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Friday, June 17, 2011

Who is this so called Anonymous?

Now SKMM (Suruhanjaya Komunikasi Multimedia Malaysia) already block a lot of File Hosting / Sharing Website like:

Yeah. You read it right. Thank God, 4 Shared still there but I doubt that it wont be so long till the website will be block as well. It's a pain in the ass really, because not all user, use it for illegal stuff like piracy and misused copyrights. But if we used it in a good way, it could be more convenience such as transferring big files to another friend using the file hosting, where normally, mail doesn't allowed to transfer file bigger than 10MB, you can also use the file hosting as a virtual hard disk, where we can keep our digital stuff so to speak inside the file hosting website and many more.

Well then, after the chaos, this group called Anonymous came out from out of nowhere.

They were the one that responsible of the group launched attacks on ninety-one websites of the Malaysian government in response to the blocking of websites like Wikileaks and The Pirate Bay within the country, which the group labels censorship of a basic human right to information.

A flag conveying symbolism associated with Anonymous. The symbolism of the "suit without a head" represents leaderless organization and anonymity

They put a warning video on Youtube called - Operation Malaysia

I've do a bit of reading, this “hacktivist” group, Anonymous, posted a mission statement to Pastebin on June 12 describing the reasoning behind their planned and upcoming attack on official Malaysian government websites. Anonymous warned, “We fear that if you make further decisions to take away human freedom, we obligated to act fast and have no mercy.”

Anonymous claims that Malaysia is preventing the free distribution of information by censoring its internet, calling it “one of the world’s strictest governments,” similar to the reasoning behind their recent attacks on Turkish government websites, after which 32 people—who the Turkish government claimed were members of Anonymous—were arrested.

This group is a very good hackers. The nature of Anonymous is most accurately described in their name. They view themselves as less of a real group and more of a collective of voices who speak out and protest against censorship and what they believe are efforts to suppress the freedom of speech and information. The composition of their membership may vary from day to day and anyone can be a part of anonymous at any time without any real or permanent stake.

When asked if they had a large user base in the Middle East, they responded, “[our] groups aren’t groups, they’re scattered everywhere. We don’t even know.”

The thing that makes it hard or rather impossible to track down the hackers is that they are using VPN or Virtual Private Network. It is a secure way of connecting to a private local area network at a remote location, using the internet or any unsecure public network to transport the network data packets privately, using encryption. The VPN uses authentication to deny access to unauthorized users, and encryption to prevent unauthorized users from reading the private network packets. The VPN can be used to send any kind of network traffic securely, including voice, video or data.

How Virtual Private Network works

Which means, anyone who wants to track them and try to access their network, they will need the encryption or password to pass. They also put many nodes or network point, make it harder to trace the place of the hackers, and many nodes, means many spoof IP address.

Cool eyy?


SKMM Will Block File Sharing Website

The Epoch Times: Interview with Anonymous Hackers, Malaysia Next Target

Wikipedia: Anonymous

Wikipedia: Virtual Private Network

p/s: Fight hackers, with hackers.

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