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Really so worthy?

Honestly, I sometimes wonder at who is behind what, don't you?
It's been reported in the Russian Times that Anonymous has hacked and exposed pedophiles, calling it a 'social experiment'. Interesting, but one does have to wonder...Seems it's also reported that this was "even authorized with the approval of Mozilla, the company behind the popular FireFox browser..." Anonymous created a plug-in for TOR which they thought the pedophiles couldn't resist downloading and for 24 hours tracked every online move of anyone using their fake TOR update. Real vigilante stuff going on here, don't you think? What is distressing is the collusion of Mozilla, the supposedly 'secure' browser, and the participation of the organization in activities that belies their committment to internet security and any belief in freedom. And while I believe that society has a right (actually, for its own survival, the obligation) to make decisions concerning those who violate basic social premises, this kind of thing is something right out of the playbook of those who Anonymous has fought. Ask yourself now how 'secure' Firefox really is. Ask yourself what plug-ins are loading (with malicious intent, whether you are the target of that intent or not) onto your machine and what will be the outcome. Use TOR? How 'secure' do you think Tor is now?

I personally don't allow any plug-in to load without my consent. I don't use TOR. I don't accept cookies. I don't pay bills, bank, or do anything online that I can do face-to-face with an individual from whom I can get their personal information in return. While I haven't personally thought the internet has been secure, no matter what the scheme (Even, and maybe especially, encrypted; who owns the software that does the encryption? Wouldn't one assume that they have all the keys to that encrytion, or have inserted access in the program itself?) since the early 90s when all the little internet servers were bought up by the likes of AOL. I don't believe I'm paranoid; I just don't trust someone, especially a group of someones that won't be personally accountable, and that is all-inclusive. I believe in people, not machines, and I do think that these machines are beginning to bring out the worst of us, from the oblivious and their cell-phones (They call it 'multi-tasking' to talk on their phones and deal with others at the same time, but haven't the social skills to understand that some feel indignant, and don't even have the respect to say 'excuse me', take the call, and give the respect that personal interaction demands.) to those who spend their days deep in the reality of their computer monitors.

So you might believe Anonymous is a white knight, and the masters of the internet, but this shows me they've gone rouge, and will target anyone they please. Just like those we believe they fight. I find a great, and uncomfotable, contradiction here. Maybe you don't, but this is the same thing that's gotten us to where we are socially today: pandering to criminal-type behavior as long as we get a cut of the profits. While Anonymous has done a good turn, hopefully keeping children from abuse, and I may not believe they're criminals, they need to do a bit of critical thinking. They've, at best, shown everyone, including those they fight, how it's done. Good job, huh?

Shame on them.


Got a reply, Anonymous? I'd like to hear it.

anon 03.Nov.2011 16:49


They're also going after the Zeta drug gang. Who are balling, Anonymous is balling.