The group “anonymous” is the kind of movement that captures the imagination. A group of unknown people, using their technical know how to single-handedly bring financial institutions to their knees. When this group burst on the scene in the aftermath of WikiLeaks, people who still believe in freedom of speech marveled at the vigilante group, secretly encouraging their rampage against the system and corporate America.
A silent prayer is whispered from the lips of “want-to-be-free” Americans that the group will elude prosecution and continue to terrorize the institutions that terrorize Americans domestically. The hope is that they will continue to operate to dismantle those who hide behind shady deals and policy manipulation. The group likens itself to the Civil Rights movement and speaks of resistance to oppression.
Normally this group is on the offensive, but today, reports have surfaced that the group dismantled a security firm that was about to expose their members. Kinda ironic huh?
The same group that seeks to take down whole organizations for NOT being transparent, decided to take down an organization (HBGary) that would have exposed their key members.
That little hypocrisy can be overlooked, given the resume of the group, including recently, providing help to the Revolution in Egypt.
So here is the question…is this group of “hacktivists” helpers to the revolution or are they going to be to downfall of the “free speech” movement? They are not exposing “secrets” the government is hiding to the detriment of the people…but rather employing a technical “eye for and eye” type of tactic in “honor” of causes. You won’t process payments for WikiLeaks? …fine..how about you won’t be able to process anything? Won’t let Egypt communicate? Fine, we will bring down the government sites and hinder your military communication as well.
It seems great…but what will it cost the American people? There is ALWAYS a price. The first is the new mandatory internet ID everyone may be forced to obtain in order to use a computer. Social networking sites being monitored extensively (more so than now) and every word you type or action you provoke with your words could potentially be used against you at any time now or 50 years from now (that includes your children too).
So how can online protests exist? How will those guidelines be determined and more importantly, by who? And what good is any of it if we lose our anonymity?