ENEMY OF THE HACKTIVISTS, Aaron Barr has raised his head again with his views on the Anonymous collective.
Barr, who worked at HBGary Federal was shamed earlier this year after he flapped his gums about how he had infiltrated Anonymous and how he was about to bring the organisation down. Since that happened, or more precisely since Anonymous found out about this and embarrassed Barr out of his job, he's been pretty quiet.
A few dozen protesters turned out on Monday for a San Francisco rally organized by the hacker group Anonymous to protest alleged police brutality and what they called anti-free speech tactics by authorities.
Bay Area Rapid Transit, the commuter train service in the San Francisco area, shut down cell phone networks in some stations on Thursday to stop a demonstration over the fatal shooting of a man by police last month.
The online band of merry hackers known as Anonymous has decided to join in the spirit of rioting youth on UK street by bringing its own form of non-violent protest to Britsh web properties.
In a missive aimed at "Citizens of Great Britain" (actually we're subjects, guys) the outfit catalogues the crimes of the criminal classes that rule our roost and have begun putting together a list of potential targets, ranging from Barclays Bank through Vodafone, arms dealer Lockheed Martin to the likes of MPs Nadine Dorries and Louise Mensch.
The hacker-activist group Anonymous threatened cyber attacks against the Fullerton Police Department and the Bay Area Rapid Transit system after controversial police confrontations.
The threat to hack the Fullerton police website was in response to the death of homeless man Kelly Thomas during a confrontation with officers. The city deployed its information technology staff to secure computers and electronic communications and monitor the systems for any intrusions.
A YouTube video claiming to be from Anonymous said that the group would attack Facebook in November this year. The video claimed that Anonymous would “kill” Facebook because it abused its users privacy.
Since the hacking group is a loose affiliation of anonymous individuals, even a spokesman for Anonymous admitted that he didn’t know whether the threat was genuine.