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Former Anonymous Member Interviewed

A former member of Anonymous has given an interview to Cisco Security, giving great insight into the notorious hacktivist group.

The hacker, who goes by the name SparkyBlaze claimed that he left the group several weeks ago after he realised that some people in the group were targeting innocent people.

Anonymous has gained world-wide notoriety for taking part in protests world-wide and hacking into systems belonging to several big name companies and governments.

In the interview (opens in new tab), SparkyBlaze said that it was OK for hackers to steal data from governments and donate it on Wikileaks as the governments were affected by it. However, he said, pasting usernames and passwords of people on websites like Pastebin was simply wrong.

He also said that people in general don’t take computer security seriously and hackers along with computer savvy people were frowned upon.

Speaking about enterprise security, the hacker said that companies were not bothered about beefing up the security of their data as they believe that it doesn’t matter.

“They don’t encrypt the data nor do they get the right software, hardware and people required to stay secure. They don’t train their staff not to open attachments from people they don’t know. The problem isn’t the software/hardware being used… it is the people using it. You need to teach these companies why they need a good information security policy,” he said.

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