Sunday, December 12, 2010





Anonymous Info War

We Are Anonymous, We Are Legion, We Do Not Forget. Expect Us.

The events described in this article happened on the morning of 12/09/2010.
I was online live at the time to witness and report about them.

Is this the beginning of an Info War...or as the mainstream media is calling it Cyberwar? Ask yourself this as you read this article, but keep an open mind. Decide for yourself what you wish about anything like terms being used, such as Info War or Cyberwar. But first let us examine the facts as best we can.
Dutch authorities reportedly taking a 16 year old into custody. This arrest was made one day following take-down attempts on PayPal, Visa and MasterCard, and the Swedish government website this week. This is the first officially Info War related arrest . It was also the first arrest directly related to the group hailing itself by the humble name of Anonymous.
The teen has confessed to his involvement in the organized DDoS ( denial-of-service) attack. The attacks were launched over the current WikiLeaks controversy. The attack in Sweden is followed the Swedish government having issued an international warrant over alleged sex offenses against Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder .
Dutch police working with members of the FBI said the boy, arrested early this morning at his home in The Hague, confessed to attacks on MasterCard and Visa. They said he is probably just one out of a large group and several more arrests are expected. His identity was apparently quickly discovered, and the High Tech team moved to arrest him and seize his computer equipment.
The motto of Anonymous is simple, yet memorable:
"We are anonymous, we are legion, we do not forget. Expect us."
The attacks had immediate effects, although some were also unsuccessful. The VISA website was taken down and still is being threat assessed since the attack. Paypal released its funds almost immediately submitting to the demands of the attack on their site. MasterCard held its own but was bogged down heavily for several hours following the attacks. The Swedish governmental website was take down swiftly by the storm upon its servers. was attacked heavily but the result was unsuccessful. Twitter is currently a concerned target due to the fact that they attempted to deleted retweet messages launching and coordinating the attacks. Any other agencies that have hindered Anonymous have been warned that they are likely to be future targets.
WikiLeaks has released a statement about the DDoS attacks. "There has been no contact between any Wikileaks staffer and anyone at Anonymous" the statement reads, "Wikileaks has not received any prior notice of any of Anonymous' actions. We neither condemn nor applaud these attacks. We believe they are a reflection of public opinion on the actions of the targets."
The current question on the public mind has been, who is Anonymous?
The group of self proclaimed "hacktivists" posted a blog setting out its aims as campaigning for free speech. This was the first communication not related or in response to the attacks on December 9th.
"Hello World. We are Anonymous. What you do or do not know about us is irrelevant. We have decided to write to you, the media, and all citizens of the free world at large to inform you of the message, our intentions, potential targets, and our ongoing peaceful campaign for freedom.

"The message is simple: freedom of speech. Anonymous is peacefully campaigning for freedom of speech everywhere in all forms. Freedom of speech for: the Internet, for journalism and journalists, and citizens of the world at large. Regardless of what you think or have to say; Anonymous is campaigning for you."
Until now, Anonymous originated on a hacker-friendly message board called 4chan, was best known for organizing worldwide protests against the Church of Scientology and for attacks on music industry association RIAA, KISS musician Gene Simmons and lawyers who sue file-sharers.
Anyone can join the Anonymous cause by downloading software called LOIC, or Low Orbit Ion Cannon, following the group's instructions and joining hundreds of other computers that swamp a targeted website with so many requests that it temporarily shuts down.
Communications have been made from Anonymous by 22-year-old British man named Chris Wood, who has publicly gone by the name Coldblood.
Coldblood in communication with the London Daily Mail stated this about the Anonymous attacks:
"Websites that are bowing to government pressure have become targets. As an organization we have always taken a strong stance on censorship and freedom of expression on the Internet and come out against those who seek to destroy it by any means. We feel that WikiLeaks has become more than just about leaking of documents, it has become a war ground, the people versus the government. The idea is not to wipe them off but to give the companies a wake-up call."
Anonymous membership numbers about 3,000 estimated. The method used to communicate is via Internet Relay Chat networks that operate like high-tech chat rooms, and in online forums. They toss off colorful but menacing-sounding references to "zombie botnets" and "hive minds". It is part of the subculture of groups such as Anonymous write online manifestos about how to launch attacks and their attack plans so far have been pre-announced.
"Now they're hitting these companies who've decided to buckle under Lieberman and cut off WikiLeaks," Gregg Hoursh a former activist who was part of Anonymous during the Scientology protests, according to AOL News "They want other companies to see what will happen to them if they bow to government pressure. But the message is also about Julian and WikiLeaks. No matter what happens to Julian, even if he were to be assassinated, the rest of the cables are going to be released."
Hoursh goes on to say, "The more firewalls they put up, the tighter they make the controls on the Internet, the more people will come over to this side of the argument. Think the old way -- or think the new way."
Hoursh and Coldblood say they are just serving as spokespersons for recent events. Each explaining that they personally know people in the ranks of Anonymous, but are quick to say that they are only observers and do not condone illegal activity. Nor condemn it, as far as this writer can tell.
The fact is that noone can guarantee total protection against Internet based viruses, infiltration, or by groups like Anonymous, or related non-hacktivists. It should also be made clean that Anonymous did not steal any credit card or personal information as part of their attacks. They have no interest in anything except the taking down of strategic targets, mainly corporate or governmental. These type cyber-cults are not terrorists in any traditional sense. They promote warfare through non-violent action. Noone lost money or was harmed by the attacks, other than the corporations being targeted.
This is pointed out to the reader who may buy into the paranoid propaganda already being slung around by the mainstream media who is profiting from this press by the spreading of false information. But check the facts for yourselves if you do not trust this source. who can also target individuals.
Firms that specialize in defense against such cyberattacks have sprung up just since 2003.
"It's a real cat-and-mouse game," said Greg Burns, a director of Prolexic, one of the world's biggest providers of protection against DDoS attacks. " It counts major banks, airlines and Fortune 500 among its clients. The Internet has a lot of holes and vulnerabilities. We have engineers watching traffic 24/7 for some of our companies. But the challenge is that the hackers are very creative and can sometimes circumvent the protections that are in place within minutes."
The roll call of Anonymous members is allegedly comprised of men and women, young people and older ones, and hails from many different part of the world respectively.
Anonymous is most concerned with what members see as their primary mission. To keep information free and flowing on the Internet. Some Anonymous activists call the attacks part of a new "Info-War" aimed at preserving free speech on the Internet.
It is interesting that the news media has not mad the connection with the reference given them publicly in that last statement.
'Info War' is not just a term, it is a reference to an unfinished online novel published by a cult called the Cypherpunks in the 1990s. If you search online this is part of a three novel manifesto by cyber author Son of Gomez in the following order. The novel is made to freely repost anywhere in its entirety. Although it is getting harder to find sites hosting it that have not been taken offline or suspended.
Book 1 : The Xenix Chainsaw Massacre
Book 2 : WebWorld or the Mythical Circle of Eunuchs
Book 3 : Info War or the Final Frontier ( an unfinished work due to the arrest of the author)

( The term used above Eunuchs refers to members of the Heavens Gate UFO suicides in 1997, this group is mentioned and real information about them is within. The novel was published only online, and much of the information about the computer industry and its characters is real).
Son of Gomez was arrested in 1997. The Cypherpunks were caught up in the an onslaught of federal investigations into fringe groups following the Waco Branch Dravidian's incident in Texas that year. Also the Cypherpunks had made an alleged assassination attempt on Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
The 'Info War' reference made by some Anonymous members is obviously from the Son of Gomez manifesto. If this is the first reporting to make this connection, then the agencies involved with investigating Anonymous need to get with the times.
What I have quoted here are the last paragraphs of the unfinished cyber novel 'Info War' by Son of Gomez aka C.J. Parker. Ominous words, that are likely relevant now more than over.
"It amazes me that a US citizen is subject to imprisonment for sending the same material to a foreign country that she can legally send to the email addresses of foreign nationals and foreign embassy employees within the Us. It particularly amazes me that those who manage to get elected to high office by promising to be 'tough on crime, ' and who stress the need for the citizens to be protected from savage crimes-—such as, say.. .murdering those in authority——by labeling as criminals and punishing those who do such things, would be so eager to enact so many far—reaching laws that an increasing majority of the citizens are, in fact, becoming criminals and thus have increasingly little to lose by resisting the government's declared intention to punish them. The government goes to great pains to convince the citizens that violence and killing is justified when it is directed toward The Bad Guys . Well, when you become a criminal, guess who The Bad Guys are..."
'Info War' is not for the weak of heart. No matter what side you take position with in these current events. Know what you are getting yourself into. This is not a game, and remember kids, " It ain't over till it's over."
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"It is in human nature to destroy itself. "
- Arnold Schwarzeneger / T2

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