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OT: Anonymous Hacks Everything To Remember The 5th Of November

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Initial post: Nov 5, 2012, 1:46:26 PM PST
Zak Iarih says:
The hacker collective celebrates Guy Fawkes day by defacing a crapload of websites.

Ah, Anonymous. Just when we thought the rash of "hacktivism" associated with Occupy Wall Street and WikiLeaks was over, you take the opportunity to smash our faces with the pie of broken websites. Today, November 5th, is Guy Fawkes Day. It commemorates the spoiling of a Catholics plot to blow up the House of Lords and depose the Protestant King James I. The hacker group known as Anonymous has taken the Guy Fawkes mask as their symbol, possibly because they are Catholics, but more likely due to the graphic novel and subsequent movie adaption of V for Vendetta about a British anarchist fighting for freedom. That's where the following rhyme is often repeated: "Remember, remember; The fifth of November; The gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason; Why the gunpowder treason; Should ever be forgot."

How did the hackers celebrate November 5th this year? Well, by claiming to attack numerous websites for major companies and organizations including but not limited to PayPal, antivirus software-maker Symantec, ImageShack, NBC, the Argentina Government Bank, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and the official website for an Australian government program for disabled people. Many of the websites supposedly affected have been returned to their owners' control, but Anonymous claims to have stolen some documents and even personal information such as PayPal passwords.

Not content to let their anarchist acts speak for themselves, the hackers took to Twitter and other social media to proclaim their commemorative actions. The torrent began around 9pm ET last night with the following statement from the official Anonymous "press arm": "Preparing #OpVendetta Remember, remember 5th of November." There follows a stream of announcements, boasts and taunts as PayPal and the other sites are defaced.

"The Twitterverse goes mad wondering what #Anonymous will do next on this 5th day of November since we already started out with a bang!" read a Tweet from Anonymous Press at 10:30pm ET last night.

Most of the attacks were merely defacing websites with Anonymous messaging in protest of supposed anti-freedom initiatives by governments, but the attack on PayPal is potentially more serious. Anonymous claims its hackers stole information from 27,935 and posted still-encrypted passwords for all to see. PayPal responded by saying, "We're investigating this but to date we have been unable to find any evidence that validates this claim." Still, if PayPal was indeed hacked then the allegations against Anonymous escalate from vandalism and criminal mischief to allowing the actual theft of real assets.

The Anonymous attacks don't just involve financial institutions and governments; was hacked in addition to websites for properties such as the Jimmy Fallon show, Saturday Night Live and even Lady Gaga. Really? Gaga? She's not subversive enough for you, Anonymous?

There will likely be more reports of hackings over the course of the day no doubt ensuring we will indeed remember, remember the 5th of November.

Source: ZD Net and Cnet

Posted on Nov 5, 2012, 1:49:01 PM PST
MrFoxhound says:
Drag these pasty nerds out from their parents basements into the back yard and just execute them.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012, 1:51:08 PM PST
Soulshine says:
I bet they have the masks on and everything.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012, 1:52:16 PM PST
MrFoxhound says:
Yeah, but I'm sure it loses most of it's luster when you realize that the next tab on their browser is a shemale gang bang.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012, 1:52:36 PM PST
I dunno about THIS Anonymous, but the Anon over on 4chan currently isn't giving a crap about the 5th of November.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012, 1:54:29 PM PST
JWK says:
I guess this answers the question, "Who knows less about the history of Guy Fawkes Day: Occupy Wallstreet kids or Anonymous?"

Posted on Nov 5, 2012, 1:54:53 PM PST
GarionOrb says:

Posted on Nov 5, 2012, 1:55:50 PM PST
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Posted on Nov 5, 2012, 3:52:12 PM PST
Zak Iarih says:
Rallies going on in places now :facepalm:

Posted on Nov 5, 2012, 6:55:44 PM PST
I love how they claim to be all about freedom while posting the passwords of private individuals from PayPal.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012, 6:58:41 PM PST
FOGE says:
PSN and LIVE are still up? I don't care then

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012, 6:59:43 PM PST
DVvM says:
Time to change the password on my paypal account.

I generally keep it as a completely random "mash the keyboard" string of gibberish.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012, 7:02:08 PM PST
Finger says:
Yeah man! Stick it to the Argentine Bank!

Wait... What?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012, 7:16:13 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 5, 2012, 7:17:58 PM PST
mattfixit says:
no need to execute them the sun will already incinerate their pasty hides.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012, 7:44:08 PM PST
I wonder why the almighty hacker group can't target the people who they actually claim to be against? Why is it my services and my accounts are under attack because the head of a company or a government is their "enemy"? A website for the disabled gets taken down? These guys are supposed to be heroes and watching out for me yet all I see them doing is screwing me and people at my level over constantly. What's worse is people stupidly support them and think this is all great stuff when in reality it isn't.

These guys aren't as powerful as they would like you to think otherwise they would be going after the big wigs. They'd be hitting their personal accounts, impacting their personal lives, and making sure they felt the pressure instead of passing that pressure onto us.

If I ever get a chance to meet one of these guys I'm going to punch them right in the face and let them know it was because I don't like PayPal or something like that. I'm sure they'll understand not being able to hit those you actually want to and just going after a proxy.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012, 9:31:54 PM PST
saskamazon says:
if these hackers wanted to be cyber heroes they could track & expose child pornography - attacking random individuals & sites for the disabled isn't going to win them any positive praise ... ridiculous.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012, 9:38:31 PM PST
I don't even know if I have one. I feel like I might, but I've never used it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012, 9:40:06 PM PST
I believe there is a sect of Anonymous that does exactly that.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012, 11:18:39 PM PST
Anonymous doesn't have sects. They're not organized. They're whoever happens to say they're Anonymous that particular hour. I really wish people would stop talking about Anon as if it were some cohesive group.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012, 3:10:06 AM PST
GUEST!! says:
My wife has a collector's edition V mask from the release of the movie. Cost a couple hundred bucks, and is one of the limited ones that was actually molded for the actor's face. She... really didn't want me wearing it when I wanted to go participate in the Scientology protests.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012, 3:27:22 AM PST
Rons Mkay says:
They tried that once.... it was easy, since it all originated on their own computers

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012, 4:21:13 AM PST
Like Nate said, been there and done that.

What gets me is what's up with defacing a site about disabled people? That shows what kind of mindset these imbeciles have.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012, 4:31:41 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2012, 4:32:04 AM PST
GUEST!! says:
Well, some of 'em are imbeciles yeah. But like others have said, there's no real set ideology for Anon. It's basically whoever claims the title and gets people to join him or her in doing something. It would be like trying to track down Anarchist "leaders."

Posted on Nov 6, 2012, 4:39:42 AM PST
MrFoxhound says:
Hide yo kids; hide yo wife; er'ebody gettin' hacked up in heer.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012, 4:41:26 AM PST
The sad thing is I kinda agree with some things that they believe. We need greater transparency in todays times, and some activities need to be brought to light. Where I fall off the bandwagon is the means this group goes through to get attention. Government corruption? Shine a light on that. The exploitation of children? Heck yeah, let everyone know what those people are doing and shut them down.

If they only did these kinds of activities, then I would proudly wear a Guy Fawkes mask in support. However, since any group of people can claim to be Anon to pull some stupid online such as hitting Paypal servers and 'possibly' making off with user passwords or defiling a website for disabled people, I just shake my head in disgust and move on.
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