Posts tagged “Anonymous

Anonymous “spokesperson” Barrett Brown facing multiple new charges, in relation to Stratfor hack

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The never ending saga of Barrett Brown continues.  Brown, 31, who was a self-styled “spokesperson” for the group Anonymous  faces new charges in relation to the hacking a year ago of the intelligence firm, Stratfor.

According to federal prosecutors, Brown was indicted this week in Texas on a dozen charges including aggravated identity theft and device fraud.  He is accused of making public an Internet link providing access to credit card information stolen from Stratfor, which had emails taken during that same hack released by WikiLeaks. The full indictment against Brown can be seen here.

Brown had already been arrested and charged in October with threatening FBI agent, Robert Smith. Like much of Brown’s recent life, even the October arrest played out in the media, as he was arrested while on a live Tinychat session.  One can hear him apparently trying to get away from the FBI and sounds that may have been taser bursts at 1:30.

The Stratfor breach led to the disclosure of thousands of credit card numbers and other information. Jeremy Hammond was also arrested, but charged with participating in the actual hacking of the company.

HT  TwoTroubles

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Bret Baier reports OWS rants about benefits of Hurricane Sandy, “Anonymous” twitter accounts then threaten him

Yesterday FNC’s Bret Baier on Grapevine reported on the comments by @OccupyWallStreet ‘s official twitter account in response to Hurricane Sandy. See his report here.  This earned him some unfavorable attention from twitter accounts associated with Anonymous (one of the founding parts of  Occupy). They “doxed”  Baier (got his personal information including his home address and phone) and said “anything goes” against him.

On Tuesday, the day after the hurricane started, the OWS account started with a rant against capitalism:

Then followed up immediately thereafter with the specific “benefits” of Sandy:

What obscures “community”? Why, Capitalism, of course.

They then advised people to go outside on Tuesday (while many wires and trees were still down and dangerous, most without power, many still under water ).

In the above tweet, they link to an article on another Occupy site that refers to Sandy as the “People’s Hurricane” and a “Climate Strike”  (arguing Sandy is due to Climate change that evil Wall St loosed on itself).

In response, the OWS account was widely castigated by the Twitterverse.  Jaceyla Jones was perhaps one of the best, reminding them that people had died.

After being roundly criticized, suddenly the OWS account seemed taken over by notices of how one could volunteer to help out Sandy victims, and posting on Occupy “volunteer efforts”. Still, they revealed  it was all about the politics, noting:

They then started praising themselves for their “rapid response” to Sandy, and attacked the Tea Party and government response.

When the FNC report by Baier then dared report some of the above tweets, this Anonymous account first called him a liar, saying that Occupy was helping victims.

Thereafter the following tweets recorded the effort to “dox” Baier and discussed what should be done to him. Click to enlarge:

This was then followed up with a post with his “dox” including phone numbers, home address, age and birthday. Citizen Journalist will not be linking to that dox page.

Here is a copy of the page with relevant info excised.

Anonymous@DBCOOPA has since scrubbed the first tweet about “ruining Baier’s life”.

HT @RichardRSmithJr for screenshot


“Anonymous” group claims to have planted a bomb in a government building to blow up on November 5th (Updated)

Here is the statement that they released.  which reads as follows:

Dear citizens of the world,
We are anonymous. As of today 200 kilograms of composite Nitroglycerin and commercial explosives have effectively been concealed in a government building, situated in the united states of America. on the 5th of November 2012 the device will detonate remotely via the transmission control protocol, leaving behind severe consiquences[sic]. We would like to advise that the contraption is built inside a tamper proof apparatus sensitive to physical intrusions or attempted disarmament, thus resulting in the desired effect, if the military grade device is found before the 5th of November. there is no intention, risks or circumstances what so ever to cause harm to innocent people, but we can not, say the same for the people who are the real terrorists, oppressors and war creators.
we are anonymous
we are legion
we do not forget
we do not forgive
on the 5th of November, you will expect us.

The release says it is from the group “@FawkesSecurity” and references “#OpV” which refers to the actions planned for November 5th (which harkens back to V for Vendetta and Guy Fawkes Day). Other videos and statements from other Anonymous accounts have called for actions in the streets on that day to help bring down the government.

Update:

Since the video hit yesterday, many in Anonymous have denounced it, asserting that they would not employ such tactics. Speculation about @FawkesSecurity ranges from “false flag” and “fed”, to “attention whore”.  The Youtube account is not one of the main Anonymous accounts, although it is connected to a bigger channel.

@FawkesSecurity appears to have been on the Anonymous scene since at least the end of last year. The twitter profile lists a Facebook to a private group, with the administrator supposedly a blonde woman from New York named “Jodie Rushforth”, which is likely false. There are several others listed in the grouping as well.

This group has claimed involvement in attacks on HSBC and on Twitter last week over the suspension of the account @Anon_Central. Other Anons are now disputing these claims.

The nature of Anonymous allows anyone to effectively claim to be a part of it. Yet this is not the first threat claiming to come from an Anonymous source. In February, for example, The Anon Message released a video, declaring war on the United States and calling for the destruction of the government, specifically noting this was not calling for a “protest” but a “call to arms”, again referencing #OpV and November 5th. That video has over 400,000 views.


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to meet with Occupy Wall Street in NYC (Updated with OWS response)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be in New York City to address the General Assembly of the United Nations on September 25.  He has regularly addressed the General Assembly once a year for the last seven years.  He represents the 120-nation Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) as its rotating President. His purpose in addition to the speech is to focus on “connecting to mainstream Americans including those who are part of the Occupy Wall Street movement”, according to The Hindu, quoting Fars, the Iran News Agency.  He plans on meeting with members of OWS as well as other “students, artists and intellectuals”.  He also plans on reaching out to the public through interviews with CBS, CNN and Russia Today (RT).  The delegation, guarded by 150 security personnel, will stay in Manhattan’s Warwick hotel, Fars News Agency is reporting.

Iran is just one example of the connection between Occupy/Anonymous and the Middle East, the confluence of some of the left in the US and the Muslim world, a connection which is based on a common enemy, the governments of the United States and Israel.  Many elements in Occupy are anti Israel, pro Palestinian for example, like Code Pink. Occupy actually invaded the Israeli consulate in Boston in November 2011, waving Palestinian flags and shouting “Long Live the Intifadah!”  The narrator in the video is Occupy and Code Pink member Dennis Trainor, who is also the VP of the Communication Workers of America (CWA) one of the biggest unions in the country.

More on the relationship between Occupy and Israel here.

Iranian government TV, Press TV, has long promoted Occupy in its media as an indication of the general public rising up against the evil US government.  In February, there was an Occupy conference held in Iran which Occupy representatives from the United States attended. Attendees included college professors and an Imam from Washington DC. This support was interesting, given the support Occupy and Anonymous lent to the Green Movement, protesting the government in Iran and the election of Ahmadinejad. But Occupy still serves the purpose, in Iran’s mind, of being disruptive to the US governmental entities.

Here is one video from that event:

Since then however, Occupy has lost steam and media, and Press TV, realizing Occupy doesn’t have the numbers or the effectiveness it was hoping for, hasn’t pumped it as much.

Ahmadinejad’s visit also comes at a time when hackers, alleged to be connected with Iran, have been cyber attacking the Bank of America, Chase and the NYSE this week as revenge against the US for sanctions, using the anti-Islam video as a cover.  According to some sources, these attacks have been happening since 2011.   Those with Occupy/Anonymous connections also appear involved in the recent attacks on the financial organizations.

Update:

OWS is now backing off this claim of a meeting. Buzz Feed, in an article by Rosie Gray, who has covered OWS at some length, ran the following statement from one of its members.

“Nobody in their right mind would meet with a fascist dictator like Ahmadenijad,” said Shawn Carrié, a longtime Occupy activist, in a direct message. “I think it’s been blown way out of proportion. There were some emails floating around on listservs about going to *protest* his appearance.”

“Anyway, it must be stressed that no one speaks for OWS,” Carrié said. “Any moron can go say they’re gonna go do something, but to say OWS meets with Ahmadinejad? That’s just ridiculous.”

Well, then he needs to take that up with the Iranian government, since this is part of their official press release of the trip.  According to Fars,

Ahmadinejad is also set to meet American university students, artists, intellectuals and elites, including Occupy Wall Street anti-capitalist protestors, despite the ongoing efforts made by the pro-Zionist lobbies to prevent direct link between American people and the Iranian president.

No one speaks for OWS (except apparently Mr. Carrié).  The problem with his response is that it doesn’t appear to explain the cosy position that Occupy has had with the Iranian govt news agency, Press TV, or any of the other information we noted above. Moreover, his response is interesting in that everyone in OWS can disclaim any action by another as saying “it’s not an officially approved action” as we have seen in multiple OWS cases, despite the fact of Occupy involvement.

For example, the San Francisco Mission district violence of two nights ago. Organized by Occupiers, sent out over Occupy hashtags, Occupiers participating, on Occupy livestream.  But because it might have blow back, “not an Occupy event”.

We shall wait to hear more, and continue to investigate if anyone meets with him or they have backed off.


Anonymous threatens Philadelphia’s Redevelopment Authority and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson

Ori Feibush didn’t like the trash in the vacant lot next to his coffee shop. So he spent about $20,000 to fix it up and install what is basically a “pocket park”, with fencing, trees and park benches.

Except Feibush had a small problem. The property wasn’t his. It was owned by the city who was not happy with Mr. Feibush and they are considering legal action against him.

Now all of this would just be kind of dumb, and one would think that some deal would be worked out between Mr. Feibush’s attorneys and legal counsel for the city.

Except Anonymous then entered on the side of Mr. Feibush. Claiming he was being treated unfairly by the city, they launched an “op” against the city, #opPhillyGovTrash – threatening to pay the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson “a visit” (~2:10).

A pastebin post contained further threats:

For seeking to take unwarranted punitive action against this small business owner, a member of the 99%, you have gathered the attention of Anonymous. This is not something you wish to do. We demand you immediately retract all claims of wrong doing by Mr Feibush and that you seek to arrange amicable compensation for his expenses incurred while doing YOUR job. Failure to do so is a terribly foolish move, and will not go unpunished. You have been warned.

 


4 Arrested in Anaheim

Four were arrested today in Anaheim, California in protests against the Anaheim police department because of officer involved shootings.

At least three of the four were from out of the area- from Escondido, San Diego and San Bernardino.

There were about 50 locals from Anaheim, who called themselves “We are Anaheim”. They kept away from the other protesters who included many from out of the area including people from Occupy Oakland, Anonymous, Answer LA, the PSL (Party for Socialism and LIberation), Socialist Workers Party and the Communist Party. There were at least three “Che” flags flying in front of the police station.

Pictures from the day from the Orange County Register (warning for grossness on last picture):

International Action Center (far left organization) and Socialist Workers Party signs

PSL and Revolutionary Communist Party signs

“Vote Socialism!”

Protester kissing horse poop on street


And one more time…

Anonymous declares war, again.

They called for revolt yesterday, but just to be clear, today they spelled it out more, that yes, they are calling for people to take up arms and overthrow the government.

Some have speculated that this may be about the fifth call on the people to war against the government.  For some reason, they just don’t seem to be getting the people to respond. Clearly, they think all that was needed was to repeat the call. Maybe people haven’t heard it enough yet.

There is something slightly more interesting in this call, though.

There is a clear outreach within the video to exploit anger and fear about Obama possibly removing guns, about Obamacare and about Obama Executive Orders.

Are they reaching out to the right, to the constitutionalist? It would appear so.

However, they fail to get that a constitutionalist would be the last person to follow them in their continued path to attack anyone who disagrees with them, the antithesis of free speech. Their sole purpose, just like Occupy, is to get folks into the streets, doesn’t matter how or why, just get them out there so they can revolt. Hence the ghoulish ambulance chasing of people upset about issues, like Trayvon Martin and the deaths in Anaheim.

One might have a concern about the growth or reach of the government. But I suspect constitutionalists will not be picking up this call anytime soon.