This week its been quietly announced that members of the hacker group known as Anonymous are releasing their very own desktop operating system. This system is known at the moment as Anonymous-OS and is currently in as infant a stage as it possibly could be at version 0.1. That's pre-pre-Alpha, for those of you counting, and we're not even going to tell you to download it or do a search for it - keep your eyes off of it!
Earlier this week, AntiSec, part of Anonymous, hacked and defaced Panda Security’s PandaLabs website after the FBI arrested five members of LulzSec. AntiSec have struck again, this time hacking New York Ironworks website, a company dealing in law enforcement supplies. They also posted a message taunting the FBI.
Notorious hacker group Anonymous has taken down the Vatican's website today in an attack against the scandals and conservative doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. The Italian branch of the hacker group claimed responsibility for the breach and even posted a statement listing the Church's misdeeds throughout history.
Yesterday we learned of the arrests of five members of hacker group LulzSec, seemingly brought down by their own leader working in tandem with the FBI. Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka “Sabu”, was arrested back in June 2011 and is thought to have been working with the FBI ever since. In response, members claiming to be part of Anonymous have hacked and defaced Panda Security’s PandaLabs website.
Sony has inadvertently found itself funding FreeAnons, after band Atari Teenage Riot agreed to one of its tracks being used in a PS Vita commercial but donated the fee to the Anonymous legal support group. Alex Empire of Atari Teenage Riot has some history with Sony - the company used a track of his without permission back in 1999 in a Handycam commercial - and so couldn't resist suggesting track Black Flags when the Japanese company came looking for music for its new Vita advertising campaign. The song contains multiple references to Anonymous and has been used in several Occupy Wall Street (OWS) promotional videos.
This week a couple of names in information security and the hacking of said information have popped up in relation to one another once again, Symantec accusing certain downloads of Anonymous web tools of containing malware in and of themselves. It is with the tools in question that the utterly massive hacker collective known as Anonymous is able to carry out DoS attacks with the help of users all around the world. What Symantec is saying today is that these tools, or at least some versions of the downloads of these tools, also contain malware that infects the user's own machine at the same time as they attack others.
This week it appears that the NSA has brought forth warnings of the hacker group Anonymous' ability to take down the power grid at a most opportune time, according to none other than Anonymous. While earlier this week it was warned by the NSA that Anonymous might be targeting the US power grid, the hacker group has noted that they'd do no such thing, as "there are ppl on life support/other vital services that rely on it." In addition, the group has brought attention today to a new bill that's looking to get passed in the first part of the year: the Cybersecurity Act of 2012.
I have a strong feeling that the heat is about to get turned up significantly on the hacker group Anonymous. Gen. Keith Alexander, the director of NSA, has warned that Anonymous could have the ability within the next year or two to cause a limited power outage via cyber attacks. Anonymous has been growing in power and boldness over the last year or more with high profile attacks on Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal among others.
We're all used to celebrating Fridays as the end of the work or school week, giving us a chance to relax and unwind, and creating excuses so we don't have to wake up early on Saturday. But for another group of people, Fridays will become a bit more serious. Infamous hacking group Anonymous has decided to commit to at least of hack every week, and it will happen on Fridays.