The loosely organized hackers of Anonymous don't just launch distributed denial-of-service attacks for the lulz. They do it to send a message, which is why they've petitioned the Obama administration to recognize DDoS as a legal form of protest.
As 2013 comes into full view, I believe the new year may bring cyber events that will have the greatest impact yet on homeland security and foreign policy. My company recently released the 2013 Threat Predictions Report, and it paints an ominous picture of how rapidly the burgeoning “cyberchaos” industry is maturing.
So far, activist hackers — hacktivists — have rarely inflicted genuine trauma. Usually it’s shenanigans, political embarrassment or low-grade anarchy — as when the hacker group Anonymous hijacks websites of the Syrian government or the Westboro Baptist Church.
McAfee predicted in its 2013 Threat Report that Anonymous would decline in importance this year. If this is an example of what Anonymous has planned for 2013, we hope McAfee is wrong.
KnightSec, a hacking group affiliated with the “Anonymous” collective, posted a YouTube video (embedded) on Wednesday. That video shows teenager Michael Nodianos basking in the "glory" of the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl by his high school football player teammates.
The lunatic power-bigots at the WBC are down another Twitter account—and this time it belongs to its leader's son, Fred Phelps Jr. What's more surprising is that Cosmo the God—yep, that one—is claiming responsibility.
Like last time, the team at UGNazi is saying they've attained full control of a prominent WBC member's account in retaliation for the hate group's plans to picket Newtown victim funerals. They also posted a picture of an alleged email exchange between "church" members, suggesting the account was broken into through a password reset sent to a compromise email inbox.
Nothing is beneath the Westboro Baptist Church, as evidenced by the group's announcement to picket outside Sandy Hook Elementary School in wake of the recent tragedy. The group's most recent, perhaps most deplorable decision has apparently irked one of its oldest enemies: infamous hacker collective Anonymous.