Hacktivist group Anonymous has supposedly breached NATO security and obtained almost 1 gigabyte of data, much of which even they have deemed ineligible for release. In response to their hacking efforts, Steven Chabinsky, deputy assistant FBI director, made some disapproving comments about Anonymous during an NPR interview.
Anonymous has responded. As always, they are frank and unapologetic. Infowar 1 is well underway, and the most interesting aspect is that they appear to be making the higher-ups really sweat. Their response follows:
Hello thar FBI and international law authorities,
We recently stumbled across the following article with amazement and a certain amount of amusement:
The statements made by deputy assistant FBI director Steve Chabinsky in this article clearly seem to be directed at Anonymous and Lulz Security, and we are happy to provide you with a response.
“We want to send a message that chaos on the Internet is unacceptable, [even if] hackers can be believed to have social causes, it’s entirely unacceptable to break into websites and commit unlawful acts.”
Now let us be clear here, Mr. Chabinsky, while we understand that you and your colleagues may find breaking into websites unacceptable, let us tell you what WE find unacceptable:
* Governments lying to their citizens and inducing fear and terror to keep them in control by dismantling their freedom piece by piece.
* Corporations aiding and conspiring with said governments while taking advantage at the same time by collecting billions of funds for federal contracts we all know they can’t fulfil.
* Lobby conglomerates who only follow their agenda to push the profits higher, while at the same time being deeply involved in governments around the world with the only goal to infiltrate and corrupt them enough so the status quo will never change.
These governments and corporations are our enemy. And we will continue to fight them, with all methods we have at our disposal, and that certainly includes breaking into their websites and exposing their lies.
We are not scared any more. Your threats to arrest us are meaningless to us as you cannot arrest an idea. Any attempt to do so will make your citizens more angry until they will roar in one gigantic choir. It is our mission to help these people and there is nothing – absolutely nothing – you can possibly to do make us stop.
“The Internet has become so important to so many people that we have to ensure that the World Wide Web does not become the Wild Wild West.”
Let me ask you, good sir, when was the Internet not the Wild Wild West? Do you really believe you were in control of it at any point? You were not.
That does not mean that everyone behaves like an outlaw. You see, most people do not behave like bandits if they have no reason to. We become bandits on the Internet because you have forced our hand. The Anonymous bitchslap rings through your ears like hacktivism movements of the 90s.
We’re back – and we’re not going anywhere.
I for one support Anonymous, if not in a specific sense, in a general one. They operate in a democratic fashion, one that requires the support of many in order to be maintained. They allow for mass opposition to untouchables like the Westboro Church and Scientology. So far, they have yet to attack an entity that didn’t wholeheartedly earn and deserve it, in my opinion.
I have noticed the mainstream media almost exclusively condemns their efforts. If you’re on the fence, and you want to know a bit more about the movement (it’s mission and how it goes about selecting “targets”) before you decide, this video sums things up quite succinctly: