Volume 2, Number 11 - February 23, 2012

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Anonymously Hacked!

By Jonathan Muñoz

Isn’t it fun when your friends take your phone and write on your wall and update a status? It is usually something like “hacked by…smiley face.”

Well, all right, I’ll admit it hasn’t actually being hacked; they simply took your phone. But what if someone were to really hack your Facebook, Twitter, Gmail or Tumblr, or even your bank account, and you couldn’t do anything to stop them?
The secret group of hackers known as Anonymous is nothing new. It’s the same group that threatened to shut down Facebook (yeah, now you remember, the Guy Fawkes mask people) back in November 2011.
Recently they’ve resurfaced, claiming that they’ve intercepted calls from the United Kingdom and hacked a CIA database. If they can hack the CIA, we have a problem. Government law enforcement agencies are supposed to be un-hackable and secure.
The alleged reason for this hack is a response to the recent police brutality on OWS movement participants. But regardless of their motivation, they seem to just be taunting law enforcement.

What their agenda holds is anyone's guess. However, they seem to have too much power for comfort.

When and what will they strike next?
Editor’s note: No accessible computer system is un-hackable, government or otherwise. The Anonymous folks use primitive, rudimentary techniques on systems that are accessible, and very poorly protected. Even a kitten can walk into your house if you leave the door open.

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