The group that calls itself “Anonymous” published a lot of information on Nov. 5. They published “d0x” (documents) about many rich people, including and especially how much money those people gave to which political candidates/causes. They also posted information on Walmart and the LRAD corporation (which makes the “Long-Range Acoustic Device” non-lethal crowd control “weapon”).
They began with a statement, “Good morning, people of the internet…there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression…How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.”
They then published home addresses, family members’ names, work places and associates, and the political contributions of Larry Summers, Carlos Slim Helu, Christy Walton, David Koch, Charles G. Koch, Michael Bloomberg, Michael T. Duke, Warren Buffett, William Donaldson, Hugh Grant, and Linda Hudson.
As I’ve written before, I do not know exactly what Anonymous is about, so I will not publish links to their d0x. They tweeted that they have d0x on 9000 other people/entities. They also uploaded a free (pirated?) version of “V for Vendetta” and tweeted the news that some of their members had just gotten engaged.
Finally, they announced #OpDeleteFB, asking everyone to delete their own Facebook accounts on December 24, in protest of the ways that Facebook uses and sells our personal information. They were careful to write, “THIS IS NOT an operation aiming at any form of defacing, hacking, included but not limited to cross site scripting, script injection, etc. Of the Facebook website. We respect Facebook’s right to host a website free from hacking attempts.”
I am also unhappy with the way FB is using our information, but I will be surprised if very many people delete their accounts. I know I will not, because I have congregants who contact me via FB.
I will continue to watch as Anonymous’ “year of change” unfolds.
(original post, with links, at So May We Be)