“The Internet is a big distraction. It’s distracting, it’s meaningless; it’s not real. It’s in the air somewhere.”
-Ray Bradbury (maybe)
Now before our website is completely infiltrated, ruined, and subsequently turned into a page full of d*ck pics. I want to assure anyone from Anonymous that we mean no harm. We are purely trying to be informative, and probably only a little bit clever. Don’t set our site on fire. We come in peace.
That being said.
Anonymous are some shady motherf*ckers. Attempting to be the Internet’s Dark Knight, they lurk in the corners of the web like a rat hiding from light. Attacking organizations, taking down websites, threatening exposure, and being overall keyboard vigilantes, they have successfully propelled themselves into the main stream. So now we are going to protect YOU, the reader, from looking ignorant when you chat with the IT guy from work. You’ll be able to tell him that you now know about Anonymous, and you may potentially even get around to checking out what “War of Worldcraft” is.
As with most of the Internet’s most interesting things, Anonymous can trace it’s origins back to the website 4chan.org. The home and birthplace of the web’s most precious memes, 4chan operates on the main selling point of being an almost completely anonymous (seems fitting) web forum. Mostly just messing around, Anonymous begin its infancy as basically a collection of internet trolls. Performing “raids” on forums and websites, it was nothing more than a faceless way of causing a little bit of internet havoc. It didn’t find it’s true footing for quite a while, until those young internet hooligans finally matured. And with that maturation, came a more noble cause.
Simply put; there is no structure. The power is said to be equally distributed among the various members and whomever is in charge of a specific project. Communicating through private IRC servers, it’s members have successfully managed to remain relatively-ugh, anonymous. The effectiveness of a a group with no real organization or hierarchy has yet to been fully vetted, but it has proved to be extremely confusing for those who are uninformed.
Anonymous first dipped their big toe into what they would consider “social justice”, with their infamous attack on The Church of Scientology. The details of which, well, seems a little juvenile. In 2008 a video of Tom Cruise praising The Church of Scientology was posted on the website Gawker. The church was not so thrilled about this, so they sent a little cease and desist letter, basically telling them to “take that sh*t down…or else”. Anonymous, feeling this was a grave injustice, proceeded to send endless black sheets of paper to the fax machines of the church until-well, until they ran out of ink (they also DDOSed websites, and flooded their phone lines). Dubbed “Project Chanology”, they officially put some hair on their collective internet chests and gained some notoriety in the process.
Feeling on top of the world, there was nothing to stop our newly formed justice league of wireless warriors. As Anonymous matured, so did their causes. Their resume includes, but isn’t limited to, attacks on the RIAA, MPAA, Broadcast Music Inc., Westboro Baptist Church, Paypal, child porn sites, and even at one point the FBI.
As their hands stretch further across the world, so do their projects or “operations”. Whether it’s fighting ISIS, or fighting racism, they try to maintain a moral high ground in their attacks against targets. Where their morals lie, is apparently not up for discussion as they have no clear formal leader and have made little collective announcements as a group.
What you have learned today
- Anonymous got into it for the “lolz”
- Growing into their own, they became somewhat productive members of the hacking community
- “But who is this Anonymous guy anyway?”