The problem with Anonymous.. it doesn’t know who it is

Anonymity can have its drawbacks.

If your movement has no defined leadership, no structure, no way for people to officially become members, and tries to make a positive about the fact that anyone can claim to be a part of it.. then it’s very hard to define what’s done in the name of the movement and what isn’t.

I’ve spoken to countless journalists and security commentators who have a nightmare trying to report anything to do with Anonymous, because.. well.. how do you know that something was really done by Anonymous, and not just someone who has chosen to wave that flag?

Take last week’s hack of Britain’s largest single abortion provider, for instance, by a hacker who identified himself as being part of “Anonymous”.

As we reported news of the hacker’s arrest and subsequent confession in…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.

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