A faction of the infamous hacktivist collective Anonymous appears to be branching off from the group's social responsibility mission and getting into the celebrity snooping business.
In recent days, the faction, which calls itself Hollywood Leaks, has posted cell phone numbers of celebrities, nude photos of a rapper, and a confidential copy of a movie script to the Internet.
Anonymous came out with two high-profile attacks on Thursday afternoon. First, the group claimed credit for defacing the site of the Texas police chiefs and leaking documents and e-mails from law enforcement officials. It also claimed credit for taking down the site of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.
The site was down less than 45 minutes before it was restored.
Anonymous, after a relatively large period of doing nothing, are back with a vengeance. Even without their (arrested) de facto leader Topiary, they've punched Texan law enforcement squarely in their gut: a giant email leak, internal documents, addresses. Anon's back.
Anon explains the motives for the attack thusly:
The Sri Lankan branch of Anonymous claims to have hacked into the DNS servers of Symantec, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and several other large organizations over the past few days.
Posting the news and records of its exploits on Pastebin, the group is taking credit for launching "DNS Cache Snoop Poisoning" attacks against its victims.
Anonymous is a strange organization in the sense that it is not entirely organized. Sure, it has international recognition as a self-dubbed “hacktivist” network that gets involved with protests worldwide and infiltrates the websites and databases of corporations and governmental organizations alike.
But unity among its members hangs on by a threat, and some of them have become disenchanted with Anonymous — some of whom spun off into the other most notable hacker association of the year, LulzSec.