Anonymous Hacks NATO, Taunts FBI: ‘When Was The Internet Not The Wild Wild West?’
Hackers belonging to “Anonymous” — evidently either motivated and/or undeterred by a slew of raids and arrests made on Tuesday — today claimed to have breached NATO security, gaining access to scores of confidential material. In fact, the group says some of the material they’ve gathered is so confidential that it would be “irresponsible” of them to publish it all.
Deputy assistant FBI director Steven Chabinsky has called the group’s actions “unacceptable,” regardless of motivation:
We want to send a message that chaos on the Internet is unacceptable. [Even if] hackers can be believed to have social causes, it’s entirely unacceptable to break into websites and commit unlawful acts.
Anonymous responded to Chabinsky’s comments, made on NPR, with an open letter:
Hello thar FBI and international law authorities,
We recently stumbled across the following article with amazement and a certain amount of amusement:
The statements made by deputy assistant FBI director Steve Chabinsky in this
article clearly seem to be directed at Anonymous and Lulz Security, and we are
happy to provide you with a response.
“We want to send a message that chaos on the Internet is unacceptable,
[even if] hackers can be believed to have social causes, it’s entirely
unacceptable to break into websites and commit unlawful acts.”
Now let us be clear here, Mr. Chabinsky, while we understand that you and
your colleagues may find breaking into websites unacceptable, let us tell
you what WE find unacceptable:
* Governments lying to their citizens and inducing fear and terror to keep
them in control by dismantling their freedom piece by piece.
* Corporations aiding and conspiring with said governments while taking
advantage at the same time by collecting billions of funds for
federal contracts we all know they can’t fulfil.
* Lobby conglomerates who only follow their agenda to push the profits
higher, while at the same time being deeply involved in governments around
the world with the only goal to infiltrate and corrupt them enough
so the status quo will never change.
These governments and corporations are our enemy. And we will continue to
fight them, with all methods we have at our disposal, and that certainly
includes breaking into their websites and exposing their lies.
We are not scared any more. Your threats to arrest us are meaningless to
us as you cannot arrest an idea. Any attempt to do so will make your
citizens more angry until they will roar in one gigantic choir. It is our
mission to help these people and there is nothing – absolutely nothing – you
can possibly to do make us stop.
“The Internet has become so important to so many people that we have to
ensure that the World Wide Web does not become the Wild Wild West.”
Let me ask you, good sir, when was the Internet not the Wild Wild West? Do
you really believe you were in control of it at any point? You were not.
That does not mean that everyone behaves like an outlaw. You see, most
people do not behave like bandits if they have no reason to. We become bandits
on the Internet because you have forced our hand. The Anonymous bitchslap rings
through your ears like hacktivism movements of the 90s. We’re back – and we’re
not going anywhere. Expect us.
Anonymous has linked to several PDFs through the group’s Twitter profile.
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