Tech Blog: Who is Anonymous?


With all of the attention that the group has been attracting over the last year, many people are beginning to ask “Who is Anonymous? And what do they do?”

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This image taken from a a video posted by Internet hackers on the Greek Justice Ministry web site on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, shows a figure in a Guy Fawkes mask reading a statement. Greek and Cypriot hackers from the "Anonymous" group said in a statement on the hacked web site that their action was to protest Greece's signing of the ACTA copyright treaty. They threatened with future attacks on Greek government and media sites if Greece implements the treaty. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Anonymous is a group of online activists, or “hackivists” who send their message worldwide via the web.  They have no official spokesperson. As a symbol they use the popular “Guy Fawkes” mask as a symbol of anonymity against the establishment.

They have taken part in protesting against what they call oppression by government, especially during the Arabic Spring.  They also took an active part in the “Occupy” protests last year and early this year, and they took action against the SOPA and PIPA bills that went before congress in January.

In early in February they hacked calls between the FBI and Scotland yard regarding an ongoing investigation.  They also hacked law enforcement agencies nationwide later that month.

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