While most Americans are still in shock over the recent report of NSA monitoring of internet searches, internet hacker groups such as Anonymous have already launched the first shots in an all-out internet war against the US Government.
Last night, hacktivist group Anonymous released a cache of internal Government documents from 2008. The files describe the initial stages of the PRISM spying program, and outlines key information on the DOD’s plan to monitor and control online info.
Anonymous said in a press release that, “These Documents prove that the NSA is spying on you…(as well as) the citizen of over 35 different countries.”
While the documents themselves do not provide much new info on PRISM, they do prove that the Government has actively supported the program for over five years. Such evidence will make it near impossible for any Government official – especially Barack Obama – to claim ignorance in regards to the program.
Anonymous frequently hacks the websites of organizations that attempt to limit internet and social freedom. However, the fragmented and leaderless design of Anonymous makes it hard to declare any hard motives for their attacks.
The Recent NSA news isn’t the only thing that’s gotten under Anonymous’ skin. This week, police arrested a member of Anonymous, Deric Lostutter, for his actions regarding the Steubenville rape trial. Lostutter was the man responsible for leaking numerous social-media documents which helped indicate two men as guilty. These documents included a number of tweets from the two, incriminating photos, and a 12-minute video featuring the two men joking about the rape.
If found guilty of his hacking crimes, Lostutter will serve up to ten years in prison. The two convicted rapists, in contrast, fact up to two years in a juvenile facility.
Anonymous commonly notes that they “Do not forgive, and they do not forget.” With fallout regarding the NSA and Deric Lostutter continuing to grow, who knows what their next course of action will be.