What is “anonymous“, in out typical lexicon it means to be “unknown” yet it also infers that some form of action has taken place, yet the purveyors remain purposefully unseen. Much as the ole Lone Ranger hid behind his mask, we find a new collective group coming together behind a single mask ranging outwardly as Robin Hood would in the dark enclaves of the Internet super highway.
With their crowd sourced might, they are taking the Internet by storm, and instilling fear in the eyes of governments and corporate robber barons alike with the embarrassing crippling of the Sony Play Station Network to even the king of spooks the CIA. Now their evangelistic Robin Hood style have threatened the mother of all banks, the US Federal Reserve should the dictatorial servant also referred to as Ben Bernanke not step down for his crimes against humanity.
What is even more disconcerting in a way is per an Economist article, arrest where made on foreign shores being Spain and Turkey of individuals believed to be part of this group. As it may sound strange, however there would be some comfort if these attacks came from inside the American shore and while there are by guess, assuredly members on sovereign soil. The concept is the international metastasiztion of capabilities, influence and most important ideologies to undertake such attacks.
Also least we fool ourselves that this is a passing fad, rest assured this will not pass as the pet rock and Hula Hoop did into the sun set. In fact we surely will see more as “more” [people] find they have “more” to say and the Internet brings them all together with one simple wireless connection. In fact what scares me more than their chosen icon of the Shakespearean Play Mask, is the fact the world is not taking the threat seriously as we are no longer looking at a pimply face teen (insert Matthew Brodrick here) working out of a second story bedroom bored as he can’t get a date to the prom.
What we are facing is twofold, as the first is the “will” to inflect an “action” as a group or crowd while second is the vulnerability of the system to be compromised. As it takes two to tango, because whenever you join gas and a lit match your sure to start a fire. As the point is arresting a person here or there isn’t going to solve the issue as for every one you arrest, there will be two more behind them and four more back as you get the idea.
To solve the problem, we must first acknowledge there’s one, as so far the infractions have been minor, yet with the Sony debacle they are escalating as of this nature. As mentioned above, calling for the resignation of Ben Bernanke is now pushing the envelope akin to terrorism…
So mothers and fathers, gather up the children and watch for the blinking red light on your cable box, as just as you thought it was safe to… Well you get the idea don’t you…