Anonymous means “of unknown authorship or origin, not named or identified, or lacking individuality, distinction or recognizability. ”, but this time it means a little more. Anonymous is a hactivist group that originated in 2003 on a website called 4chan. This website was a place where hackers could collaborate on anarchic and revolutionary protest ideas. Anyone can join this group and they have a forum where anyone can post an idea and people can respond. There is not a single group behind Anonymous, but there are several websites that have strong ties such as 4Chan, and their wikis, Encyclopedia Dramatica and other forum. Encyclopedia Dramatica is a satritical website that makes fun of both encyclopedia topics and current Internet news.
Anonymous have been very active in many world events such as the Arab Spring, but more recently in the Israel and Palestine Conflict. They didn’t take a side in this conflict but instead offered support to both parties. When the governments would try to turn of the Internet Anonymous would provide a hack code so that the citizens would still have access to the Internet. One of the main ideas that Anonymous stands behind is that all people have the right of freedom of speech, especially on the Internet.
We found a movie trailer for the film We are Legion, The Story of the Hacktivists which is a documentary on the group Anonymous. You can check it out here.
Also, here is a helpful timeline of Hacktivists.
The main controversy that lies behind Anonymous is that they are breaking into and stealing information that is supposed to be secured, but they are doing this when they believe that a corporation or country is hiding information or needs to be punished. This is how they protest. As of now the government hasn’t been able to find out the specifics about these groups, or even find a way to stop them. No one know how dangerous they could really be.