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The hacker group Anonymous is seen as the first real hacker group that has had a revolutionary role in our society. The loosely connected group is so anonymous that they themselves don’t really know how large the network is, and they completely lack an individual with a leading role. A multitude of documentaries about the hacker group have been released, but here are ten facts you probably had no idea about when it comes to Anonymous.

Anonymous grew large through the forum 4chan…

The group grew large through the forum 4chan, and their first public protests took place outside Scientology churches around the world, which also became their first target to attack through hacker attacks. Even Anonymous themselves were surprised and touched by the massive interest and the huge number of participants in the hacker attacks.

The war against the Church of Scientology…

In the war against the Church of Scientology, the group sent thousands of black-colored faxes to their switchboard, which led to their fax cartridges running out immediately. Similarly, they flooded their switchboard with phone calls and hacked their website, making the church completely unreachable.

In the war against the Church of Scientology, the group sent thousands of black-colored faxes to their switchboard, which led to their fax cartridges running out immediately. Similarly, they flooded their switchboard with phone calls and hacked their website, making the church completely unreachable.

The attack on PayPal…

Anonymous’ attack on PayPal cost the company $5.36 million. But Anonymous has been costly for other companies as well. Sony lost $3.2 billion in market value after the group hacked over 10 million PlayStation accounts.

For better or worse…?

Although Anonymous has made a significant impact on our society, opinions differ on whether they do good or harm. But something that should be considered a good deed is when they took down over 40 child p*rn*graphy websites in 2011. However, it didn’t end there. The group also chose to distribute personal details of the 1,589 active users found on those websites.

Although Anonymous has made a significant impact on our society, opinions differ on whether they do good or harm. But something that should be considered a good deed is when they took down over 40 child p*rn*graphy websites in 2011. However, it didn’t end there. The group also chose to distribute personal details of the 1,589 active users found on those websites.

Not just hackers…

The entire group, however, does not consist only of hackers (or hacktivists, as they are called). Actually, a very small part of the group possesses hacking skills. So why does the group have so many members, you might wonder. Anyone who wants to can join the group, and those who can’t hack lend out their computers as a base for those who can. In simpler terms, the hackers go “through” their computers or use their computers as a power source.

Filled with humor…

Anonymous has a great sense of humor. After internal conflicts, the group was divided into two factions: those fighting for political goals and those who wanted to continue trolling people. Whether funny or not, Anonymous has hacked porn sites and shared all member information. In addition to this, the group also hacked the American PBS and published a fake news story stating that Tupac and Biggie are still alive and living together in New Zealand. The news spread widely before PBS announced that they had been hacked and ridiculed.

Infiltrated their comrades…

Hector Monsegur (picture below), possibly the group’s sharpest hacker, was arrested by the FBI on June 7, 2011. Hector did everything to avoid going to prison and agreed to infiltrate the group and provide the FBI with information to build a legal case against Anonymous and LulzSec (a group of elite hackers stemming from Anonymous). After the whole thing was exposed, Hector was seen as a major traitor among the group’s members.

Hector Monsegur, possibly the group’s sharpest hacker, was arrested by the FBI on June 7, 2011. Hector did everything to avoid going to prison and agreed to infiltrate the group and provide the FBI with information to build a legal case against Anonymous and LulzSec (a group of elite hackers stemming from Anonymous). After the whole thing was exposed, Hector was seen as a major traitor among the group’s members.

Exposed the wrong people…

Everyone can make mistakes, and the same applies to the group Anonymous. When they declared war on the Ku Klux Klan in October 2015, it turned out that a significant portion of the members they exposed to the public were not KKK members at all, leading to chaos within the group and a significant decrease in trust among the people and its supporters.

Declared war against ISIS…

After the terrorist attacks in Paris, Anonymous publicly announced that they would start a cyber war against ISIS. The operation was successful, and Anonymous managed to assist Twitter in shutting down over 20,000 accounts belonging to terrorists or ISIS recruiters.

After the terrorist attacks in Paris, Anonymous publicly announced that they would start a cyber war against ISIS. The operation was successful, and Anonymous managed to assist Twitter in shutting down over 20,000 accounts belonging to terrorists or ISIS recruiters.

Hacked a radio channel live…

spokesperson for a church in Webstboro preached on the radio about how he would bring down the Anonymous group. This resulted in an Anonymous hacker calling in and hacking the church’s website live, while engaging in an entertaining conversation with the church’s spokesperson.


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