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Who Is Anonymous: 10 Key Facts

Anonymous 'hacktivists' aim to expose what they call government and establishment hypocrisy. Take a closer look at the group, its offshoots, and its infamous attacks.
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Operation Payback was an effort to back WikiLeaks. But was it effective? Anonymous isn't dedicated to knocking power grids offline, or crippling hardened military communications networks. Rather, it's online activism in the form of a PR campaign. Notably, the group launched DDoS attacks against the websites of MasterCard and Visa, highlighting their refusal to accept donations bound for WikiLeaks. But rather than disrupting those companies' payment networks, which would have hit their bottom lines, WikiLeaks' supporters merely knocked the companies' public-facing websites offline.

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5/22/2012 | 7:05:52 PM
re: Who Is Anonymous: 10 Key Facts
Interesting article. The Guy Fawkes mask idea is from the graphic novel for 'V for Vendetta' by Alan Moore and David Lloyd.
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7/23/2018 | 4:03:51 AM
re: Who Is Anonymous: 10 Key Facts
Look how influential a single group of activists could be regardless of their goal and purpose. What their real intention is does not matter but what entices the public is the content that they are able to deliver. As long as they have something that the viewers would like to see, like concrete evidence against anyone, then they already have the viewers' attention. If only this same group of people could spend their time more wisely like speaking out for the injured, the minorities, the hurt, and others, the world would be a better place.
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