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FBI Considers Anonymous a Threat to National Security?

Seems like Anonymous’ anonymity is under serious threat as federal agencies are increasingly becoming worried and hence, vigilant against the group members’ cyber activities.

Anonymous claims itself to be a hacktivist group that uses hacking as medium of protest against the monopoly of the ruling elites all around the world, as well as against any form of social injustice.

The group’s rebellious nature and anti-establishment activities were no secrets to the law enforcement agencies. However, it was taken for more like a group consisting of pranksters who wanted to have a go at the government or corporates whenever they could.

Following a series of some potentially very damaging hack attacks against many world governments as well as against many US and foreign based businesses, the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) is now taking Anonymous for a threat to national security - that’s what a leaked document from the agency tells us.

"The Anonymous ‘collective’ has risen from an amorphous group of individuals on the Internet to the current state of a potential threat to national security," the document reads, according to an IT World report (opens in new tab).

“Due to the nature of Anonymous, they believe that they are a leaderless collective. However, it has been shown that there is a defined leadership group,” it added.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.