A few days ago, it was reported that the FBI had arrested several hackers associated with the online activism group Anonymous/LulzSec. As expected, the arrests didn’t sit in well with the group which has now issued a rather defying statement.
The day before, FBI director Steve Chabinsky had issued a statement of his own calling Anonymous‘ actions unacceptable, despite the possible social causes the group might have. In response, Anonymous blasted back with its own statement, on Pastebin as always, defending its case and promising more attacks.
According to Anonymous, attacks are conducted as a way to fight corruption in businesses and governments, arguing that the actions of those institutions are just as harmful:
These governments and corporations are our enemy. And we will continue to fight them, with all methods we have at our disposal, and that certainly includes breaking into their websites and exposing their lies.
Anonymous promises further attacks despite the arrests, claiming that several of its members are still willing to do conduct future "operations". Indeed, dissolving a criminal gang is hard, let alone a hacking group. The FBI might just be trapped in a hornet’s nest, if the threats do indeed materialize.
In addition, Anonymous claims that even if the group is dissolves by more arrests, others are likely to pick up where it left off:
Any attempt to do so will make your citizens more angry until they will roar in one gigantic choir. It is our mission to help these people and there is nothing – absolutely nothing – you can possibly to do make us stop.
If you have been following this site over the least week, you should be aware that the FBI conducted a mass crackdown on members of Anonymous. A number of FBI agents walked into the homes of suspects based in the states of New York, New Jersey, Florida and California, among others, and retrieved all electronic devices to be searched.
Anonymous is a semi-centralized online activism group dedicated to several political causes. Although it has held several peaceful demonstrations in the past, the group is most known for breaking into computer systems belonging to governments and big businesses. Earlier this year, it was Anonymous that broke into Sony’s PlayStation Network service and brought it down for almost one straight month.
The closing line from Anonymous in their statement is quite, well, read it for yourself:
We’re back – and we’re not going anywhere. Expect us.
So yeah, they are here for a while and don’t have any sort of plan to quit anytime soon.
Read the whole statement here