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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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Largely, however, Anonymous stays on the offensive. Indeed, this week, Anonymous also announced that it had discovered a hacker-profiling operation being run by Bank of America (BoA).

"Has mummy ever said dont play with Anonymous???" read a subsequent release from Anonymous of what the group said was 320 MB of data amassed by Allegio Group subsidiary TEKsystems. In short order, Anonymous then released, via the Par:anoia website, what it said was "a total of 14 GB [of] data, code and software that is related to Bank of America, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, TEKSystems and ClearForest."

"It shows that Bank of America and others are contracting other companies to spy and collect information on private citizens," according to an overview published on that site.

"Looking at the data it becomes clear that Bank of America, TEKSystems and others ... gathered information on Anonymous and other activists' movement on various social media platforms and public Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channels," it said.

Despite the data dox, an Anonymous channel on Twitter promised that the attack was centered on revenge, rather than compromising customer data or committing identity theft. "No Bank of America customer information was viewed or published at any time," it said.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Todd Blaisdell.

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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 donG«÷t 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 publicG«÷s 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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