Anonymous Explains CIA Takedown

It took a few days, but a representative of Anonymous (as far as there is such a thing) has given Gizmodo a manifesto of sorts, explaining Friday's DDoS attack against the CIA.

Their statement, unabridged, below:

Citizens of the World,

We are Anonymous.

We are people. Just like you. We are not robots, we are not inhuman.

We are human. We are everyone.

That being said, We also have the capacity for the same errors of judgement and mistakes that everyone does. We are committed to improving the lives of everyone on this planet by whatever means we deem necessary, because we feel that if we have to take action to righta wrong, its gone on entirely too long.

If that is indeed the case, it has probably been ignored by the people who should've delt with it. Those people have much higher budgets and significantly larger resource pools, than what we have available. All we have is each other.

For good or bad. Some use the Anonymous name to try to "Profit!" off of it, some use it for nefarious reasons, and we've even seen some use it to try to get laid. Regardless of the reason its used, we are united under common goals, for the common good.

There are projects we are working on that cannot be discussed, as to do so would impact them negatively, and significantly. However, even those of us working for good, sometimes make very bad, rash and ill-thought out decisions. Such is the case of one individual who shall remain anonymous. We will leave it at this.

To the CIA: We are sorry your website is down. It was not the intended purpose of our actions, however, in doing so we have created a way more significant amount of attention to a situation that goes unnoticed far too often. Six compromised servers containing child pornography are activly DDOSing your webserver.

We cannot stop this, we have no access to them, due to the fact that the network link is entirely saturated and we cannot log back in. It will stop 41.6 days after the time it began. Your only choice is to act, and have them taken offline, which should have already happened.

We are Anonymous.

We are legion,

We do not forgive,

We do not forget.

You should have expected us...

That last paragraph is the most interesting, and provides both a motive and explanation for the strike. The anti-pedophile rationale jibes with the statement we were given while was down -- and now we have more technical information, confirming that child pornography servers are (or were) indeed being used to DDoS the CIA.

Their site is up at the moment, so the attacks have either ceased or been blocked by the agency. Either way, if the statement is accurate, we can only hope that the porn servers involved have been handed over to the proper authorities. Not exactly the CIA's purview.

We'll have to wait and see if anything further happens within that purported 41-day window, or if the show's already over.



    As far as child exploitation is concerned, the offenders need to be physically castrated, and branded across the forehead! Problem is, people (read the law and gossips) often make mistakes and drag innocents into the foray, thus brandishing them in such a way that they are tarred and feathered for life! When we act on these circumstances we need to be very careful of the facts! Lets hope Anon are so careful!

    What if anon were never represented by youtube videos? What if absolutely no one spoke for them?

    What if they just DID, and not have to explain their actions?

    I think they would be taken a lot more seriously, and would actually be feared if that was the case.

    I just can't take them seriously whenever one of these videos pops up stating their "motives" and slogan - like some sort of organised religion.

    Or maybe i'm misunderstanding the definition of "anonymous"

      Beneath the cancer its about 25-40 people that are responsible for most actions, but there are thousands that claim to be "Anonymous". They dont mind this as it hides them in numbers, but the true inner legion does not bother to publisize their actions, they leave that to the thousands that cant do much else. And contrary to popular belief Anon's are Anonymous to other Anon's and have no control over other Anon's. these statments and videos are not "offical" as there is no such thing. We are a loose collection of nobody.

      We are Anonymous.
      We are legion.

      Thats because the original Anonymous videos were something of a joke that got out of hand. but do be aware that anyone can call themselves part of the group known as Anonymous. So don't believe every mission statement from them.

    they should stop posting statements like this, they should act in the shadows away from scrutiny. they are neither good or evil they are anonymous

      Anonymous is anyone that doesn't have a title, and essentially they are giving themselves a title, thus becoming a name on the street, and defeating the purpose.

      They are actually just activists that don't want to publish their names, but still want some sort of recognition.

    modern day heroes man!

    At least they're doing something. Far better than most of us can muster.

    "People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of its people" - V

    You say as you will. Yes there is Anonymous, and then there is us, the Anons and we will defend and cover for our Anonymous as long as it takes for real change to take effect in this world. SOME Of us Hack and SOME of us stand in the streets and cry publicly for change because we must. Either way, The Anons will Defend the Anonymous to the death. You cannot stop change, it is inevitable and lets face it, without anonymous, where would we be?

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