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Posted 28 February 2012 - 07:11 PM

How Anonymous channels 'the will of the people' (Q&A)
by Elinor Mills | February 28, 2012 8:21 AM PST
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Summary: A member of Anonymous tells CNET why the activist effort targets government and corporate Web sites, even in the face of arrest, and why it has your best interests at heart.

The Anonymous online activists do keep themselves busy. When they're not defacing Web sites to protest the for-profit prison system or shutting down the public CIA site they're listening in as Scotland Yard and the FBI discuss how to catch them and having a good laugh.

This week, they've ratcheted things up even more by working with WikiLeaks to publish secret stolen e-mails that shine some light on what appear to be the inner workings of Stratfor, a global intelligence firm that seems to have paid informants to monitor, among other things, human rights and environmental activists on behalf of Dow Chemical after the Bhopal disaster, and that allegedly considered using the intelligence it gathers from insiders to grow a strategic investment fund. The company has declined to confirm or deny the contents of the e-mails released, except to suggest that some of them may be forged or altered while some may be authentic.

And Anonymous, which worked with the Occupy Wall Street movement to promote those protests last year and helped organize local offshoots in different cities, is teaming again with the political movement on "Occupy the Vote 2012," encouraging people to vote out lawmakers who aren't protecting their online and offline rights.

CNET interviewed an "Anon" to try to learn what the thinking is behind the movement and why someone would risk jail to break into the computer network or cripple the Web site of a company or government agency. Because of the legal risks involved with the activities, the person interviewed declined to be identified.

More details to read: http://news.cnet.com...the-people-q-a/