Feeds

Scientologist overlord declares victory over Anonymous

Fruitcake cultist dubs hacktivistas 'cartoon characters'

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Scientology head David Miscavige has declared victory over Anonymous in an internal church magazine.

Miscavige described Anonymous as a group of "mask-wearing subversive and anarchistic internet denizens".

He continues: "Having run into the Church of Scientology, they are no longer laughing out loud or otherwise. Nor are they any longer anonymous".

Referring to the arrest of Anonymous activists over January 2008 denial of service attacks on the Scientology website, Miscavige stated that these "ringleaders" were not the "trio of dastardly villains they had aspired to be, but more akin to cartoon characters".

The text was republished on an Anonymous activist board which at the time of writing is unavailable, possibly as a result of a denial of service attack by patriot hackers opposed to Anonymous' support of WikiLeaks.

Anonymous first came to prominence with website attacks on the Church of Scientology in January 2008, prompted by the controversial organisation's censorship of a Tom Cruise video. Project Chanology later expanded to include offline protests outside CoS centres over subsequent months protesting against the group's treatment of its members and other issues.

More recently, the activities of Anonymous have been focused on attacks on entertainment industry websites in support of file sharers and torrent tracker sites such as the Pirate Bay. The latest campaign has seen assaults on Mastercard, PayPal and other organisations seen as inimical to Wikileaks and/or its spokesman Julian Assange.

Despite all this Project Chanology still continues, so Miscavige is perhaps unwise to declare victory. The smarter move would have been to stay silent rather than mocking Anonymous, a move that risks reigniting its campaign against the Scientologists.

Miscavige's declaration brings to mind former President George Bush's early declaration that the War in Iraq was won days after the capture of Baghdad.

WhyWeProtest (WWP), run by the anti-Scientology part of Anonymous, maintains a portal explaining its aims and objectives here. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Ice cream headache as black hat hacks sack Dairy Queen
I scream, you scream, we all scream 'DATA BREACH'!
Goog says patch⁵⁰ your Chrome
64-bit browser loads cat vids FIFTEEN PERCENT faster!
NIST to sysadmins: clean up your SSH mess
Too many keys, too badly managed
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
Researchers camouflage haxxor traps with fake application traffic
Honeypots sweetened to resemble actual workloads, complete with 'secure' logins
Attack flogged through shiny-clicky social media buttons
66,000 users popped by malicious Flash fudging add-on
JLaw, Kate Upton exposed in celeb nude pics hack
100 women victimised as Apple iCloud accounts reportedly popped
New Snowden leak: How NSA shared 850-billion-plus metadata records
'Federated search' spaffed info all over Five Eyes chums
Three quarters of South Korea popped in online gaming raids
Records used to plunder game items, sold off to low lifes
Oz fed police in PDF redaction SNAFU
Give us your metadata, we'll publish your data
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.