Anonymous, a seemingly untraceable group of hackers who pretty much have the capabilities of doing whatever they want on the Internet without any repercussions, has always been very mysterious.
Who are they? How do they organize? Where do they operate?
They’ve brought down PayPal. They’ve conspired against government websites. And yet, they’ve never been caught. So if they’re that powerful, that they can attack major corporations and federal institutions, and not be punished, then it’s only natural to fear them, right? Who would want to get on their bad side?
But the public attitude towards Anonymous seemed to shift dramatically two years ago, when the group hacked the website of and published private information about the Westboro Baptist Church, after the church announced its intention to picket the funeral of Sandy Hook victims.
Everybody hates the Westboro Baptist Church. It’s one of the few things people universally agree on. So any enemy of theirs is a friend of ours.
Suddenly, Anonymous was seen in a whole new light.
Now, Anonymous just earned another round of public approval by hacking everybody’s least favorite thing whose initials start and end with the letter K.
No, unfortunately it’s not Kim Kardashian. But hopefully that is next.
On November 16, the Klu Klux Klan’s official Twitter feed became under Anonymous control. The attack came after the KKK said it was going to use lethal force against Ferguson protesters. Additionally, they provided links to social media accounts which contained photos, addresses, phone numbers, ages, workplaces, of KKK members, as well as photos of their children.
Obviously, Anonymous does not screw around.
But the point is, in a society that glamorizes the idea of “superheroes” in popular culture — crime fighters who go above the law to thwart villains — why are we looking any further to find the actual living version of that than Anonymous?
They neglect the law. They don’t get caught. They take on groups that are universally hated.
That’s so superhero, that I can’t even.
Yup, I’m so passionate about this that I even talked like a teenage girl to prove my point.