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Scientology v. Internet: The Saga Continues

Posted by ALmod on January 25, 2008

This time a group of hackers calling themselves Anonymous has declared war, and they’ve released a YouTube video:

Now, these are not your average hackers– the fourteen-year-olds in their mommys’ basements who go around stealing credit card information.  These are real hackers.  Real hackers, the ones you don’t want to mess with, have a purpose and see themselves as the freedom fighters of the Internet.

The gauntlet was thrown when the hackers took out several Scientology websites.  The group claims that their motivation stems from the church’s attack on freedom of speech and dissent.  (The church is notorious for breaking out big lawsuits, specifically claiming copyright, and for their policy of declaring opposition as fair game that should be stopped by any means necessary.)

Now, there’s one group in particular who has the motive and the means to organize this and pull it off successfully.  We’ll just refer to them as the Keyser Söze of hackers.  Anyone I’ve ever met who is deep into the hacker community has told me that they’re not scared of (insert boogeyman here), but they’re scared of these guys– thus the comparison.  If you’re part of the hacker community, you know of whom I speak.  If not, well I wouldn’t worry about it.  They aren’t your boogeymen, after all.  I’m not saying that these guys are Anonymous, but if they are, this could get very interesting.

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5 Responses to “Scientology v. Internet: The Saga Continues”

  1. […] unknown wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptThis time a group of hackers calling themselves Anonymous has declared war, and they’ve released a YouTube video: Now, these are not your average hackers– the fourteen-year-olds in their mommys’ basements who go around stealing credit … […]

  2. anonymous said

    dont really know what you mean about if this is the doings of anonymous, because it is.

  3. ALmod said

    I’m not questioning if this is anonymous. I’m guessing as to the possible identity of Anonymous, or at least the group who started it. But, because I have respect for their mission, I will not reveal my suspicions.

  4. anonymous said

    “Anonymous” is not really a group in the way that most people would think of it. It has no organization, no structure, no hierarchy. Anonymous is the collective of people who wander around certain sites. The vast majority of people that might be labeled as being part of Anonymous are not hackers. There are, of course, some that are. The reason that they are a hacker’s boogeyman, is not that there might be 5 or 6 highly talented guys that will hack you, it is that there will be those 5 or 6 and they will get your passwords and then give it to another 2000 who are all trying to come up with the most devious way they can imagine to make your life miserable. (The 2000 is not exaggeration, there were some 7000+ that showed up worldwide to the Feb protests… and those actually required people to get off the computer and leave the house.)

    Anyway, if you want to see why Anonymous is after the Scientologists, here are some good places to start.

    http://www.youfoundthecard.com/
    http://www.whyaretheydead.net/
    http://www.enturbulation.org/

  5. ALmod said

    “The reason that they are a hacker’s boogeyman, is not that there might be 5 or 6 highly talented guys that will hack you, it is that there will be those 5 or 6 and they will get your passwords and then give it to another 2000 who are all trying to come up with the most devious way they can imagine to make your life miserable.”

    Precisely. I really didn’t want to go into that much detail regarding this, but you worded it nicely without giving too much away.

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