Disgruntled Anonymous Faction Maliciously Attacks Anonymous

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Disgruntled Anonymous Faction Maliciously Attacks Anonymous

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Hacker infighting has begun between two opposing factions of Anonymous members.

While hacker group Anonymous has become known for attacking various corporations, religious organizations, and musicians, the latest target of the organization is Anonymous itself. Recently, a group of disgruntled Anonymous members split off and seized control of certain Anonymous websites previously used to coordinate operations.

Anonymous is said to be a non-centralized, democratic group of hackers that doesn't have any real generals, just a bunch of soldiers that enact operations based on support by other soldiers. A "rogue admin" named "Ryan" is said to be behind the seizure of these Anonymous sites due to his belief that Anonymous members were taking leadership positions and focusing operations on acquiring media attention.

Speaking to Thinq, Ryan said that certain Anonymous admins such as "Owen" began to abuse their roles, in fact creating a leadership hierarchy where there wasn't supposed to be one. Ryan launched a "coup d'etat" of sorts, taking control of AnonOps.net and AnonOps.ru and also leaking the IP addresses of Anonymous members. "There is a hierarchy. All the power, all the DDoS - it's in that channel," Ryan said.

"The media is part of the problem. It's why AnonOps still exists," Ryan added. He and his supporters believe that Anonymous' power was wasted on "stupid operations" only launched to gain publicity, including OpSony (which Anonymous still denies is involved with the current PSN downtime). Ryan hopes that his acts, which have reportedly taken some of Anonymous' power away, will change Anonymous, saying: "More groups will pop up. Probably many different ones. AnonOps just won't be the flagship."

Anonymous members opposed to Ryan deny his claims. "Like the speaker of parliament, we didn't make laws but we ensured an environment existed in which they could be made," one Anon said. "So most of the talk in there was network maintenance, server issues, floods, attacks on us and how to counteract them, etc. If you wanted to start your own operation on AnonOps, all you have to do is create a new channel for it, register it, and get people interested ... If Anonymous really wants to do something, no one person can stop them."

They add that Ryan is intimidating Anonymous members with the threat of an up to 800,000 hijacked computer botnet, which could be used to attack AnonOps if it's taken back. The Anons say they knew Ryan was "dangerous" due to his outbursts, revealing: "We knew one day there would be a massive one, but we were never sure when." They call Ryan's motivation into question, especially after his outing of IP addresses from largely innocent Anonymous members.

"I don't see how anyone could claim to be working for the general good of Anonymous by putting hundreds of Anons in danger of being arrested," an Anon said. "Most of the people on that list aren't operators, they are just ordinary users who aren't involved in administrative drama between server owners."

There have always been separate groups of Anonymous members, but until now they were usually on the same side. The "core" of Anonymous is currently trying to regain control, but what happens after that is anyone's guess.

Thanks for the tip Starke!

Source: Thinq

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How Anominous...

*grabs popcorn*

they sound like a secret shadow government from some spy flick.

probably because everyone is frikkin anonymous.

anyway it's an interesting development.

For some reason, this reminds me of the Blood War... Lower Planes conflict is appropriate for this situation.

OT: Good. Again, never much a fan of Anon. Funny to watch though.
*grabs popcorn*

Now THIS is a fight I wanna see!

I guess you can say Anonymous...
*slips on shades*
doesn't know who it is anymore...

And the attack of the angry neckbearded man-children continues.

cursedseishi:
I guess you can say Anonymous...
*slips on shades*
doesn't know who it is anymore...

Have this.

http://people.rit.edu/~bss6378/instantCSI/

You deserve it.

Ryan was probably just tired of getting spammed with dwarf porn.

lol
this is too funny
Hack3r W4rz!
I like how this guy's effort to combat hierarchy is to create his own sort of hierarchy.
It seems like it would be kind of impossible for a group like Anonymous to exist in harmony forever. It's made up of humans, after all.

I wonder if one of these "factions" is behind the PSN attack, and if so, which one. Would be great of other hackers got revenge on the hackers who hacked PSN.

man
tongue twister
how many hacks can a hacker hack if a hacker can hack hacks

Yeah, they've been talking about this on separate Anonymous-associated forums like whyweprotest.net for a few days now... I even saw someone posting "Ryan"'s address and what his house looks like on the forums. General reaction looks to be very much negative against "Ryan", at least within the WWP community (WWP being the main body of the anti-Scientologist aspect of Anonymous).

I'm kinda surprised this hasn't happened earlier with them, ah well, better late then never I suppose.

Now you must excuse me, I need to make some popcorn and grab some other snacks for this battle of the shadow people.

So, a sub-faction of Anonymous, a group that prides itself on being faceless and no one knowing who anyone within the organization is, has started a hack-based civil war to seize control of the group from the other members.

... this may be me over thinking things a bit, but how is anyone going to be able to tell who is on what side? Or who they should even be attacking?

I guess if you have an identity, you're not anonymous, and then you're a prime target for anonymous, despite having been anonymous or trying to keep your identity anonymous.

...Anonymous.

Looks like the revolution is already devouring it's children.

This should be entertaining

Could someone pass the popcorn back here?

I feel like moviemakers should really start looking at real life when writing their scripts. One piece of news like this sparks so much more imagination then the average movie or serie.

Go make a movie out of this!

they do this all the time, its how they become hackers in the first place.

*munches popcorn*

Now who the hell needs cable when you have THIS?

God, you'd think they were describing the plot of a spy movie.
Sure interesting to watch though.

Dragonsoulq:
Could someone pass the popcorn back here?

Hmmm we're probably going to need much more popcorn, I'll go grab some. This should be very entertaining if nothing else.

Great stuff
*sits next the rest of the popcorn eaters*
So, it is an Anonymous attack on Anonymous. But what if there is an Anonymous attack within this Anonymous attack? (hold on) DAMN YOU LEONARDO DICAPRIO!

Of course they are going to tear themselves apart. No leadership, (potentially) skilled hackers, and each with their own agendas and ideas of the best direction?
I'm surprised it took getting this well known before they starting hitting each other with nerf bats.

I would have thought it would be obvious that some time down the line someone would attempt to take charge of an organisation that has no hierarchy.

It's just kind of what people do.

Pfft. I knew it would happen eventually.
No honor among thieves etc.

Samualwallow:

Go make a movie out of this!

Haha, studios wouldn't even have to pay for the rights. It's all free game when it comes to Anonymous.

Scars Unseen:
How Anominous...

*grabs popcorn*

I'd watch the Anonymous movie over The Social Network any day

...or that horrid Sandra Bullock 90's movie...

Samualwallow:
I feel like moviemakers should really start looking at real life when writing their scripts. One piece of news like this sparks so much more imagination then the average movie or serie.

Go make a movie out of this!

God, how I hate ninjas :(

Don't worry, it'll be a movie not long after it has an ending.

Though it would be cool to see some of Anon pull together and take down a tyrannical government (I'm not talking about the US, NSA!!!!)

Guys its ok, I've sourced us a popcorn maker, Popcorn for all!

Just as planned...

Is this shaping up to become a Smokin' Aces style spectacular, where several groups trying to achieve the same goal end up wasting each other, the G-Man pulling a fast one, and everyone else with that "Did I just pump the neighbours cat?" expression on their face?

"They got a lot of problems on that ship."

This is going to be an... interesting flame war to watch. I'm going to get some popcorn.

OT: I was getting a little tired of all the Anon. PR stunts. It's good to see them put in their place. I'll bet they never really thought that one of their own would turn against them.

someone has to make a movie or a television series out of this, all it needs are live updates and i'd watch it every day, *brings a new bag of popcorn over to the popcorn eaters*

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