Anonymous Announces Hacking School
As if the number of threats you face in securing your data wasn’t enough already, enter the news that members of the infamous hacker collective, Anonymous, have just launched a hidden service on the dark web for sharing technical skills in hacking and the use of anonymity software. In other words, Hacking School is now in session!
Even more interesting, anyone can join Anonymous, and the technical skills of members may vary. Can you say the IT equivalent of Fast Times at Ridgemont High? Mr. Spicoli, step forward.
Campaigns undertaken by self-defined Anonymous members range from launching denial-of-service attacks on websites, and hacking email accounts and dumping documents online (doxxing), to advanced attacks that have compromised government agencies and other high-profile targets.
And it’s obviously been thought out. No matter what your personal opinion of Anonymous, and their often illegal activities, there is no doubt that their goal is attractive to new people, especially the young.
The Anonymous video announcing the service opens by showing a clip from “Ghostwriter,” a children’s mystery show from the early ’90s, in which a girl played by a young Julia Stiles answers another girl’s question about how she learned about “all this hacking stuff.” The Stiles character points to a computer and says “in there.”
They even have a you tube video, and are quite vocal on Twitter.
It’s a world where you’re judged by what you say and think, not by what you look like.
A world where curiosity and imagination equals power.
Stay tuned boys and girls.
I wonder what the attendance policy is.