Anonymous is a group of anonymous online activists. They are popularly associated with various online and offline protests commonly relating to freedom of speech. They often protest against political corruption and censorship.They also use DDoS to attack various popular websites such as PayPal and the United States' Department of Justice homepage. Other common targets include organizations perceived to be limiting the freedom of speech.
Some people have been arrested for involvement in Anonymous cyberattacks, in countries including the U.S., UK, Australia, the Netherlands, Spain, and Turkey. Views of the group's actions and usefulness vary widely. Supporters have called the group "freedom fighters" and digital Robin Hoods while some have judged them as "a cyber lynch-mob" or "cyber terrorists". In 2012, Time called Anonymous one of the "100 most influential people" in the world.
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