Anonymous & Hacktivists

anonymous-hacker“The word ‘hacker’ originally meant somebody who enjoyed exploring, playing with, or learning about computers. Like ‘phone phreak,’ it later shifted to have a negative connotation: somebody who breaks into or abuses computers.”

Hacktivism essential encapsulates online activism. Anonymous is probably biggest hacktivist collective, who are mainly known for their self-branding and their anti-authoritarian sense of online comeuppance.

They’re mainly recognized for pursuing online attacks as a form of non-violent protest, usually through DDoS, or Denial of Service attacks and further defacing of websites. Notable examples of Anonymous DDoS attacks include Church of Scientology websites in 2008, Aiplex Software in 2010 and most notably in 2011 ‘Operation Tunisia’ in support of Arab Spring movements with DDoS attacks on Tunisia government websites.

However, the idea that Anonymous are not a well publicized known hacktivist group and all members are anonymous does mean that the actions of a few can influence many. Due to the lack of barrier of entry into the group, not specifically the hacktivism aspect of the group the representation of Anonymous can be easily influenced.

zD3pSdrEspecially when you consider the hacker subculture encourages archaic foundation, there is no real leader – although Edward Snowden has been a significant figure – there is no authority to utilise and streamline large online movements.


3 thoughts on “Anonymous & Hacktivists

  1. I think you should go through and proofread a little. I feel that your phrasing in many places leaves otherwise important sentences making very little sense. You’ve also not included a remediation which is disappointing, as a topic such as hacktivism is a very strong point for establishing debate and presenting a personal opinion.


  2. Hey! You definitely brought up a lot of good points but I think maybe you could focus on one of the points you brought up and looked further into it? I felt as though I got a lot of points out of this but I had almost no further information on any of them individually.
    But good job! I specifically likes your opening quote and paragraph. I think you should give this article a read where its discussed how the negativity placed on “hacking” is very mislead.


  3. Glad to see someone else discussed Anonymous too! I think they’re quite fascinating in that they run in a quite loosely organized, decentralized manner with no real authority figure. I believe it stems from their quite anarchical views. It is quite interesting you mention that by imposing anonymity on themselves, their “brand” or their “name” can be, and has been, tarnished by others, for personal gain or for whatever reason. A noticeable case would be the 2011 Play Station Network shut down, in which around $147 million worth of damage was had because the network was taken down by a group of hackers. These hackers were later claimed to be from Anonymous, or at least members of Anonymous were responsible. This lack of distinguishing features between members can make it quite difficult to distinguish between the hacktivist group Anonymous, and the childish trolls of anonymous people.


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