Friday, February 18, 2011

Anonymous -internet-based super consciousness

In the recent past this group of hackers have done marvelous job, and the way they displayed their protest against all sort of atrocities was worth appreciating. I wish even Indian hackers have this much of unity and determination amongst them. Earlier it was a myth a social worker, or leader or some patriot can bring revolution and change the entire system, can get freedom for the country or protect against injustice. But these warriors have refuted all those claims by setting new trends in internet world.

The name Anonymous itself is inspired by the perceived anonymity under which users post images and comments on the Internet. Usage of the term Anonymous in the sense of a shared identity began on image boards. A tag of Anonymous is assigned to visitors who leave comments without identifying the originator of the posted content. As the popularity of imageboards increased, the idea of Anonymous as a collective of unnamed individuals became an internet meme.. The secretive organisation is being investigated in several countries over strikes on Visa, PayPal and others. The group retaliated overnight by breaking into the company's website and hijacking his Twitter account. Anonymous, known for being a loosely-knit group, has been involved in a number of high profile online protests and attacks in recent months. In December, the group launched a campaign in support of Wikileaks that disrupted services at MasterCard, Visa and other companies that had withdrawn support the whistle-blowing website. The strike led to police investigations around the world, and a number of arrests in Britain and the Netherlands. Whatever, but no one could stop them doing whatever they are determined to do. I feel proud of these hackers because they have that strength to change wrong equations of so called supreme power by gaining control of all the company's e-mail, erased its files, taken down their phone systems and placed copies of many internal documents online.

Anonymous, which started as an offshoot of the notorious 4Chan internet messageboard, has been linked to a number of virtual and real-world protests over recent years. As well as the Wikileaks attacks, it also orchestrated strikes on government services in Tunisia and Egypt in support of popular protests in those countries. It has also launched vociferous protests for the right to uncensored access to pornography online and taken action against an anti-piracy firm hired by Bollywood studios. It is involved in a long-running battle with the Church of Scientology, amid claims that the religious group stifles dissent. The group has previously claimed it has no real leadership, although some individuals have come forward from time to time to explain their motives.

Somewhere in December there was an interview on BBC of someone known as Coldblood, he said in that interview that "thousands" of people had joined the protests to support Wikileaks' right to publish the US government's classified diplomatic cables. "We are trying to keep the internet open and free but in recent years governments have been trying to limit the freedom we have on the internet," he said at the time. Coldblood confirmed that he was among five people arrested across the UK last month as part of the police investigation into the Wikileaks protests. Anonymous broadly represents the concept of any and all people as an unnamed collective. Definitions tend to emphasize the fact that the term cannot be readily encompassed by a simple definition, and instead it is often defined by aphorisms describing perceived qualities.Hackers from Anonymous, best-known for attacks on Scientology and Wikileaks detractors, Operation Payback" attacks against Mastercard and Visa in December; brought the name to Anonymous as an organized crime syndicate.

Anonymous are utterly democratic mass of untraceable Internet users who come and go as they please. And this group has thousands of members and big fan fallowing across the globe. . As an Internet meme it represents the concept of many on-line community users, or the on-line community itself, acting anonymously in a coordinated manner, usually toward a goal. They are also labeled as hacktivists who undertake protests and other actions under the notional title "Anonymous," which derives from the same meme. It is generally considered to be a blanket term for members of certain Internet subcultures.
Although not necessarily tied to a single on-line entity, many websites are strongly associated with Anonymous. This includes notable imageboards such as 4chan and Futaba, their associated wikis, Encyclopædia Dramatica, and a number of forums. Anonymous broadly represents the concept of any and all people as an unnamed collective. Definitions tend to emphasize the fact that the term cannot be readily encompassed by a simple definition, and instead it is often defined by aphorisms describing perceived qualities. Anonymous is the first internet-based super consciousness.

When it comes to big statements then this group is termed as a group of "hacktivists" who crippled websites in revenge for cutting off services to whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks are warned they will continue their "digital sit-in" in a campaign for total internet freedom. But this is a group of individuals who get together to decide they want to do something. One of the main goals of Anonymous is keep the internet free and open for everyone to use and not to censor data or anything that goes through the internet. It probably has angered some of the public but that it's a necessary evil.

At last I can get only one thing they are none other than a computer hacker, a tech savvy personas. Anonymous is made up from people everywhere. They have got people from all walks of life who are participating in it. But that does not mean it's going to turn into an all out cyber war. It's maybe one battle in a very, very long uphill struggle. Anonymous works on a day by day basis. People throw idea out there, and they like it enough and it sticks, the idea becomes reality.

Long live Anonymous

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