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Anonymous threatens cyberwar with Anonymous

Anonymous has threatened to start a cyberwar with Anonymous. The peculiar threat can be traced back to Edward Snowden, who among his many revelations has alleged that Australia and the USA spied on Indonesia during the 2007 United Nations climate change conference held on the island of Bali. Indonesia's government is, …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Nov 2013
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Anonymous Indonesia claims attacks by Anonymous Australia

Entities using the name and iconography of Anonymous (EUTNAIOA) and claiming to be the Indonesian branch of the movement have accused entities using the name and iconography of Anonymous and claiming to be the Australian branch of the movement of attacks on Indonesia's national airline Garuda and other hostile actions. We are …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Nov 2013

Anonymous plans hacktivism against World Cup sponsors

Ragtag hacktivist collective Anonymous is threatening World Cup sponsors as its next hacking target. Hacker Che Commodore made the threat in solidarity with real-world protestors in Brazil who are enraged that funds are being funnelled into building white elephant stadiums for football's showpiece event rather than much needed …
John Leyden, 09 Jun 2014
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Anonymous Indonesia gets it right, attacks Australian government

Entities using the name and iconography of Anonymous' Indonesian branch claim to have successfully disrupted web sites operated by Australia's security services. Anonymous Indonesia, and much of the rest of the nation, is upset with Australia after Edward Snowden revealed the latter country spied on the former. Australia and …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Nov 2013
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Anonymous: Sign this petition or we'll … get mad about the media?

Entities using the name and iconography often associated with hacktivist collective Anonymous and declaring themselves the Brisbane outpost of the non-organisation have taken a step in a new direction: winning support for convicted drug trafficker Schapelle Corby. Corby was convicted of importing marijuana to Indonesia, but her …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jan 2014
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Off your bikie laws: Anonymous to Queensland Premier Newman

Queensland's police force is investigating the posting of an Anonymous-identified video to YouTube protesting the state's anti-bikie laws, and also the publication of premier Campbell Newman's private mobile number and home address online. The government describes the laws as serving the purpose of dismantling outlaw motorcycle …
Team Register, 04 Nov 2013
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Facebook UNVEILS VEIL for 'anonymous' logins

If you've ever been hesitant to login to an app or website using your Facebook ID because you don't know what consequences clicking that blue button will actually have, Mark Zuckerberg says he feels your pain. Speaking at the Facebook F8 developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday – the first such event the social network …
Neil McAllister, 30 Apr 2014
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Anonymous: Why we're PICKETING Glenn Greenwald's book tour

Members of hacker collective Anonymous are preparing to picket journalist Glenn Greenwald's book tour – where the journo hopes to promote a tome about his reports on leaked files given to him by ex-National Security Agency sysadmin turned whistleblower Edward Snowden. The hacktivists want to disrupt the hack's book signings on …
Jasper Hamill, 14 May 2014
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Anonymous develops secure data over ham radio scheme

Anonymous – or, at least, entities claiming Anonymous affiliation – has put together a secure communications project using the open source ham-radio Fldigi modem controller. You're not going to get fast communications out of AirChat, since it takes the world back to the days of encoding data over voice channels. The group says “ …

Anonymous claims Parliament Wi-Fi hack during London protest

Anonymous hacktivists have claimed they used laptops to launch cyber attacks against the British government whilst attending a protest in Parliament Square last week, The Register has learned. The group claimed that over 1,000 masked protesters had gathered in the centre of London last week as part of a worldwide event called …
Jasper Hamill, 12 Nov 2013

Microsoft: Anonymous hacktivists DDoSed us? Really?

Microsoft has denied it was affected in any way by a claimed attack against its systems by elements of the rag-tag hacktivist collective Anonymous. In a post to Pastebin last week, an individual claiming affiliation to Anonymous boasted that a DDoS attack against Japanese Microsoft (domain) websites and servers on or around 23 …
John Leyden, 05 Dec 2013
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Anonymous and pals gather in support of girl at centre of rape case

The hacking group Anonymous led a real world protest last night in support of a young woman at the centre of a rape case that was re-opened just three days ago after the online activists ran a campaign publicising its dismissal. Hundreds of people gathered in Maryville town square to demand "justice for Daisy Coleman", who …
Jasper Hamill, 24 Oct 2013

Anonymous threat shutters Gitmo WiFi

Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, the enclave of Cuban territory leased by the US government, has switched off its WiFi service and cut access to social networks for fear of attack by Anonymous. The hacktivist group recently set #OpGTMO in train, pledging to “shut down Guantanamo”. That's probably not a reference to the whole of the …
Simon Sharwood, 22 May 2013
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Anonymous hacked off with Singapore's menacing net rules plan

A hacktivist claiming to be part of Anonymous has backed a call by Google, Facebook and others to scrap proposed internet licensing rules in Singapore which have been described as state censorship by the back door. In a YouTube video, the figure argues that “no government has the right to deprive their citizens the freedom of …
Phil Muncaster, 01 Nov 2013
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'Anonymous' to Reg hack: We know SEA leaders' names

Following the Syrian Electronic Army's (SEA's) attack on a Melbourne IT reseller which resulted in the temporary compromise of domain name records for targets as diverse as The New York Times and Twitter, a group claiming association with Anonymous now says it has compromised SEA databases and servers. As first reported here (in …

Snowden leak: GCHQ DDoSed Anonymous & LulzSec's chatrooms

British intelligence ran denial-of-service attacks against chatrooms used by Anonymous and LulzSec, according to an investigation by NBC News involving Snowden confidante Glenn Greenwald. Documents leaked by the NSA whistleblower record how a GCHQ unit known as the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group, or JTRIG, used a …
John Leyden, 05 Feb 2014
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Judge orders Yelp.com to unmask anonymous critics who tore into biz

A US Court of Appeals has ordered Yelp to identify anonymous reviewers who slammed a cleaning company. In his ruling this week [PDF], Judge William G Petty, sitting in Virginia, told the review-sharing website to turn over personal information on seven of its users who had panned Hadeed Carpet Cleaning on Yelp.com. The family- …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jan 2014

Anonymous hacktivists' Million Mask March protest hits London

London cops made 11 arrests last night as thousands of supporters of the hacktivist group Anonymous led protests outside Buckingham Palace. The Register had a vulture on the ground, watching as the group of about 1,000 masked “Anons” marched from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square, before bursting through a police cordon and …
Jasper Hamill, 06 Nov 2013
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Anonymous joins forces with arch-enemy The Jester against Norks

Hacktivist collective Anonymous and - unusually - some of its enemies have all turned their ire against government websites, propaganda outlets and social media profiles linked to the North Korean regime. DDoS attacks were launched on Nork government websites and Air Koryo, the country's airline, after North Korea threatened to …
John Leyden, 04 Apr 2013

Anonymous squirts all over NORKS in birthday surprise outrage

Anonymous hackers have sent North Korean despot Kim Jong-un a little present on the anniversary of his grandfather’s birthday: they vandalised key Nork websites and posted their handiwork on a hijacked Twitter account. The @uriminzokkiri account was taken over earlier this month in the first round of attacks against North Korean …
Phil Muncaster, 16 Apr 2013
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Police accuse Reuters hack of helping Anonymous hackers

The Department of Justice has charged the deputy social media editor of Reuters with helping hackers from Anonymous gain access to the main servers of the Tribune Company in 2010 so that they could deface news sites. Matthew Keys, 26, is accused of conspiracy to transmit information to damage a protected computer, transmitting …
Iain Thomson, 15 Mar 2013

What a twit: Obama aide FIRED for anonymous gov-bashing tweets

A senior White House official has been fired after he was unmasked as the man behind a widely followed Twitter account from which he dispensed insults and sarcastic remarks about public figures and government policies. Jofi Joseph – who served on President Barack Obama's National Security staff and was reportedly part of the …

Anonymous blitzes Israel in new attack

Anonymous claims to have disrupted more than 100,000 Israeli web sites and caused over $US3bn in damages with a new campaign, called OpIsrael, launched over the weekend. Israeli officials say the effort was largely unsuccessful in breaching the nation's online defences. In a typically understated piece of pre-op PR last Thursday …
Phil Muncaster, 08 Apr 2013
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Experts doubt Anonymous Mossad spy outing claims are kosher

Hacktivists claim to have published leaked data on more than 30,000 Israeli officials, including members of Israel's Mossad secret service agency. The boast by members of Anonymous follows a denial of service attack against the Mossad website (www.mossad.gov.il) over the weekend as part of the ongoing #OpIsrael protest. …
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2013
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Operation Hunt the Hunter: Anonymous targets 'revenge porn' man

Hacktivist collective Anonymous has set its sights on the former owner of a "revenge porn" website. Hunter Moore gained internet infamy by posting sexually revealing images of men and women without their permission, alongside links to their social networking profiles. The images were normally submitted by aggrieved ex-boyfriends …
John Leyden, 04 Dec 2012
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Anonymous leaks 'Bank of America secrets' in spy revenge hack

Miscreants affiliated with hacking collective Anonymous have dumped online a huge cache of data supposedly lifted from insecure systems at a Bank of America contractor. The self-styled Anonymous Intelligence Agency (Par:AnoIA) leaked 320MB of emails and other information that suggests the banking giant is running an online …
John Leyden, 27 Feb 2013
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Anonymous means NO identifying element left behind – EU handbook

A new handbook on European data protection laws contains a different test from the one used by the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for determining whether data is personal or anonymised for the purposes of data protection law. The new handbook (214-page/3.08MB PDF) has been issued jointly by the European Union …
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Cops cuff journo over anonymous plod blogger unmasking

Scotland Yard officers arrested a 28-year-old man this morning on suspicion of computer hacking relating to the identification of a previously anonymous blogger in 2009. The Met said the suspect is a journalist and that he was cuffed as part of the force's Operation Tuleta investigation into alleged computer hacking by …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Aug 2012
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Anonymous becomes peacemaker as hacktivists battle

Anonymous has assumed the unlikely role of peacemaker in a growing dispute between Malaysian and Filipino hacktivists that has seen scores of web sites on both sides defaced over a territorial tussle. Scores have already been killed in bloody clashes in the east Malaysian state of Sabah after a group of nearly 200 Filipino …
Phil Muncaster, 05 Mar 2013

Anonymous hit Melbourne IT to find AAPT documents

Anonymous says it will shortly release a sample of material it has obtained from Australian Internet Service Provider (ISP) AAPT. In a chat room this morning, the group linked to AAPT's Wikipedia page, making that ISP the likely target. The group has also insisted, on Twitter, that the leak is not fake and that the ISP concerned …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2012
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Anonymous doxes Cambodia after Pirate Bay arrest

Hacktivist group Anonymous has been up to its old tricks again, this time claiming to have hacked and uploaded a heap of sensitive Cambodian government documents in retaliation for the arrest and extradition back to Sweden of The Pirate Bay (TPB) co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg. Warg was arrested in Cambodia by Swedish police …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Sep 2012
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Guy Fawkes Night hack of Lady Gaga, NBC points to Anonymous

American news channel NBC was prank-hacked last night with a Guy Fawkes image, and the traditional children's rhyme: "Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot / I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot" repeated four times and followed by the phrases: GREETZ TO ODAY, …
Anna Leach, 05 Nov 2012
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Anonymous takes down UK government websites in Assange attack

Anonymous is claiming to have begun shutting down UK government websites in protest of the treatment of Julian Assange. At around 8pm UT, the UK Justice Department website went down under a distributed denial of service attack. About 40 minutes later the Department of Work and Pensions website was also taken offline. Both …
Iain Thomson, 20 Aug 2012
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Anonymous turns on 'one man Julian Assange show' Wikileaks

Members of hacker collective Anonymous have stopped supporting Wikileaks after the site put up a paywall, saying that Wikileaks is more bothered about Julian Assange™ than getting information to the public. In a statement on Pastebin, linked through from Anonymous Twitter account AnonymousIRC, the group said Wikileaks had turned …
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Superbowl blackout was a stuff-up, not Anonymous

When there was a power outage during the Superbowl, it only took minutes for someone to claim responsibility on behalf of “Anonymous”. There’s never a guarantee that anyone claiming to speak for the collective is actually doing so; and in any case, the reality turns out to be boring. According to the Wall Street Journal, the …
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Anonymous hacks MIT websites after Aaron Swartz's death

Hactivist collective Anonymous briefly took over some of MIT's websites earlier this morning to protest against the role computer crime laws may have played in the death of Aaron Swartz. Reddit co-founder and internet activist Swartz was found hanged in his apartment in New York on Friday, having taken his own life at the age of …
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Anonymous attacks Israeli websites over Gaza bombings

Hackers operating for Anonymous have been launching DDoS attacks and defacing websites to demonstrate their displeasure at Israel's recent military action in the Gaza Strip, which is currently in its second day. According to its Twitter feed, the group claims to have taken down or defaced over 40 government and military websites …
Iain Thomson, 16 Nov 2012
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Anonymous tweets for hack targets

Hacktivist guild Anonymous has taken to Twitter to ask followers for tips on who the group should attack next. Still reeling over the arrest of Megaupload mogul Kim Dotcom, Anonymous posted the following tweet: Anon tweet After several people suggested the group throws punches at social network sites, it responded: “Lulz at …
Caleb Cox, 23 Jan 2012
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Anonymous 'plonks' names, addresses of far-right EDL types on web

Computer-hacking collective Anonymous‬ claims it has leaked online the personal details of the far-right English Defence League's members. The hackers' list - the authenticity of which has not been independently verified - includes the names and addresses of more than 200 supposed members of the controversial protest …
John Leyden, 29 May 2013

eBay chairman: 'Don't make payback a bitch for Anonymous hackers'

In a move likely to negatively affect his board members' blood pressure (and highlight his future media plans), eBay chairman Pierre Omidyar has called on the government to show leniency in the forthcoming trial of the "PayPal 14", who are accused of DDoSing the online payment service. Later this week, the Department of Justice …
Iain Thomson, 05 Dec 2013
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Anonymous wants DDoS attacks recognized as speech

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. The petition, which was filed on the White House's We the People website, argues …
Neil McAllister, 10 Jan 2013
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Anonymous stalking Australian spooks

The Australian chapter of hacktivist prankster cabal Anonymous has been engaging in prolific white noise activity down under making numerous threats via Twitter that it has infiltrated numerous law enforcement sites including Australia’s spy agency ASIO. On Friday, Anonymous claimed on Operations Australia Twitter account, that …
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Anonymous considering another tilt at Australia

Anonymous is not at all pleased with the speech Australia’s Attorney-General Nicola Roxon gave earlier this week, and is considering another round of action to make its point that data retention is an unacceptable erosion of personal liberty. But the nature of those actions may not be the DDOS attacks or leaking for which the …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Sep 2012
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Anonymous vows to wipe web clean of child abuse scum

Sections of Anonymous have once again turned their ire towards online sites frequented by child abusers. OpPedoChat follows earlier campaigns by sections of the hacktivist groups that subjected websites linked to the distribution of paedophile material with denial of service attacks and membership exposure. For example, …
John Leyden, 10 Jul 2012
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Anonymous declares war after French firm trademarks its logo

A French company trying to trademark the Anonymous logo and slogan for commercial purposes has inspired an angry response from a team claiming to be affiliated with the hacking group. The company Early Flicker, or E-Flicker, has registered the headless man logo and the slogan 'We are Anonymous, We do not forgive, We do not …
Iain Thomson, 31 Jul 2012
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Anonymous turns ire on Japan after anti-piracy law passes

It was only a matter of time – hacktivist group Anonymous has taken aim at the web sites of political parties and government departments in Japan in retaliation for a tough new anti-piracy bill passed last week. The update to the Copyright Law was brought about after heavy lobbying by a content industry dismayed that illegal …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Jun 2012

Anonymous to expose 40GB of ISP data

Anonymous is preparing to reveal 40GB of data its members say came from an Australian internet service provider (ISP) and contains “600k+” of customer data. The Reg understands a “sample leak” will be released later today and that the organisation will take care to protect individuals' personal details. The activist collective …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2012

Anonymous hits Australia

People operating under the name “Anonymous” claim to have defaced several websites in the Australian state of Queensland, in protest against draft Australian policies on data retention. The Twitter handle @Op_Australia makes the claim in this tweet. A webchat channel at anonops.com named opAustralia referenced in other tweets is …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2012
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Anonymous hack hands WikiLeaks TWO MILLION Syrian emails

Hacktivist group Anonymous is claiming responsibility for an attack on the computer systems of the Syrian government and its evil overlord Bashar Assad thanks to which over two million emails ended up in the hands of whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks. As of last Thursday, the site began drip-feeding sections of the ‘Syria Files’ to …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Jul 2012
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Anonymous web weapon backfires with hidden banking Trojan

Anonymous supporters queuing up to participate in denial-of-service attacks are being tricked into installing ZeuS botnet clients. Hacktivists grabbed what they thought was the Slowloris tool, which is designed to flood websites with open connections and ultimately knock them offline. However, the download included a strain of …
John Leyden, 02 Mar 2012