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Anonymous Vs Co$ [Feb. 10th, 2008|08:57 pm]
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I'm not sure how much you guys know of this story, but its interesting on a number of levels. Infact it has peaked the interest of a few researchers at my Uni. Ok the long story I'll try to explain everything. But please be aware these sites may not be work safe, nor family friendly.

Anonymous is the mass used forum-like handle used on a series of mostly image heavy communities called 'Chans'; (http://www.wikichan.org/index.php/Main_Page)a decent wiki that helps transverse the chan universe.

Now largely these chans are the darker side of the internet, like the spam/troll raids we experienced in the TMC forum days from the wrestling fan-boys, the 'chans' sit around swapping, creating and polluting 'Meme' and engaging in behaviour that would make most people concerned and ashamed for mankind. Largely image heavy and often polluted with porn (not even the nice kind) and questionable and/or racist images, they also engage in raids, and undertake internet Guerrilla warfare tatics.

Short version, the bad internet publicity you've heard about likely started with a anonymous and a chan.
http://www.encyclopediadramatica.com/index.php/Main_Page a site which can help one better understand the anonymous mindset.

At some point and some where (actual locations and dates are disputed) the chans start what has become largely a internet based war, with what did they wage war? Scientology.
Yes the Church of Scientology is being attacked online from anonymous.

With the latest attacks, some legal and some illlegal or grey hatted (Hacking and DOS attack), the chans have also started there first IRL raids, protesting at actual Co$ locations.

The one which truely drew my attention was a Sydney based on, some people I know thru irc circles were involved. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thepretenda/sets/72157603878823886/

Fight on Anonymous; I'm all for religious freedom but Scientology isn't free and is just barely a religion.

I suck at linking I know :P

[User Picture]From: igpajo
2008-02-11 06:58 pm (UTC)
I've heard a bit about this through some links via BoingBoing.net. They covered a story about an attack by Anonymous that was being redirected by some protection software the CO$ was using to protect their websites. The redirected attack was taking out the computer network for some primary school in Norway or somewhere like that.

BoingBoing also covered a sizable protest in LA too. Intersting stuff. I'm kind of routing for Anonymous also. Don't approve of their methods, but I'm not a big fan of the Co$.
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[User Picture]From: igpajo
2008-02-11 07:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, and check out the pictures that article links too. Allegedly the Church was using a fake Ice delivery truck to perform surveillance on the crowd. It looks so ridiculous too just sitting there in the empty parking lot just feet away from the crowd who all seem to on to what they're doing.
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[User Picture]From: taintedkiai
2008-02-12 09:24 am (UTC)
Anon from reports ofnthere various bases (Wiki and chans) are now nolonger engaging in mass internet based attacks, and nolong endorse hacking.

Instead there going for the RL and no terrorist inspired approaches.
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[User Picture]From: niaouli
2008-02-11 10:00 pm (UTC)
From what I've read, they allegedly only got their "Church" status through blackmail and bribery.
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[User Picture]From: taintedkiai
2008-02-12 09:25 am (UTC)
Anon hopes to get that changed and also a RICO investigation... sadly all I know about RICO is it was used against the mafia. :P
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[User Picture]From: niaouli
2008-02-12 03:17 pm (UTC)
Tsk, that's not all you know.

Sophia Stewart tried to get the Wachowskis using RICO. Of course, her case was thrown out.
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[User Picture]From: niaouli
2008-02-13 03:11 pm (UTC)
I'm currently reading Andrew Morton's biography of Tom Cruise and in it he says that the mother-in-law of current Co$'s leader, David Miscavige, left the main "church" and joined a breakaway sect of $cientology. She was later found dead, verdict: suicide. She supposedly committed suicide by shooting herself ... with a shotgun ... three times.

Morton follows that by saying that 'Miscavige has always stoutly denied any involvement in her death'.
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