Anonymous (2003 onwards, originally from the imageboard 4chan) is a loosely affiliated cyber-terror vigilante/hacker organization. The group became known for a series of well-publicized publicity stunts and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on government, religious, and corporate websites. Their symbols and identifiers are the Guy Fawkes mask and Man Without a Head.
In its early form, the concept was adopted by a decentralized online community acting anonymously in a coordinated manner, usually toward a loosely self-agreed goal, and primarily focused on entertainment, or "lulz". Beginning with 2008's Project Chanology—a series of protests, pranks, and hacks targeting the Church of Scientology —the Anonymous collective became increasingly associated with collaborative, hacktivism on a number of issues internationally. Individuals claiming to align themselves with Anonymous undertook protests and other actions (including direct action) in retaliation against anti-digital piracy campaigns by motion picture and recording industry trade associations. Later targets of Anonymous hacktivism included government agencies of the US, Israel, Tunisia, Uganda, and others; child pornography sites; copyright protection agencies; the Westboro Baptist Church; and corporations such as PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, and Sony. Anons have publicly supported WikiLeaks and the Occupy movement. Related groups LulzSec and Operation AntiSec carried out cyberattacks on US government agencies, media, video game companies, military contractors, military personnel, and police officers, resulting in the attention of law enforcement to the groups activities.
Dozens of people have been arrested for involvement in Anonymous cyberattacks, in countries including the US, UK, Australia, the Netherlands, Spain, and Turkey. Evaluations of the group's actions and effectiveness vary widely. The Anonymous began as a group of politically motivated "freedom fighters" and digital Robin Hoods but has devolved into "a cyber lynch-mob" or "cyber terrorist organization".
Of relevance to Minor Attracted People
In January 2015, a group of Script kiddies (unskilled cyber attackers), led by a 16-year-old lesbian girl from North Carolina who called herself IncursioSubter, DDoS attacked the Free Spirits servers causing minor short term disruptions in service.
- See - Wikipedia.
Encyclopedia Dramatica was founded in 2004 by Sherrod DeGrippo, initially as a means of documenting gossip related to LiveJournal, but it quickly was adopted as a major platform by Anonymous for parody and other purposes. Currently, ED hosts a collection of outdated and inaccurate articles that originated from anti-pedophile website, Wikisposure. In recent years, the site has taken on more of an uptight, moralfag tone and a more rules-based approach to managing their pedophile related lulz content.
Darknet efforts and #OpPedoChat
Anons launched Operation Darknet in October 2011, targeting websites hosting child pornography. In particular, the group hacked a child pornography site called "Lolita City" hosted by Freedom Hosting, releasing 1,589 usernames from the site. Anons also said that they had disabled forty image-swapping pedophile websites that employed the anonymity network Tor. In 2012, Anons leaked the names of users of a suspected child porn site in OpDarknetV2. Anonymous launched the #OpPedoChat campaign on Twitter in 2012 as a continuation of Operation Darknet. In attempt to eliminate child pornography from the internet, the group posted the emails and IP addresses of suspected pedophiles on the online forum PasteBin.
Lulz vs anti-pedophile anons
Lulz is a term used in reference to often unintentionally funny internet content. Internet comedy - memetic, ironic and viral in nature, is embraced by a number of websites in a variety of ways. Encyclopedia Dramatica is used to chart a number of subjects and their relation to internet comedy - specifically lulz. Unlike Wikipedia - a strictly encyclopedic, pseudo-scholarly, bureaucratic and somewhat reactionary medium, Encyclopedia Dramatica works off the principles of anarchy and comical justice.
The vulnerability of pedophiles and anti-pedophiles to lulz depends on factors both societal and personal. Put simply, it depends on whose emotional state can be spun into the biggest joke. Some pedophiles such as Geoffrey Leonard and tpka Dylan Thomas have exposed themselves to the cruel justice of lulz by making themselves easy targets. In failing to understand internet humour and trying far too hard to convey in image that the majority of web users will just not accept, such characters are said to become lulzcows.
On the other hand, self-identifying internet pedophiles who accept their given allocation of mockery and externally-derived identity may be able to hit back, if they can themselves deliver in the world of internet humour. An example of this was Mark Miner - who after claiming to have exposed a corrupt, anti-pedophile police officer, was accepted for a presentation at a real-life lulz convention.
- Anonymous (in the news) - targeted child porn users.
- Anonymous (in the news) - later claim to target dark web CP users.
- BoyWiki - Contains sources for much of this stub article.
- "Anonymous Targets Pedophiles Via #OpPedoChat Campaign". PC Magazine. Retrieved October 28, 2016. Steadman, Ian. "Anonymous launches #OpPedoChat, targets paedophiles". WIRED UK. Retrieved October 28, 2016.