Anonymous (Group) Notes

Anonymous originated in 2003 on the imageboard 4chan, representing the concept of many online and
offline community users simultaneously existing as an anarchic, digitized global brain.

Anonymous members (known as "Anons") can be distinguished in public by the wearing of stylised Guy
Fawkes masks.

In its early form, the concept was adopted by a decentralized online community acting anonymously in a
coordinated manner, usually toward a loosely self-agreed goal, and primarily focused on entertainment,
or "lulz".

Beginning with 2008's Project Chanology—a series of protests, pranks, and hacks targeting the Church of

Anonymous collective became increasingly associated with collaborative, hacktivism on a number of
issues internationally.

Individuals claiming to align themselves with Anonymous undertook protests and other actions (including
direct action) in retaliation against anti-digital piracy campaigns by motion picture and recording industry
trade associations. Later targets of Anonymous hacktivism included government agencies of the US,
Israel, Tunisia, Uganda, and others; child pornography sites; copyright protection agencies; the Westboro
Baptist Church; and corporations such as PayPal, MasterCard,Visa, and Sony.

Anons have publicly supported WikiLeaks and the Occupy movement. Related groups LulzSec and
Operation AntiSec carried out cyberattacks on US government agencies, media, video game companies,
military contractors, military personnel, and police officers, resulting in the attention of law enforcement to
the groups activities.

Dozens of people have been arrested for involvement in Anonymous cyber attacks, in countries including
the US, UK, Australia, the Netherlands, Spain, and Turkey.

Supporters have called the group "freedom fighters"
and digital Robin Hoods
while critics have
described them as "a cyber lynch-mob"
or "cyber terrorists".
In 2012, Time called Anonymous one of
the "100 most influential people" in the world.

Among the affected agencies were the U.S. Army, Department of Energy and the Department of Health and Human Services, although the FBI memo reportedly
warns the damage could be far more widespread. Reuters cites an Oct. 11 internal email originating with a high-ranking Department of Energy official as noting the
problem at that agency, alone, concerns, “at least 104,000 employees, contractors, family members and others associated with the Department of Energy, along
with information on almost 20,000 bank accounts.”

A US jury has indicted 13 members of the internet hacking group Anonymous accused of launching global cyber-attacks.




Internet activism;

Internet trolling;

Internet vigilantism



“A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn't like the tune.”

“Don't steal. The government hates competition.”

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”

“Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.”

“A dreamer lives for eternity.”

“No one is listening until you make a mistake.”

We [Anonymous] just happen to be a group of people on the internet who need—just kind of an outlet to do as we wish, that we wouldn't be able to do in regular society. ...That's more or less
the point of it. Do as you wish. ... There's a common phrase: 'we are doing it for the lulz.'

“ History teaches us that change simply doesn’t with flowers. It doesn’t work.”

“If they say I’m a criminal, then… well… then I will be one”

“Anonymous is like an evolving thing… It’s like a phoenix. It might occasionally catch fire and burn to the ground but it will be reborn from ashes. It’ll be reborn stronger.”

“You call it piracy. We call it freedom.”

Roles: Interviewer- Sergio

Visual and extras- Reisandy

START: - describing what anonymous is

Anonymous- Nathan, Thomas

“Today we are here with the group who people called The Anonymous. The anonymous are a group of people


Q: You’ve hacked into government officials files, why do you feel the need to tap into government secrets?

A: We feel like the government’s INJUSTICE has been interfering with public society too much. Such as the

SA who are looking at personal information, whereas they should be looking at people who pose a threat to the United States. The U.S. government is lying to us
about many things…

Q: So, how’s hacking been?

A: It has been a very interesting year. So i can’t complain.

Q: What is hacking like?

A: It’s a dangerous job because some government officials such as the NSA could track you down and you could be locked in federal prison for years. They also could
try to stop us and take us down one by one, but for each one that goes down, ten more will rise!

Q: What do you mean by “but for each one that goes down, ten more will rise!”? How does 10 more rise?

A: I think it’s self explanatory. How? Well the more you mess with our group the more people get angry. Causing more and more people to join the cause.

Q: Do you think it’s worth it, trying to take down our own government and all?

A: Well yeah

Q: How so??

A: Well we get information that is very secretive to people out of the government. Don’t you want to know about what’s happening in the government today??

Q: What do you achieve from doing this?

A: You see, we don’t just gain government info. What do we want? We want freedom of speech on the internet. As you can see in “Operation Payback” many
attacks were turned to internet piracy websites (they were DDoS or denied to use their service on the web) so we have decided to get our payback and DDoS the
opposing DDoS-ers. You call it piracy. We call it freedom.

Q: Are there kids in Anonymous? How could this affect parents?

A: As we our Anons we must protect our identity. We do not share personal information. Why do you think we wear the mask?

Q: What’s the youngest member in the group??

A: Okay, okay around 1-15?

Q: Don’t you think that fifteen year old kids are too young??

A: AGE doesn’t matter. As long as you are willing to do our work then you can be one of us. We really appreciate our members because a lot of people mention us
about being bad.


Interviewer: So today here we are with anonymous… Anonymous is a group that originated
on a message board on So why are we talking about them? Why do we even
care? What do they do? Well they’re a group of hacktivist that well… Hack, no duh. But
what did they do? Well, let’s see… Welcome Anonymous.

-Anonymous walks in-

Interviewer: Welcome, welcome… What should I call you guys?

N: Call me Mr. Fawkes and my partner… Just anon.

Interviewer: Why Mr. Fawkes and not just anon?

N: There once was a man name Guy Fawkes. Guy Fawkes planned an assault against the
British Parliament. Why? He was hoping that King James The First would change laws
against practice of religion but he didn’t so he and a group of people finally decided to rise
up and make action. We wear Guy Fawkes mask in memory of him to show deviance to
“The Man”.

Interviewer: Interesting story but where else did you originate from?

N: A website known as on one of their message boards.

Interviewer: Message board? Explain.

Anonymous: Well a message board is kinda self-explanatory a board where you message…
Like, Facebook.

Interviewer: Why 4chan? Why not Facebook, Myspace, Twitter?

N: On 4chan you can post things as an anonymous.

Interviewer: What exactly is Anonymous?

N: The group itself is a group of hacktivist that brings justice in the eyes of our own.

Interviewer: So it say’s here you guys have been hacking into Sony, major banking
companies, our own government, Sarah Palin’s email and more… Are you crazy?

N: Of course not.

Interviewer: So let’s start of with Sony… Why Sony? What did they do to you?

N: Well basically, Sony helped to support the law which would essentially shut down social
media websites or sites that share info… Like Wikipedia, Facebook, Youtube, Google and
many more. The internet wouldn’t be the same today if the law passed. And not just that but
this would force many, many, many people to lose their jobs. So we saw this as an act of
injustice and ran against many companies that supported this proposal.

Interviewer: Why do you think the U.S. Government would propose such a law?

N: Well to stop online piracy acts… Or also known as S.O.P.A.. Did you know a person
could be arrested if they posted a video on Youtube, if this proposal passed? So we
decided to DDoS (or to deny service online) the websites of… The United States
Department of Justice, the United States Copyright Office, the Federal Bureau of
Investigation, and many more websites.

Interviewer: Moving on to the next point. You’ve hacked into many of the major banking
companies, why? Are you taking my money?

N: Of course not! Well this is actually quick and simple. A website known as
has been trying to raise funds for its needs… But what has these companies decided to do?
Not allow their customers to donate to WikiLeaks… We find this as an injust act and so we
DDoSed them too… Remember what that means? To deny their intended service on the

Interviewer: So my credit cards are fine right?!

N: Yes, of course.

Interviewer: So now, Sarah Palin’s email… LIKE, WHY?

N: We didn’t actually hack into Sarah Palin’s email… It was actually another person… A
hacker that is not apart of our group and tried to pin it on us.

Interviewer: While we’re on this topic why do you think someone would do something like

N: Well a random person posted something on one of the 4chan’s message boards… And
he basically wanted to incriminate someone. Why? Because he wanted to laugh. What did
he post? He posted Sarah Palin’s email username and password. How? Well you know how
yahoo has security questions, right? Well lets say you put it as “When were you born?”.
Well you could easily go on Wikipedia and search that up, etc, etc, etc.

Interviewer: Ok, let’s go back to our own government. What do you think of it?

T: Well we think that they’re trying to sell us a type of government that we don’t want. We
want a democracy, right? Right now we don’t have that. I know, I know, people always think
“Oh America is a democracy”. But do your research we are a republic. Now a republic and a
democracy are 2 similar things. What is the difference? Well in a democracy the power is in
the whole population and if a law says you can’t do this then the people can change it. But
in a republic law is more absolute than in a democracy.

Interviewer: Some people disagree with your justice. What if your justice isn’t what the
people really want?

T: Yes, not everyone agrees with us, but we want the MAJORITY to be happy without
leaving out the rest.

Interviewer: Okay, Mr. Fawkes, anon, our time is up… Everyone around of applause for
these brave anon-amers!

-We bow and say our goodbyes and hopefully get a good grade-