“Remember, remember, the 5th of November The Gunpowder Treason and plot; I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason Should ever be forgot.”
In a previous post written by ReaperSec, it was explained about an account on Twitter called @FawkesSecurity that made some very serious threats in regards to November 5th. Luckily, these threats were never carried out. Even though there was no catastrophic explosion, I am sure that law enforcement is continuing to look into those behind that particular account.
The 5th of November, or “Guy Fawkes Day,” was an important day to everyone who calls their self a part of the “Anonymous” collective of activists, hacktivists, etc. As many know by now, the Guy Fawkes mask from V for Vendetta has become synonymous with the group Anonymous. It gives a face to the faceless, supposedly.
What’s even more intriguing is that Anonymous models itself after a failure. The Gunpowder Plot, which Guy Fawkes played an intricate role in, was gigantic failure. http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/civil_war_revolution/gunpowder_robinson_01.shtml Playing into that, Guy Fawkes was captured on November 5, 1605. http://www.britannia.com/history/g-fawkes.html He was then executed on January 31, 1606.
So an entire collective of people have taken the effigy of failure and a captured criminal and modeled it to their own. How fitting, considering that the greater majority of Anonymous are quickly being hauled off by LEA’s all around the world for breaking laws that they shouldn’t be breaking. Even yesterday, November 5, 2012, laws were broken, supposedly by Anonymous. Paypal and Symantec were reportedly hacked by the “Anonymous Collective.”
As we see in the above article, Anonymous wasn’t responsible for the Symantec hack, but they were quick to jump claim for it. As @doxbin corrected ZD Net, another group called HTP, or Hack The Planet, was responsible for the Symantec hack. In a later update, it wasn’t even Paypal that was the target. It was a different company all together. Low and behold, though, Anonymous will take credit for something that they didn’t do, just so that they can attempt to stay relevant.
With all the build up, you would think that the “Legion” of “OVER9000″ would have something more spectacular planned and carried out. Alas, much like their martyred effigy, all that happened on November 5, 2012 was more failure. For the hacks that happened that Anonymous was responsible for, expect the secondary failure to happen in time: The arrests of those tied to the hacks.
There is a difference between those in Anonymous and the ones in other groups who are not affiliated with the collective, and that difference is the fact that many Anons are not skilled enough to stay safe. In this world of “hacktivism” a group of skiddies will do what they can just to make a name for themselves. Anonymous isn’t about hacktivism, or activism, or moral faggotry. No, Anonymous is about making a name for themselves. Nothing more.
In that, they will fall to the same fate that their idol fell to: incarceration.
When you fight for something and nothing changes, find a different way to fight.