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Is Anonymous Going Mainstream Following Website Funding? 101

Posted by samzenpus
from the official-anonymity dept.
DavidGilbert99 writes "For a completely online movement, the lack of an official Anonymous website is certainly strange. The reason, according to Anonymous itself is down to the lack of a hierarchical structure. However, one Anonymous-linked group could be about to change all that, having succeeded in securing $55,000 in funding for a website. Is this the beginning of Anonymous going mainstream? From the article: 'The @YourAnonNews (YAN) Twitter account has over one million followers and has leveraged its popularity to successfully raise over $55,000 (£34,000) through a crowd-funding campaign on the Indiegogo website. The funding drive was established to allow those behind the YAN account to set up a website of its own which will allow it "to collect breaking reports and blog postings from the best independent reporters online."'"
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Is Anonymous Going Mainstream Following Website Funding?

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 22, 2013 @12:18PM (#43516271)

    The idea of an official Anonymous anything is absurd.

    And for an unofficial Anonymous site, there's 4chan.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Is it just me or does this seem like the dumbest idea ever, about as smart as an Al Qaeda cell setting up a plainly signed recruitment office next door to MI5's headquarters?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I headdesked when I read it up to "official Anonymous website".

      That guy claimed MY money, check my username - I'd go and sue him for that but I don't have enough guts for this :(

    • by Xest (935314)

      You know Al Qaeda does actually have a media wing and publishes a regular magazine called "Inspire" right?

  • by mw13068 (834804) on Monday April 22, 2013 @12:24PM (#43516345)
    ... it just happens to have other people's content on it sometimes.
  • by danbuter (2019760) on Monday April 22, 2013 @12:24PM (#43516349)
    The cybercrime division of the FBI is the very first subscriber, remarkably enough.
    • As well as a large number of the members.
    • Fox, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS are the next five.

    • hey, it would be nice as a misinformation site...or better yet...a honey pot for law enforcement online accounts/personas

    • Subscriber? For all we know, it's the anonymous FBI who set up that web site and the FBI who anonymously donated most of the money to itself. It certainly wouldn't be that difficult for them to pressure an existing anonymous member to do their bidding, or to set up their own anonymous identity among other anonymous members just for a couple of months before volunteering to set the web site up.

  • Stupid (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 22, 2013 @12:24PM (#43516355)

    This is probably the most stupid thing I've ever seen in my life. And I used to go to church...

  • by drwho (4190) on Monday April 22, 2013 @12:33PM (#43516433) Homepage Journal

    An Anonymous website...the whole point is there can be no single website. This project is a bunch of posers, and it will be DoSed as soon as it goes up. In any case, 4chan is about as close to an Anonymous web site as is wanted, needed, or possible.

  • by B1oodAnge1 (1485419) on Monday April 22, 2013 @12:55PM (#43516625)

    Anonymous went mainstream circa 2007. Anyone thinking anything different has no understanding of what is actually going on.

  • "That's excellent! Now that they're a legitimate public entity, they can be sued! That gets them out of criminal court, and into profit court err I mean civil court."

    I can hear the excited clicking of Mont Blanc pens now...

    • "That's excellent! Now that they're a legitimate public entity, they can be sued! That gets them out of criminal court, and into profit court err I mean civil court."

      I can hear the excited clicking of Mont Blanc pens now...

      I tire of this game. There are many heads. This one you may sever from the hydra, and carry back to your town as a trophy. The trumpets will welcome you as a returning hero, but anyone with half a mind will know the truth of this day.

  • by Peer (137534) <rene@@@notfound...nl> on Monday April 22, 2013 @12:59PM (#43516685) Homepage

    In a similar case somebody ran of with the server and donations:
    https://encyclopediadramatica.se/Why_We_Protest_Forums#11.2F29.2F08_The_Day_Enturb_Stood_Still [encyclopediadramatica.se]

  • Misdirection (Score:5, Insightful)

    by sstamps (39313) on Monday April 22, 2013 @01:10PM (#43516785) Homepage

    Anyone who thinks that this represents or is backed by the core activists who are part of the collective is, well.. a fool parted with their money.

    It would paint a massive bulls-eye target on anyone associated with it, pretty much saying "here I am, come get me!".

    • by spekode (2904101)
      Anyone who thinks that anonymous needs "core activists" doesn't understand anonymous. That is the idea, isn't it? Decentralization? These anon are as legit as those anon. Wait, are you anon? This is misinformation and I swallowed it hook, line 'n sinker!! AHHH!
      • by sstamps (39313)

        Yeah, I wasn't so much defining a membership group as delineating the ones who do from the ones who talk.

  • the wi-fi is free, but your disk gets examined on the Tors.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    i thought they already had one called 4chan...

  • I can set them up with a wordpress site for free!
    (I would think they know how to 'secure it', hardy har har)
  • of LOIC attacks from anonymous.

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe