NEWS FROM THE LAB - Monday, November 7, 2011

Busy, Busy "Anonymous" Posted by Sean @ 17:07 GMT

The Internet Collective known as Anonymous had a busy "Guy Fawkes Weekend".

Here are a few highlights on their recent activities.

Mexico: OpCartel is nixed. Anonymous claims the Zetas, a very dangerous Mexican drug cartel, released their kidnapped member with a message that many would be killed if names were leaked.

Anonymous November Ops

USA: Anonymous video has been posted calling for the occupation of "campaign offices of presidential headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa" in December. Iowa is the site of the first presidential contest in the 2012 election season.

Anonymous November Ops

Israel: Anonymous attacked Israeli state security websites in response to the interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla.

Anonymous November Ops

Finland: somebody claiming to represent "Anonymous Finland" posted data on 16,000 Finns.

Anonymous November Ops

AnonFinland claims this was done as part of Operation #AntiSec but their accompanying message was very political in nature. In what may be a related attack, the webpage of the Finnish Police is currently offline.

Updated to add: poliisi.fi's offline status wasn't caused by an "attack".

The Finnish National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) posted of a PDF containing the first name and birth date of those affected by the data breach, and their server couldn't handle the load (of an unintentional DDoS) as Finns attempted to check for their own name. The website is still quite slow, those interested in downloading the PDF can get it more easily from yle.fi.


Do you find yourself attempting to understand Anonymous's development as the collective grows? This article on how Anonymous supported Occupy Wall Street provides good insight into how the collective has of two different mindsets: moral and lulz.