The key strengthening fact of hacker group Anonymous, like their name suggests, is the fact that they are anonymous. They have always maintained that there is no defined organization within the group; hence no hierarchy. This has made matters complicated for law enforcement organizations as they have been pretty much unsuccessful in arresting the group. Anonymous have used this to their advantage and claim that individuals can be arrested but an idea cannot be. This seems to now have backfired on the cyber activist group as there seems to be a bit of conflict of interest arising.
They are Anonymous, but lacking organization!
According to a YouTube video from Anonymous, the group claims to take down social networking giant, Facebook on the 5th of November 2011. This is part of their campaign #opFacebook. The campaign is apparently going to take place due to their claims that Facebook has been selling information to government agencies and giving clandestine access to information security firms so that they can spy on people from all around the world.
Shortly after this statement was made, Anonymous took to Twitter to debunk operation Facebook. They state that #opFacebook was another fake and that they don’t kill the messenger citing this was not their style. In a later tweet, the group claims, “#OpFacebook is being organised by some Anons. This does not necessarily mean that all of #Anonymous agrees with it.”
What does this mean for Anonymous as a group? With no hierarchy, there is bound to be conflicting interests. It has worked to their advantage in the past. Will it work in the future? Let us know your thoughts about Anonymous taking down Facebook and Anonymous’ unorganized hierarchy in the comments below.