Anonymous Releases Very Unanonymous Press Release

Today, December 10th, Anonymous, an Internet gathering, released a press release which you can read below. In it, a description is provided of what Anonymous is about, what Operation Payback is, and where the media is getting it wrong. Also in it, its author forgot to remove his name in the pdf’s Meta information.

Press Release

ANON OPS: A Press Release


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Um, Alex Tapanaris…?

Document Author: Alex Tapanaris


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ANON OPS: A Press Release December 10, 2010

Who is Anonymous In their most recent public statement, WikiLeaks is the only group of people to identify Anonymous correctly. Anonymous is not a group, but rather an Internet gathering.

Both Anonymous and the media that is covering it are aware of the percieved dissent between individuals in the gathering. This does not, however, mean that the command structure of Anonymous is failing for a simple reason: Anonymous has a very loose and decentralized command structure that operates on ideas rather than directives.

We do not believe that a similar movement exists in the world today and as such we have to learn by trial and error. We are now in the process of better communicating some core values to the individual atoms that comprise Anonymous – we also want to take this opportunity to communicate a message to the media, so that the average Internet Citizen can get to know who we are and what we represent.

Anonymous is not a group of hackers. We are average Interent Citizens ourselves and our motivation is a collective sense of being fed up with all the minor and major injustices we witness every day.

We do not want to steal your personal information or credit card numbers. We also do not seek to attack critical infrastructure of companies such as Mastercard, Visa, PayPal or Amazon. Our current goal is to raise awareness about WikiLeaks and the underhanded methods employed by the above companies to impair WikiLeaks’ ability to function.

What is Operation: Payback As stated above, the point of Operation: Payback was never to target critical infrastructure of any of the companies or organizations affected. Rather than doing that, we focused on their corporate websites, which is to say, their online “public face”. It is a symbolic action – as blogger and academic Evgeny Morozov put it, a legitimate expression of dissent.

The background to the attacks on PayPal and the calls to attack Amazon.com Amazon, which was until recently WikiLeaks’ DNS provider, was one of the first companies to drop support for WikiLeaks. On December 9th, BusinessInsider.com reported that Amazon.co.uk were hosting the recently leaked diplomatic cables in e-book form. (Amazon.co.uk has since ceased selling the bundle of the diplomatic cables.)

After this piece of news circulated, parts of Anonymous on Twitter asked for Amazon.com to be targetted. The attack never occured.

While it is indeed possible that Anonymous may not have been able to take Amazon.com down in a DDoS attack, this is not the only reason the attack never occured. After the attack was so advertised in the media, we felt that it would affect people such as consumers in a negative way and make them feel threatened by Anonymous. Simply put, attacking a major online retailer when people are buying presents for their loved ones, would be in bad taste.

The continuing attacks on PayPal are already tested and preferable: while not damaging their ability to process payments, they are successful in slowing their network down just enough for people to notice and thus, we achieve our goal of raising awareness.

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  1. th3j35t3r says:

    Show some respect for your sources. Please. We both know where you got this tit bit from. As a journo I would expect more poise. That is all. x

  2. Julian Assange says:

    I’m Julian Assange (aka Mendax) – despite being told by friendly intelligence agencies I should avoid getting caught in a sex sting, taking insane technical and physical security precautions and apparently fearing for my life, I couldn’t manage to keep my cock in my pants when a couple of Swedish groupies threw themselves at me back in August. As a result of being a huge fucking nerd, I am now in a British Jail awaiting my ultimate extradition to the USA for Espionage Act charges.

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  4. oil says:

    Hey you praetorians, have a look…. http://pastebin.com/F2VcJXkK

  5. Anonymous Coward says:

    Rookie mistake. shakes head

  6. Anon says:

    Alex Tapinaris = “I likes tapping her ass”. You just lost… The Game

  7. anonymous says:

    I like how you actually are falling for the fact that graphic design artist “Alex Tapinaris” actually created the document…you think the real author would leave his name in metadata? hahhaha, I personally would have used the name of someone now to “web famous”

    • Prefect says:

      Possible, but that’s also probably how a group would respond after the fact also to making that mistake.

      I have no idea if it is him or not, that said the shortest path to zero is usually the quickest.

  8. anonymous says:

    which the poster above points out…isn’t a real name anyway

  9. !anon says:

    Information security musings from a guy who opens pdf’s with reader, in a browser plugin, on windows, when the document’s sourced from a group running extensive ddos.

    • Prefect says:

      You forgot “in a VM”. We have a pretty good understanding of PDF vulnerabilities, windows and browser plug ins are a fact of life. Maybe take a tour around the site if you’re concerned with our credentials.

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    I see ‘Anonymous’ newfag brigade has landed. Way to fail guys.

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