On the Colbert Report, host Stephen Colbert provided some background on “the First Great Cyberwar” as the hacktivist collective Anonymous has dubbed it, the “Defend Assange” sub-mission of Operation Payback.
Reports are emerging that members of the hacker, or something because they don’t want to be called that anymore (from the IRC: To the idiot reporters: we’re not hackers), collective Anonymous defaced NASA in support of Wikileaks.
The PDF’s raw creation date further points to the Anonymous Press Release from yesterday being created in Greece, which happens to be the homeland of a graphic artist with the same name as the pdf’s author field, Alex Tapanaris.
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.
The Jester, a hacktivist who is normally known for short term denial of service attacks against Jihadist web forums and who recently claimed responsibility for an outage at Wikileaks in the middle of Cablegate (Wikileaks publication of U.S. diplomatic cables) has himself become the target of the large scale hacktivist protest called Operation Payback.