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    Default Dilemma and more

    Well, I agree with the “dilemma” word, but the dilemma is bigger than that. In this case, you first have a US Congressman criminalizing a legal combat action under the Laws of War with unsubstantiated allegations. He creates such a media frenzy, his political sound bits become a public perception which the senior leadership of the military responds to after they are won over by the perceptions. The military legal system sorts out all the truths and bad perceptions (to a degree). Now, instead of recognizing that a system worked we have enable criminals and cowards to legitimize themselves by hacking a legal defense team website. As one who has corresponded with the defense team, I am proud and flattered to see my name displayed and associated with the defense team on the hacker’s site. Mentioned in “dispatches” …I am honored.
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    Angry Bona fide threat, in my book

    Quote Originally Posted by jcustis View Post
    I made mention of this in the Haditha thread, but Anonymous is beginning to become a threat to national security.

    Am I just paranoid about the perception, versus a bona fide threat?
    Having been on the receiving end of AntiSec's very thorough and devastating hack over Christmas, and spending several weeks digging into the Anonymous/AntiSec activities (and still waiting for the other shoe to drop), the threat is real and growing.

    However, I perceive that there are some confusing dynamics in play that the media doesn't bother to clarify.

    AntiSec is a highly malicious offshoot from Anonymous. However, any 7th grade computer whiz who plays around with hacking can "become" Anonymous simply by claiming to be -- the nature of the beast being what it is. But the AntiSec subset is much more specialised, and is likely to be a very small clique. The attack on STRATFOR was a large departure from previous Anonymous DDoS and site defacing activities.

    The dude Sabu (#RealSabu) is tied to AntiSec, but from what I've seen the publicity 'ho "Anonymous spokesman" Barrett Brown is self-appointed and has no direct involvement with the highly destructive AntiSec activities. Anonymous is a nebulous and disorganised 'movement' -- not the monolithic 'group' that the press makes it out to be -- making a self-styled spokesman rather difficult to take seriously. The Twitter feeds for AntiSec and RealSabu display only dismissive disdain for Barrett Brown's "spokesman" activities.

    By the way, I'm not defending anyone...I detest them all, and happily use printed Guy Fawkes masks for targets at the range, often. But, as y'all know, the threat cannot be effectively addressed until it is accurately identified and pinned down.
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    Default Hi Bear:

    You should be:

    As one who has corresponded with the defense team, I am proud and flattered to see my name displayed and associated with the defense team on the hacker’s site.
    I thought about going to look at the hack; but read a couple of "reviews" that most all of the material had nothing to do with Haditha. That suggested to me that I really had no need to know.

    However, I did think about whether the Great Bear and his correspondence were among the hackees. In any event, you were "outed" well before any hacks by your own kicking ass upstairs.

    In this particular case, the hackers may have deligitimized themselves by doing a full dump of the hack. I expect that so far as they were and are concerned, it is not material to them that collateral damage was done to people having nothing to do with Haditha. But, that may be material to some who otherwise would have supported their actions.

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    WASHINGTON The hacker-activist group Anonymous says it hijacked the website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission to avenge the death of Aaron Swartz, an Internet activist who committed suicide.

    The website of the commission, an independent agency of the judicial branch, was taken over early Saturday and replaced with a message warning that when Swartz killed himself two weeks ago "a line was crossed."
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-...avenge-swartz/
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    Federal Reserve hacked

    US central bank confirms intrusion after hacktivist group Anonymous was claimed to have stolen 4,000 bankers' details
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2...erve-anonymous
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    Revenge hack.

    Anonymous claims to have hacked the United States' State Department website and captured a database, which has now been published on the Internet.

    The data dump by the hacktivists contains the names and email addresses of State Department consular and careers staffers and in some cases, their phone numbers and date of birth.

    Usernames are also found in the database dump. Searching state.gov and other sites shows that several email addresses and other data match State Department staffers in the United States and legations around the world.
    http://www.itnews.com.au/News/333684...n-the-web.aspx
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