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Anonymous: 10 Things We've Learned In 2013

The Anonymous hacker group continues to seek equal measures of revenge, justice and reform -- preferably through chaotic means -- for perceived wrongdoings.
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Seeking justice over the handling of the case of Aaron Swartz, pictured here, Anonymous launched Operation Last Resort. As with every Anonymous operation, this one sports its own tagline, or at least raison d'être. "This tragedy is basis for reform of computer crime laws, and the overzealous prosecutors," reads the group's Twitter page.

Operation Last Resort, which has been calling for an overhaul of CFAA, has also made a number of moves to help keep its public campaign high profile. Notably, the group hacked MIT's website in a tribute to Swartz. It has also defaced or disrupted multiple websites, including that of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which establishes sentencing policies and practices for the federal courts. The group also hid Asteroids games on targeted government websites, which if unlocked via an Easter egg, allow viewers to blast the site to pieces.

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.

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8/15/2013 | 10:38:40 PM
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4/24/2013 | 5:10:14 PM
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Revenge yes, justice only their own eyes, and reform only to remake the world to comform their ideas.
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3/14/2013 | 11:12:35 PM
re: Anonymous: 10 Things We've Learned In 2013
Great article but I have to agree with Leo, I dislike reading these articles for that reason alone. All though the topics are of interest, I donGÇÖt have the patience. I also have to disagree with Jonathan on his views on people and their awareness about their online security. I believe because of all the attacks and breeches and the general publicGÇÖs knowledge is constantly increasing, which was the exact opposite in the past.

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3/5/2013 | 9:47:33 PM
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I hadn't heard of this Rustle League incident before. Hackers hacking hackers. I wonder if all of the news surrounding hacking and cybercrime lately could put a big enough dent in people's trust in the internet to actually change people's behavior. Will people start taking their individual online security more seriously? Personally, I doubt it. I feel like we have already developed a sort of blind trust in the internet because it makes our lives so convenient that we don't even want to consider what would happen if our online credentials were compromised.
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3/3/2013 | 8:54:42 PM
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Information Week only had one important New Year's Resolution this year. '"No Slide Show Articles with out a prominent 'View-as-one-page' link." How's that working out for you so far?
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