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Anonymous wants DDoS attacks to be a legal form of protest

Anonymous wants DDoS attacks to be a legal form of protest

A petition was posted on the White House's website by Anonymous, which is seeking to have DDoS attacks become a legal form of protest. Distributed denial-of-service attacks are not hacking, the group says, but are instead the equivalent of "hitting the refresh button on a webpage." In doing so, the protesters are occupying a digital space much like a protester outside of a physical business.

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Twitter pulls the plug on Anonymous

Twitter pulls the plug on Anonymous

This afternoon, Anonymous's Twitter account went offline to the horror of thousands of followers and supporters who expressed their collective outrage. Turns out the social network pulled the plug on the hackers' account for posting private info. The account came back a while later, with Anonymous sharing the letter it received from Twitter over the incident.

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Anonymous celebrates Guy Fawkes Day with reported PayPal hack [UPDATE]

Anonymous celebrates Guy Fawkes Day with reported PayPal hack [UPDATE]

In case you don't remember, today is Guy Fawkes Day. Anonymous is trying to make sure that you remember the fifth of November, taking to Twitter today to announce that it has hacked PayPal and made off with nearly 28,000 passwords. According to The Next Web, Anonymous posted these passwords (along with usernames and telephone numbers in some cases) to Private Paste, though at the time of this writing the page linked to by the AnonymousPress Twitter account has been taken down. [UPDATE: PayPal responds below.]

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Anonymous turns its attention toward Zynga

Anonymous turns its attention toward Zynga

Zynga has been in the news a lot lately, but the recent layoffs at the beleaguered social games company have caught the attention of more than just the media. Anonymous isn't all too happy with Zynga at the moment, and it's planning to do something about the company's perceived mistreatment of employees come Guy Fawkes Day. It's then, on November 5, that Anonymous plans to complete "operation maZYNGA," an offensive it has apparently already started.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 12, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 12, 2012

Welcome to Friday, folks. The weekend is here once again, and what better way to kick off the festivities than with a Windows 8 purchase? The new OS went up for pre-order today, while a number of other Windows 8-related stories were popping up all over the place. For instance, we found out that the marketing campaign for Windows 8 cost Microsoft a whopping $1.5 billion, and a collection of HP computers were spotted running Windows 8 on the show floor of one Best Buy store in Minnesota.

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Anonymous cuts ties with Wikileaks over new “paywall”

Anonymous cuts ties with Wikileaks over new “paywall”

Once upon a time, Wikileaks and Anonymous were best friends. Wikileaks would get bullied by "the man," and Anonymous would bring down government websites in retaliation. They seemed to make a good pair, like chocolate and peanut butter or Mario and Yoshi (sorry Luigi). Today, however, it seems that Anonymous wants out of this relationship, despite the fact that Wikileaks could use a lot of help right about now.

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Facebook goes down around the world in apparent Anonymous attack

Facebook goes down around the world in apparent Anonymous attack

If you're trying to get on Facebook at the moment and the site isn't cooperating, you're definitely not alone. The Next Web is reporting that throughout the day, Facebook has gone down in places like Austria, Norway, Germany, Greece, France, Italy, and Sweden. Making things much more interesting is Twitter user AnonymousOwn3r, who is claiming to be the one bringing Facebook to its knees.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 5, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 5, 2012

We've arrived at another Friday evening, which means that the weekend lies ahead. Today, as many of you probably already know, was the one-year anniversary of the passing of Steve Jobs. Apple paid tribute to Jobs in a new video released today, and it was announced that three modified MacBook Pros will be auctioned off in memory of Jobs. On the lighter side of things, Lenovo is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the ThinkPad with a look back through time, and Samsung's profits for Q3 2013 managed to break company records (not an easy thing to do, considering how popular Samsung is).

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Anonymous attacks Sweden for Pirate Bay Justice

Anonymous attacks Sweden for Pirate Bay Justice

Anonymous is at it once again, this time launching what is being called "the biggest thing to ever happen in Anonymous history." The group posted a video to YouTube yesterday in which is calls for Anonymous supporters to help it attack a number of Swedish government sites for the perceived slights against The Pirate Bay and controversial Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Today, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that, sure enough, a number of Swedish websites have been taken offline after being flooded with traffic.

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