Jul 16th 2012
The strange nature of the relationship between Anonymous and WikiLeaks has been detailed in a report from International Business Times. Members of the group spoke to IBTimes following a Twitter row over the leaked emails from Syria, with one individual saying the relationship between the two entities is “complex.” As it turns out, there’s crossover between both groups, with some individuals working on both sides to gather and expose information.
Anonymous and WikiLeaks are said to have similar aspirations, hence the heavy crossover between the personnel: “Both groups are first and foremost information activists, so there is a common ground between us.” The individual speaking on behalf of Anonymous went on to detail the work behind the Syria email leaks, saying the group working tirelessly to breach “multiple domains and dozens of servers.” While the information was handed off to WikiLeaks, the organization didn’t reveal its relationship with Anonymous.
The hacktivist group doesn’t seem to mind, however: “Nor would they be expected to reveal their source that is after all what WikiLeaks is all about.” There’s also the fact that WikiLeaks seems to have no qualms about releasing any information. Anonymous is said to have negotiated with Al-Jazeera regarding the release of the email dumps, but “no suitable disclosure agreement could be negotiated.”
Still, Anonymous is looking ahead to the future. Members of the group have recently launched their own version of Wikileaks, dubbed Par:AnoIA. The site is designed is host Anonymous leaks, and is said to have been created to gain better media coverage for highly sensitive dumps and expose information faster than WikiLeaks.
Anonymous to set up their own WikiLeaks style website
Anonymous hacker group sets up their own WikiLeaks
Designed to be the site that gets people to actually care
WikiLeaks isn't happy, claiming they're helping the poice
IT'S official, WikiLeaks has failed - at least according to hacker group Anonymous.
So convinced are they of this that members have decided to set up their own data dump website committed to political transparency.
The site is called Par:AnoIA, which stands for "Potentially Alarming Research: Anonymous Intelligence Agencies".
It aims to pick up where WikiLeaks apparently let the hackers down, by finding a better way to present large amounts of data that is appealing and easy for users to read.
"The reason no one cares about these leaks, as a general rule of thumb, is that they can’t do anything with [them],” a Paranoia volunteer told Wired.
“Basically, [we're] making it accessible to anyone that wants to do something with it, in a proper usable format.”
The volunteer said the purpose of the site was to get information out faster than the rollout WikiLeaks plans, which could take years.
"I'm pretty sick of these 20-year-plans," the volunteer said.
The site will accept submissions from Anonymous members and then design and present the content.
WikiLeaks has reacted on Twitter by accusing Anonymous of using insecure proxy servers, meaning user identities could be revealed.
It also hinted that the Anonymous Twitter account was being directed by law enforcement.
Anonymous responded with a stinging reply not suitable for a family friendly website.
Meanwhile, the former head of WikiLeaks Julian Assange is still trying to negotiate political asylum in Ecuador. The country's ambassador expressed concerns last month that granting his request could damage Equador’s relationship with the US.
"rath" wrote: V for Vendetta
V for Vendetta (film) From the makers of The Matrix Trilogy, V for Vendetta paints the story of a vengeful terrorist – or freedom fighter? – which, whether in Thatcherite Britain of the 1980s or Bush’s America after 9/11.
Set in London in a near-future dystopian society, Australian Hugo Weaving plays V—a bold, charismatic freedom fighter driven to exact revenge on those who disfigured him.
The film had been seen by many political groups as an allegory of oppression by government; libertarians and anarchists have used it to promote their beliefs. Activists belonging to the group Anonymous use the same Guy Fawkes mask popularized by the film when they appear in public at numerous high-profile events, emulating one of its key scenes. These masks have been seen at Occupy movement events.
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Modern fears of totalitarianism.
"We felt the novel was very prescient to how the political climate is at the moment. It really showed what can happen when society is ruled by government, rather than the government being run as a voice of the people. I don't think it's such a big leap to say that things like that can happen when leaders stop listening to the people."
Real-life parallels to draw from in the areas of government surveillance, torture, fear mongering and media manipulation, not to mention corporate corruption and religious hypocrisy, you can't really blame the filmmakers for having a field day referencing current events." There are also references to an avian flu pandemic, as well as pervasive use of biometric identification and signal-intelligence gathering and analysis by the regime.
Many film critics, political commentators and other members of the media have also noted the numerous references in the film to events surrounding the then-current George W. Bush administration in the United States. These include the "black bags" worn by the prisoners in Larkhill that have been seen as a reference to the black bags worn by prisoners at Abu Ghraib in Iraq and in U.S.-administered Guantánamo Bay in Cuba, though the pre-Matrix draft of the screenplay also contains this reference to black bags.
Also London is under a yellow-coded curfew alert, similar to the US Government's color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System.
One of the forbidden items in Gordon's secret basement is a protest poster with a mixed U.S.–UK flag with a swastika and the title "Coalition of the Willing, To Power" which combines the "Coalition of the Willing" with Friedrich Nietzsche's concept of Will to Power.
As well, there is use of the term "rendition" in the film, in reference to the way the regime removes undesirables from society. There is even a brief scene (during the Valerie flashback) that contains real-life footage of an anti-Iraq war demonstration, with mention of President George W. Bush. Finally, the film contains references to "America's war" and "the war America started" as well as real footage from the Iraq War. The film also makes a brief reference to wars in Kurdistan, Syria, and Sudan.
Despite the America-specific references, the filmmakers have always referred to the film as adding dialogue to a set of issues much broader than the U.S. administration.
When James McTeigue was asked whether or not BTN was based on Fox News McTeigue replied, "Yes. But not just Fox. Everyone is complicit in this kind of stuff. It could just as well been the Britain's Sky News Channel, also a part of News Corp.
The U.S. sub-prime mortgage crisis.
2007–2012 global financial crisis
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Moody's downgrades EU countries amidst Greek riots
Anonymous message to the Greeks - RIOTS 12.02.2012 -
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Prepare for riots in euro collapse, Foreign Office warns
British embassies in the eurozone have been told to draw up plans to help British expats through the collapse of the single currency, amid new fears for Italy and Spain.
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Global spread of avian flu in 2005.
The global spread of (highly pathogenic) H5N1 in birds is considered a significant pandemic threat.
While prior H5N1 strains have been known, they were significantly different from the current H5N1 strain on a genetic level, making the global spread of this new strain unprecedented. The current H5N1 strain is a fast-mutating, highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAI) found in multiple bird species. It is both epizootic (an epidemic in non-humans) and panzootic (a disease affecting animals of many species especially over a wide area). Unless otherwise indicated, "H5N1" in this article refers to the recent highly pathogenic strain of H5N1.
In January 2005 an outbreak of avian influenza affected thirty three out of sixty four cities and provinces in Vietnam, leading to the forced killing of nearly 1.2 million poultry. Up to 140 million birds are believed to have died or been killed because of the outbreak. In April 2005 an unprecedented die-off began of over 6,000 migratory birds at Qinghai Lake in central China over three months. This strain of H5N1 is the same strain as is spread west by migratory birds over at least the next ten months. In August 2005 H5N1 spread to Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia. On September 29, 2005, David Nabarro, the newly appointed Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza, warned the world that an outbreak of avian influenza could kill 5 to 150 million people.
When James McTeigue was asked whether or not BTN was based on Fox News McTeigue replied, "Yes.
Born and raised in Australia, Murdoch became managing director of News Limited, inherited from his father, in 1952.
He is the founder, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation, the world's second-largest media conglomerate.
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WikiLeaks has Rupert Murdoch 'insurance files'
WikiLeaks win over Visa, MasterCard
WIKILEAKS has declared victory in the first round of its campaign against Visa and MasterCard.
WikiLeaks trumpeted its success after an Icelandic court ordered a local company to resume processing credit card donations to the secret-spilling site.
Visa and MasterCard were among half a dozen major US financial firms to pull the plug on WikiLeaks following its decision to begin publishing about 250,000 State Department cables in late 2010.
WikiLeaks says that the ensuing blockade has led to a 95 per cent fall in revenue, something which founder Julian Assange says has forced him to focus on fundraising at the expense of his site's publication work.
The judgment, handed down by Reykjavik District Court, is "a very important milestone in our campaign," WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said in a telephone interview.
Lawsuits remain active in Denmark and in Belgium, he said, but the Icelandic win was "a small but very important step in fighting back against these powerful banks".
The implications of the judgment weren't immediately clear.
The District Court ordered Visa and MasterCard's local partner, Valitor, to resume funneling donations to WikiLeaks' payment processor, DataCell, within two weeks or face 800,000 kronur ($6125) in daily fines, according to DataCell lawyer Sveinn Andri Sveinsson.
"If they don't appeal this verdict, then they're obliged to open the payment gateway," he said. "By opening the gateway, they're obliged to process the payments."
Valitor didn't immediately return messages seeking comment on the judgment or clarity on whether it would appeal.
Even if Valitor chooses to comply with the judgment, it isn't clear whether Visa or MasterCard would still allow their customers to make donations to DataCell or WikiLeaks.
Neither Visa nor MasterCard immediately returned emails seeking comment on the judgment.
Anonymous hackers cripple Aussie government websites
July 25, 2012
Anonymous take on the Australian Government over privacy
Hackers took 10 sites offline, said more attacks are imminent
Attacks motivated by proposed changes to privacy laws
Middle East bank hack: 'Don't deny, we did it' - Anonymous
INTERNATIONAL hacking group Anonymous took at least 10 Australian government websites offline in a series of escalating attacks over proposed changes to privacy laws.
The Australian arm of the group has warned it will continue the attacks on “.gov.au” sites until any plans to force ISPs to store user data and make it further available to security services are shelved.
The attacks started after Prime Minister Julia Gillard answered policy questions via webcam in an online Google+ Hangout session on Saturday but the sites targeted so far are all run by the Queensland State Government.
Anonymous Australia told news.com.au the attacks were brought forward to coincide with Ms Gillard's online Q and A session and it had raised the privacy concerns with the PM earlier on a Twitter hashtag.
Anonymous said the sites were specifically chosen because the group had “proof” that small to medium businesses, education departments, student and personal accounts had been tracked by the State Government.
“The Australian Government is attempting to strip away its citizens’ internet rights by forcing them to surrender passwords and internet usage data,” Anonymous Australia said via email.
“Unless the Government starts acting in the best interest of its people, it will continue to bring the noise.”
The hackers said the attacks were in response to changes being discussed by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS).
The proposed security expansions would mean everything from social networking to emails would be monitored and stored for up to two years, and intelligence agencies would be given increased access to sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
“We no longer know about many of the activities of our governments while our governments have the means to accumulate unprecedented vast banks of data about us,” Anonymous Australia said.
“Whilst our own rights to privacy dwindle, corporate rights to commercial confidentiality and intellectual property skyrocket.
“We plan to continue targeting .gov.au websites until PJCIS is rejected.”
The group said its actions were also in response to the rejection of Julian Assange’s requests to be extradited as an Australian citizen, and the jailing of convicted whistleblower Allan Kessing, a former customs official at Sydney Airport.
Anonymous also reiterated it was behind the attacks on the Dahabshiil bank in the Middle East, which it accuses of funding terrorism. Dahabshiil has said it has evidence Anonymous is not behind the attacks.
A spokesman from the Queensland Premier’s office confirmed hackers had attacked a number of State Government and non-Government websites on an external service provider’s server on Sunday, including several that were no longer operational.
He said the external service provider had since rebuilt the server and applied new security patches to remove the vulnerability.
A Department of Defence spokesperson said the department was aware of the reports of Australian attacks but did not publicly comment or discuss details of cyber incidents.
"Defence, through the Cyber Security Operations Centre, works with affected government agencies, as required, to help mitigate threats to information security," the spokesperson said.
A spokesperson for Federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said it was critical Australia's national security capability could keep up with technology and global security.
"We must always stay a step ahead of terrorists, cyber criminals and organised criminals who threaten our national security," the spokesperson said.
"At the same time, we need to have the right checks and balances to ensure that those who enforce our national security laws do so responsibly.
"Interested parties must avoid reacting to these proposals with hysteria and should instead contribute to the comprehensive review which the PJCIS has commenced."
Dahabshiil denies Anonymous behind cyber-attack
July 25, 2012 18:44PM
UPDATE: Anonymous has reiterated that they were responsible for the cyber attacks on the Dahabshiil bank in the Middle East.
The hackers accused the bank of funding terrorism and said it had two months to publicly confess or expect "global internet destruction".
Dahabshiil on Sunday said that it had proof Anonymous was not behind the attack on its banking systems, saying the claims were "inaccurate and exaggerated."
Anonymous told News.com.au this was nonsense and that Dahabshiil was trying to protect their business “but going the wrong way about it”.
"Dahabshiil can deny all they like, but in fact the attack was to be expected," Anonymous told News.com.au in an online chat.
A group claiming to be Anonymous published thousands of account numbers, names and details online and threatened it would commit "global internet destruction" if Dahabshiil did not publicly confess to aiding terrorism.
The hackers claimed it had installed "cyber bombs" within financial institutions around the world and threatened to trigger them if the Dahabshiil did not confess within two months.
Dahabshiil said it was not yet in a position to verify the identity of the individuals behind the hack.
"Naturally we will keep all customers fully updated," a spokesperson for Dahabshiil said.
"Safeguarding our customers is of paramount importance to Dahabshiil and we will continue to work closely with the relevant authorities to ensure that we identify those responsible.
Dahabshiil said that it "places the highest importance on its compliance procedures and has policies in place which are approved by the relevant authorities, including the FSA in the UK".
The hackers claiming responsibility for the attack posted documents on Google Plus highlighting associations with other banking networks including Barclay's in the UK and Ernst & Young in the US.
Passport pictures, banking transactions and other documents were also posted online.
The hackers posted a statement on tech blog, Slashdot, in which it declared an "official war on terror".
The group said the bank had two months to come forward or expect a "global internet destruction".
"if you want us to immediately stop this cyber-sabotage, it's quite easy," they wrote.
"We just ask you to stop lying, to recognise your help with Somaliaterror, and to officially change your behavior.
"We need a public message from you, as a proof.
"This is a call for actions of monitoring and/or destruction of companies and institutions that do work with terrorists, rogue countries, etc."
The attackers said that WikiLeaks documents had revealed the Dahabshiil bank had provided direct financial support to al-Qaeda, Al Wafa and other terrorist organisations. It posted documents on Google plus that highlighted associations with other banking networks including Barclay's in the UK and Ernst & Young in theUS.
They claimed to have stolen documents from and destroyed "work stations" in Australia, Kenya, USA, UK,Sweden, Somalia and Dubai. It also said it had hidden "cyber-bombs" in banking networks around the world and that it has attacked routers, firewalls and satellites that would protect banking systems from protecting financial networks.
The hackers signed off the statement with their slogan "we are Anonymous, we are legion".
Dahabshiil initially condemned Anonymous for claiming to breach "the privacy of hardworking, responsible individuals", and wholeheartedly denied the allegations.
"The claims from Anonymous that connections exist between our business and known terrorist organisations are quite simply wrong," a spokesperson told News.com.au.
"We have never been the subject of any investigation in relation to alleged terrorist funding and we have no involvement whatsoever with money laundering or the funding of terrorist organisations.
"Consequently, we call on Anonymous to withdraw its untrue allegations immediately.
"Dahabshiil places the highest importance on its compliance procedures and has extensive anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing policies in place which are approved by the relevant regulators, including the FSA in the UK.
"All staff receive extensive and continuous training in this regard.
"We have started a thorough investigation of Anonymous’ attack and will keep all customers fully updated.
"Safeguarding our customers’ funds is of paramount importance to Dahabshiil. We will continue to work closely with the relevant authorities as we proceed."
Anonymous threat to ISPs
July 25, 2012 - 2 hours ago
AUSTRALIAN ISPs may face a major security breach tonight following a threat from the hacker movement Anonymous.
An active member of the Anonymous movement told The Australian that their plan to leak data held by an Australian ISP was expected to go ahead around 9 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time after the group finishes processing the large file.
"The leak, as promised by Anonymous on the (Australian) ISP will be dumped today," the spokesperson said,
The individual said that the file that the hackers were working was very large and that they were taking steps aimed at preventing the ISP's customers' privacy being compromised.
"We're trying not to hurt people with (the) information but this is a rather large amount of data to deal with so we must be patient," the individual said.
The leak, should it go ahead, would be the latest in a recent escalation of cyber attacks by Anonymous in Australia as part of a protest to proposed new national security laws which could see ISPs be required to retain information on their customers' online habits for up to two years.
It's understood that the leak would demonstrate that the proposed laws would place too much sensitive data of exposure in the hands of organisations incapable of protecting it.
John Lindsay, chief technology officer for Australia’s third largest ISP iiNet said that the threat was being taking seriously among network operators.
“We see what should be private data leak out into the public domain frequently. The point is being made here that if ISPs have to capture vast amounts of private data then the likelihood that some of it will leak is incredibly high,” Mr Lindsay said.
The recent spate of attacks were triggered by a discussion paper released by the Attorney-General which revealed details of the proposed laws.
Since then Anonymous has been targeting Australian government web sites to carry out its protest.
Those attacks reached a peak yesterday when hackers attacked a server and took about ten web sites operated Queensland government offline