Hacktivism collective Anonymous has suffered a taste of its own medicine, with its recently-formed pro-anonymity social networking service Anon+ falling foul of Turkish hackers.
Anon+ was formed when an account registered by Anonymous – youranonnews – was kicked out of the field-trial of Google+, on the not-unreasonable grounds that it was a ‘corporate’ account not connected to a real-world individual.
Anonymous, not known for being shy and retiring, didn’t take the ejection well. “This is the sad fact of what happens across the internet when you walk to a different beat of the drum,” the group posted, before calling upon the spectre of hordes of activists being banned from Google+, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other services to launch its own social networking site.
“This is one social network that will not tolerate being shut down, censored, or oppressed,” the group claimed at the launch of Anon+, “even in the face of blackout. We the people have had enough… enough of governments and corporations saying what’s best for us – what’s safe for our minds.”
While you might expect Anonymous to know a thing or two about security – given its high-profile attacks on large corporations such as Sony, which it has publicly mocked for a lack of IT know-how – it appears that the group might have missed a trick or two in the rush to get Anon+ ready for action.
“This logo suits you more,” the site read following an attack by a Turkish cracking group calling itself Akincilar which saw the group’s famous logo replaced with one featuring the head of a dog. “How dare you rise [up] against […] the World… Do you really think that you are [the] Ottoman Empire?
“We [told] you before that you cannot challenge […] the world and we [learn] you cannot be social. Now all of you go to your doghouse,” the message concluded.
The attack appears to be in retaliation for ‘Operation Turkey,’ an Anonymous project that saw Turkish government websites attacked in protest against plans to introduce a Chinese-style Internet filter in the country and which led to 32 arrests by local police.
“This is not a great advertisement for AnonPlus’s future security,” Sophos’s Graham Cluley stated of the attack, “and anyone thinking of joining Anonymous social networking initatives in future might be wise to think twice.”Leave a comment on this article