Anonymous (group)

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An image commonly associated with Anonymous.

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.

Anonymous is also often associated with image boards such as 4chan and protests such as the Occupy Movement.

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"[1] and digital Robin Hoods[2] while some have judged them as "a cyber lynch-mob"[3] or "cyber terrorists".[4] In 2012, Time called Anonymous one of the "100 most influential people" in the world.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Krupnick, Matt (August 15, 2011). "Freedom fighters or vandals? No consensus on Anonymous". Oakland Tribune. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  2. Carter, Adam (March 15, 2013). "From Anonymous to shuttered websites, the evolution of online protest". CBC News. Archived from the original on May 6, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  3. Coleman, Gabriella (April 6, 2011). "Anonymous: From the Lulz to Collective Action". Archived from the original on May 5, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  4. Rawlinson, Kevin; Peachey, Paul (April 13, 2012). "Hackers step up war on security services". The Independent.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  5. Gellman, Barton (April 18, 2012). "The 100 Most Influential People In The World". Time.