Internet: Anonymous

I’m sort of conflicted about this group. On the one hand, I’m generally in favor of free speech and freedom of information, and that seems to be their principal cause. Also, hacktivism is pretty damn cool in general. They get major points (from me) for their support of protests of the 2009 Iranian elections and relatively mature response to the Westboro Baptist Church (honestly, if it were me, I would probably just look at the allegations and say, “Well, now that you mention it, that sounds like a great idea…”).

On the other hand, I think some of their targets were perhaps poorly chosen; mostly the ones that were probably done “for the lulz,” like their attack on Epilepsy Foundation forum sites with flashing animations, or the “No Cussing Club” (I don’t like this either, but come on, the founder was just a kid). They seem very menacing: definitely people you want on your side, not working against you.

Their motto:

We are Anonymous.

We are legion

We do not forgive.

We do not forget.

Expect us.

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