1. Weird

    Anonymous Hacks North Korea’s Official Twitter and Flickr, Posts Bizarre Images

    As North Korea continues to bolster its threats against the United States, it seems they've got some social media issues to deal with. The official Twitter and Flickr accounts of the North Korean government have been hacked, and hacktivist group Anonymous is taking credit. The Twitter account seems to mainly be posting about other sites that are being hacked, but the Flickr page has some pretty bizarre pictures of a half-pig half-Kim Jong Un creature.

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  2. Tech

    Journalist Charged With Helping Anonymous Hack News Site

    When Matthew Keys was fired from his job in October of 2010, he allegedly did what anyone would allegedly do, and allegedly gave sensitive login information from his employer to the hacktivist group Anonymous. A hacker from the group used the information to alter the company's site, and now Keys is facing multiple charges for conspiring with the group.

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  3. Tech

    Anonymous May Block Obama’s State of the Union Address Tonight

    Which are you more afraid of: Internet anarchists or Big Brother? Tonight, the live Internet feed of President Obama's State of the Union address may just get blocked by Anonymous, who've declared they would do so. Check the Internet tonight at 9PM Eastern Standard Time to find out if it really happens, but read on to find out why.

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  4. Tech

    Anonymous Says They’re Responsible for Taking Down U.S. Sentencing Commission Site

    Continuing a string of threats and attacks following the death of Aaron Swartz, Anonymous claims to be responsible for taking down the United States Sentencing Commission website yesterday. They also claim that is not the only government website they currently control. Shortly after the attack the site was taken down, and now appears to be running normally. In the message they posted on the site, Anonymous also claims to have sensitive government information that it will leak to the media.

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  5. Tech

    Petition to Fire Aaron Swartz’s Prosecutor Hits Required Signatures for White House Response

    Aaron Swartz committed suicide on January 11th, and while no one but Swartz will ever truly know why, many have speculated that the legal troubles he was facing were a factor. He was being aggressively prosecuted for unlawfully obtaining information and recklessly damaging a protected computer after he made repeated efforts to steal files from JSTOR. The District Attorney leading the case against him was D.A. Carmen Ortiz, and the We the People petition to have her fired has already hit the required number of signatures needed to receive a White House response.

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  6. Tech

    Anonymous Hacks MIT Site in Wake of Aaron Swartz’s Suicide [UPDATED]

    The hacker group Anonymous defaced pages of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) site just hours after the school announced it would launch a full investigation into their role in Aaron Swartz's death. Swartz committed suicide on Friday while facing millions of dollars in fines and up to 50 years in prison for stealing documents from MIT and academic database JSTOR. In response, Anonymous has publicly called for the reform of computer crime laws and prosecution, and they've been busy the last few days petitioning the White House to classify DDoS attacks as a form of protest while also engaging in this hack of MIT.

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  7. Tech

    Anonymous Posts Petition for White House to Declare DDoS Attacks Protests, Not Crimes

    Yesterday we covered the White House's response to the petition asking them to build a working Death Star. Sometimes though, people try to use the government's We the People petition program to try to accomplish things that might be possible. Anonymous has posted a petition to the site asking that the US Government officially declare Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks to be a form of protest, and not a crime. This stands about as much of a chance as the government building a Death Star, and the response probably won't be nearly as funny.

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  8. Tech

    Google+ Might Finally Embrace the Internet, Allow Anonymous Profiles

    One of the big parts of Google+ is the fact that it requires you to use your "common name" when signing up. Google doesn't want any of the typical social media naming schemes, after all, and they almost definitely want to associate all the data they can with a single person. To this end, the Google+ guidelines include a strict naming policy on what is and is not kosher when signing up for their service. According to a patent that's just been issued to the company, however, they might be changing their minds a bit.

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  9. Tech

    The Government Maybe Uses Cameras to Track Your Every Move

    The government is watching you. All the time. People have been saying it for years, and now we kinda, sorta, have proof. Files on TrapWire, a government-sponsored program that allows U.S. intelligence agencies to track people's movements using surveillance cameras, have surfaced with  the latest batch of Wikileaks documents. Some are saying that's why the site has been experiencing mass DDoS attacks: To keep this thing under wraps. Conspiracy theories abound.

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  10. Tech

    French Company Trademarks Anonymous Logo, Is In For a World of Hurt

    "We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us." This familiar slogan of the Guy-Fawkes-mask-wearing, DDoS-attacking, loosely associated hacktivist group, Anonymous, has allegedly trademarked by a French t-shirt company along with the group's logo. Anonymous supporters have retaliated, releasing a YouTube video declaring war on the French retailer in "Operation AnonTrademark."

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  11. Weird

    Department of Justice Hacked, Anonymous Taking Credit

    A Department of Justice spokeswoman has revealed that several unauthorized users gained access to a server that hosts the Bureau of Justice Statistics' website. You can probably guess who's taking responsibility: Your friendly neighborhood collection of loosely-associated self-proclaimed hacktivists, Anonymous. Anonymous claims that among the spoils of the hack, there are internal emails and a full database dump which may contain data the Bureau has been collecting about cybersecurity incidents.

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  12. Tech

    The Pirate Bay Down For Many, Reportedly Under DDoS Attack From Unknown Source

    The Pirate Bay has been widely unavailable for many users over the past 24 hours, and reports suggest it may be due to a DDoS attack from an unknown source. Pirate Bay downtime is not unheard of, but the length of this outage has been particularly long and its proximity to the recent blockage of the site in the U.K. and the site's open criticism of an Anonymous attack on Virgin mobile is suspicious, or if nothing else, at least a crazy coincidence. On its Facebook page, Pirate Bay alleges the source of the outage is in fact to due to a DDoS attack and if true, the consequences could be troubling.

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  13. Tech

    Anonymous Puzzlingly Releases Its Own Operating System [UPDATED]

    When they aren't out DDOSing webpages, sometimes Anonymous affiliated hackers like to burn off a little steam with Anonymous-themed projects. We've seen them dabble in social networking, and Twitter app-ing, but now they've gone whole hog and released an Anonymous operating system. Well, an Anonymous-branded Ubuntu distribution at least. Expect a lot of Guy Fawkes.

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  14. Weird

    Former LulzSec Leader Aids FBI, Assists in Series of Arrests

    A lot has changed since last summer when the Lulz were abundant and the hacking was easy. LulzSec, insane mascot of Internet chaos, sailed off into the sunset, returned, and faded away again. Anonymous continued to pepper government sites with scattered DDoS attacks, though with less and less frequency, and the affected government organizations continued to swat at their Anonymous attackers, with increasing success. But there was more to it than all that, something that has only just come to light. It seems that Sabu, the figurehead of LulzSec, actually defected late in the summer of 2011 and has been working for the FBI ever since, and now it's become clear that he played an important role in the latest series of hacker arrests.

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  15. Tech

    Anonymous Claims to Have Taken Down the CIA’s Website

    So the CIA's website is definitely down right now, and Anonymous is claiming responsibility. Given their previous track record, it's pretty safe to assume that this is exactly what it looks like. During they're last little frenzy after the MegaUpload takedown, Anonymous claimed to have taken down a slew of other high profile targets including the DOJ, MPAA, RIAA, and FBI websites, an attack on the CIA homepage would round out that list nicely. Granted, it's just a DDOS attack, not a more serious breach of security like a leaked phone call or anything, but it's still got to sting a bit if you're the CIA.

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