The internet group Anonymous have made news headline time and time again by terrorising companies and governments across the global, by hacking official websites and exposing their embarrassing security flaws and private information. The group also helped in Egypt earlier this year by exposing vital information about President Mubarak and also brought down the Egyptian governments website for several days, in support of the peoples revolution there.
Anonymous have struck again recently by putting the wind up gaming super giants Sony, by threatening to take down their official website. The hacking tyrants have mounted a vendetta against Sony Playstation after they filed a law suit against George Hotz, who hacked into the ‘unbreakable’ Playstation 3 gaming console and posted instructions and videos on how to do it on his blog, for other users to utilise. Sony also wanted to track the IP addresses of anyone who had visited Hotz blog in order to stop the information being leaked any further. Incidentally, the case never went to court as Hotz managed to obtain a handsome settlement from Sony, under the conditions he would never try to hack any of their products again. Hotz is also known for unlocking applications on the apple iphone to make them more accessible and affordable to the public. It is not known if he was a member of Anonymous, but the group certainly supported his actions and continue to pressure Sony with hacking threats.
Anonymous use a series of techniques to contact each other by using different social media channels, along with various email servers and IP addresses to avoid detection by authorities! There are no official set guidelines to be a member of Anonymous, just as long as you can perform tasks on the net whilst remaining concealed, you’re set to go! One member described the organisation as a ‘loose coalition of internet denizens’ banded together through a series of social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and myspace and also using YouTube and 4chan to host videos and publicise important messages.