 4chan), then claims it's the most powerful organization in the world. Good for you, guys, really... Now you can take on the Tautology Club.

Unfortunately, I've just formed my own organization, called "Irresponsible", and everybody who doesn't know they're a part of Irresponsible is also a part of it! Because they're irresponsible in knowing what groups they're a part of, see? Since geological processes also don't take responsibility for their actions, they're also part of the organization. Who's the most powerful now, huh?

Now, Irresponsible! Scream at a wall! Tear down posters! Show how mad you are at everything that doesn't appease you by inconveniencing others!

Poseurs (5, Interesting)

roothog (635998) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994495)

It's funny how if a group is *actually* powerful, you never see them making claims that they're powerful. Their actions say more than words.

Anonymous are just poseurs. Not only are they poseurs on world-scale power, they're poseurs on computer hacking, all they know how to do is run DoS attacks. They're an embarrassment.

Re:Poseurs (4, Interesting)

bws111 (1216812) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994555)

Exactly. It seems to me that in order to be considered 'powerful' you must be capable of making others bend to your will. Exactly what has this so-called 'powerful' organization done other than annoy people?

Re:Poseurs (1)

willworkforbeer (924558) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994965)

...like the best way for determining a guy is involved in a criminal enterprise is when he claims to be "a legitimate businessman".

Anonymous Member says... (1)

rgbrenner (317308) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994541)

Anonymous member says something stupid. News at 11.

Sure to be followed up by doing something stupid.

You too can be a hacker! Just download this tool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39994557)

A bunch of delusional 15-year-olds with too much time on their hands doing DDoS attacks? Yawn. Wake me up when they do something useful.

Seriously (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39994561)

How does crap like this hit the frontpage?

Murderers get less time in jail (1)

denis-The-menace (471988) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994585)

The old people that run the USA seem to be major technophobe. I'm surprised they don't arrest people for knowing how to program computers.

I bet he would have gotten less than 2 years if her used a paintball gun to deface the court house instead of the web site.

Re:Murderers get less time in jail (3, Insightful)

bws111 (1216812) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994701)

Can we stop with this stupid meme already? 15 years is the MAXIMUM sentence he COULD receive if convicted on all counts. Do you know what the maximum sentence is for murder? Life in prison without possibility of parole, or death, depending on where you are.

Online graffiti bigger than H-Bombs and money (1)

gelfling (6534) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994593)

Sure sure. Of COURSE it is.....

The Most Powerful... (1)

mlauzon (818714) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994595)

Organisation on Earth is the Illuminati and the other ultra-secret societies that are either branches of, off-shoots of, or are just associated with the Illuminati!

Re:The Most Powerful... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39994681)

That's a good point, but what is the difference between the Illuminati and the Bilderberg group?

Are they both secret organisations? or are they one and the same?

Re:The Most Powerful... (1)

mlauzon (818714) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994719)

Did you somehow miss the following: ...branches of, off-shoots of, or are just associated with...

IPO (3, Funny)

Sperbels (1008585) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994611)

Quick! Do an IPO before people realize how stupid this assessment is!

Um... no. (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994613)

Unless Anon can call in an airstrike, or single-handedly cripple a first-world nation's financial system, they don't know what "power" is.

Big talk from a guy in hiding.

Most Annoying Maybe (1)

Xphile101361 (1017774) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994643)

Anyone else wish these Jesters got the media attention they deserve.... in other words, none?

Of course it's silly, BUT... (4, Interesting)

dpilot (134227) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994645)

Anonymous is another (clearly not the first) example of what I'll for lack of a better term, call a "virtual nation".

It's obvious that the internet allows rapid worldwide communication. It's also obvious that it allows new aggregations of people to sort themselves out - that you can draw together like-minded people from all over the globe.
What's less-than-obvious is to call these aggregates "virtual nations".

But take a look at it from a slightly different perspective. People whose primary news source is Fox news live in the Unites States of America, and are quite proud of the fact. People whose primary news source is NPR also live in the United States of America, and are also quite proud of that fact. But when you ask the two groups of people what they thing the United States of America really is, beyond simple geographic attributes, you get two very different answers, two very different sets of allegiances. It's almost like they live in different nations. Perhaps in some sort of virtual way, they do.

But perhaps the best and worst example of a virtual nation is Al Qaeda. There is a group of people whose allegiance has little to do with physical boarders. Their sense of belonging, their cause, their peers transcend the mere physical. (Note that interesting characteristics don't make it good, and in this case, far from it.)

Anonymous is a less mature, less cohesive, less dangerous version.

Occupy Anonymous (1, Funny)

tpstigers (1075021) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994665)

Idiot.

Re:Occupy Anonymous (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 2 years ago | (#39995037)

Oh, man, I am SO putting that subject line on a T-shirt. Now all I need is an appropriate illustration that can go in 1-color silkscreen!

Anyone can be a part of Anonymous (2)

Stonent1 (594886) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994711)

It seems like any hacker can do something and claim to be part of Anonymous. Just like any middle eastern group can claim to be part of Al Qaeda or Hamas. Osama Bin Laden actually wrote that he was concerned that so many groups claiming to be tied to Al Qaeda was confusing and diluting their message and also they didn't like getting credit for shoddy or failed operations.

Re:Anyone can be a part of Anonymous (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39994805)

Hacker? Any kid who downloads a script can be (actually and just claim to be) part of Anonymous.

Hey! Look at me! I'm part of Anonymous! Fear my mighty wrath!

*pew pew*

Re:Anyone can be a part of Anonymous (1)

saveferrousoxide (2566033) | more than 2 years ago | (#39995393)

*pew pew*

LOL!

If they are that powerful, why is he on the run? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39994839)

Really, a member of the most powerful organization on earth and he's driven from his home and hiding out on hilltops in Canada?

Nobody suspects the Belgians (1)

ka9dgx (72702) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994849)

Lets face it, the power of the Belgians is NOT the stuff of legend... the only hint you ever really had was the brief appearance of Jean-Claude Van Damme when he decided to dabble in acting.

Anonymous has NOTHING on the Belgians, or maybe they are the Belgians...?

Very well... (1)

DarkIye (875062) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994851)

It appears it has become time to abandon the Slashdot comments section.

Hacking vs. Zerging (1)

saveferrousoxide (2566033) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994871)

DDoS = Zerging = not interesting/powerful/intimidating to anyone but a web admin.

Re:Hacking vs. Zerging (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39994957)

DDoS = Zerging = not interesting/powerful/intimidating to anyone but a poorly-equipped webadmin with no understanding of and/or budgeting for basic network defense.

FTFY

15 years??? (1)

Wahakalaka (1323747) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994881)

Don't get me wrong DDOSing a courthouse is pretty dumb, but 15 years?

HEY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39994943)

Come on guys have a heart

These people are fighting the good fight

some monty python is called for... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39994961)

Our chief weapon is surprise...surprise and fear...fear and surprise.... Our two weapons are fear and surprise...and ruthless efficiency.... Our *three* weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency...and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope.... Our *four*...no... *Amongst* our weapons.... Amongst our weaponry...are such elements as fear, surprise.... I'll come in again.

"Commander X" (3, Interesting)

SlippyToad (240532) | more than 2 years ago | (#39995085)

The most powerful organization on the planet doesn't give interviews from an undisclosed location.

I like what Anonymous represents, and much of the hacking that they've engaged in has had a populist appeal, but they are self-limited by their anonymity, and obviously they're no more the drivers of our social change than OBL was . . . he also gave his interviews from an undisclosed location.

If I were Anonymous or a member thereof, I'd be looking for a wealthy socially-conscious sponsor to legitimize what I was doing . . . and take the conversation they are trying to have out in the open, where it can't be dismissed.

Until they do that, they're just going to be treated like cyber-terrorists. I suspect that the need that Anonymous is attempting to fill will be met by someone else, wiser and cleverer.

FBI (1)

Tarlus (1000874) | more than 2 years ago | (#39995135)

Yet the "most powerful organization on Earth" needs to skip borders to run away from the FBI.

Meh. (2)

dskoll (99328) | more than 2 years ago | (#39995179)

Anonymous are loud-mouthed vandals and computer criminals. I give a big cheer whenever law-enforcement officials catch some of them.

They give hackers a bad name.

Bahahahahaha (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39995225)

Just reading the title caused me to spit up my fruit loops.

not that powerful (yet) (1)

DynamoJoe (879038) | more than 2 years ago | (#39995279)

If you can't deploy nuclear weapons, you're not the most powerful organization on earth. Then again, if they have root at a Chinese missle silo, I may be wrong.
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