It’s like a plot from a William Gibson novel.
Yesterday, PC Mag reported that a cyber attack against the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) by members of a group called Anonymous was set up for 4 p.m. this Friday, October 29, 2010. But it didn’t happen, until an hour later as related by Slyck News.
The group operates on the strategy to attack the DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service).
I took it upon myself to surf the RIAA site and received no response. The website is down. A quick look at Twitter and I found many celebratory tweets from fans of the group and perhaps from group members themselves masking in the shadows of their avatars.
Who makes up this cyberpunk group called Anonymous?
No one really knows. But Sean-Paul Correll from PandaBlogs, was brave enough to interview one of the tech savvy members of the group:
“I believe it is just a description of what we are. Anonymous is not an organization with hierarchy and leaders. We manifest as Anarchy.”
For an anarchist group, Anonymous is highly sophisticated. Recently, they posted letters in a media kit as a press release for the attack:
“We will prevent users to access said enemy sites and we will keep them down for as long as we can. But why, you ask? Anonymous is tired of corporate interests controlling the internet and silencing the people’s rights to spread information, but more importantly, the right to SHARE with one another.”
It is said to be composed of a group of dissidents who band on Internet sites such as 4chan, Encyclopaedia Dramatica, Twitter and IRC channels. They do not have a face, but a created image. Together, they gather for a common cause-to free the Internet.
Chris Landers from the Baltimore City Paper pointed out that Anonymous was born on 4chan, an online image board devoted towards anime. No one posted his or her real names not to pass judgment on anyone.
With their most recent call to arms, the Anonymous group believes it will not get caught. In their website they urged members to deny knowing what you are talking about or just pretend that your computer was infected by a virus– a “botnet.” It is believed that Anonymous is a worldwide spread movement. In the past it has launched attacks even against Gene Simmons’ website. Gene Simmons, the frontman of Kiss made comments against piracy:
“Make sure your brand is protected. . . Make sure there are no incursions. Be litigious. Sue everybody. Take their homes, their cars. Don’t let anybody cross that line.” (Ars Technica)
Inevitably, these comments angered Anonymous in their search to free the internet from law.
Correll, Sean-Paul. 4chan Users Organize Surgical Strike Against MPAA. PandaBlogs.com
Correll, Sean-Paul. Interview with Anonymous. PandaBlogs.com
Landers, Chris. Serious Business. Baltimore City Paper.
Lasar, Matthew. Kiss Frontman on P2P: “Sue everybody. Take their homes, their cars.” Ars Technica.
Mennecke, Thomas. RIAA and Limewire Both Offline. Slyck.com
Tsotsis, Alexis. RIAA Goes Offline Joins MPAA as Latest Victim of Succesful DDos Attacks. TechCrunch.com