This week’s lecture explored the global network of hackers, whistleblowers and social activists.
Anonymous is an international activist/hactivist collective that is known for their cyber attacks on large corporations and government institutions. I’ve always known about Anonymous and could name you a handful of their operations, but this lecture invited me to investigate the group deeper.
The first thing I found was a documentary on their involvement in the Steubenville Rape Case. Anonymous rounded up information on the alleged gang rape and kidnapping of a 16-year-old female by two high-school football players. Being a big football focused town, there was a shady cover up of the situation and this attracted the eyes of Anonymous who hacked emails, recovered photos and videos, and essentially unravelled the entire attempted cover up.
This operation from Anonymous reminded me of their leaking of documents relating to Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump. While a person or group claimed to be part of Anonymous, nothing has officially happened as a result. I’m interested to see if they will play a part as the case continues to unfold with the flight logs demanding to be made available to the public. I think Anonymous are an interesting look at hacking and hacktivism and while they help a lot of social issues, I also understand, to some extent, that it could be perceived as cyber terrorism.
What do you think of Anonymous’ work? What do you think they will hack next?