Friday, May 11, 2012
New hacktivist sect emerges from Anonymous
MalSec has announced its intentions to fight internet censorship, but promises to keep innocent people safe this time
THE dust has barely settled on the recent revelation that the FBI had infiltrated deep into hacktivist collective Anonymous and turned Sabu, one of its most notorious figures, into an informer. Now the group is reorganising and has come out fighting with a different look and a more ethical attitude. Already, a new sub-sect has emerged called Malicious Security, and this time, MalSec says, it is going “for the win” without causing collateral damage.
Anonymous has always described itself as a “leaderless, decentralised organisation”, but it appeared to be precisely the opposite in 2011 when a few outspoken and highly skilled hackers with a flair for the dramatic captured the public’s attention. They became de facto mouthpieces for the group, creating and collapsing hacking operations with a single tweet. Since those hackers have been arrested, Anonymous has undergone a total makeover. Now it’s going back to its roots.
“I don’t think Anonymous will go down that cult of personality route again,” says one veteran Anon. The collective is returning to its original concept of loosely associated individuals that temporarily unite for a common cause and disband the moment the mission is complete, making them difficult to pin down and even tougher to identify. “We’ve learned an important lesson,” he says.