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Operation Payback: "The first great cyber war"

category international | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Friday December 10, 2010 20:56author by Anonymous - Anonymous Report this post to the editors

Hello World. We are Anonymous. What you do or do not know about us is irrelevant. We have decided to write to you, the media, and all citizens of the free world at large to inform you of the message, our intentions, potential targets, and our ongoing peaceful campaign for freedom.

We Are Anonymous,

We Are Legion And Divided By Zero.

We Do Not Forgive Internet Censorship.

And We Do Not Forget Free Speech.

We Are Over 9000.
Operation Payback: "The first great cyber war"
Operation Payback: "The first great cyber war"

Operation Payback (is a bitch), this is the Internet, we run this. An open message from Anonymous to the governments of the world and their legal leeches regarding the motivation of the cyber protests against ACTA lawyers and those who threaten freedom of speech online.

Corrupt governments of the world, we are anonymous. For some time now, voices have been crying out in unison against the new ACTA laws. The gross inadequacies of the new laws being passed internationally have been pointed out repeatedly. Our chief complaint is that such measures would restrict people's access to the internet.

In these modern times access to the internet is fast becoming a basic human right. Just like any other basic human right, we believe that it is wrong to infringe upon it. To threaten to cut people off from the global consciousness as you have is criminal and abhorrent. To move to censor content on the internet based on your own prejudice is at best laughably impossible, at worst, morally reprehensible.

The unjust restrictions you impose on us will meet with disaster and only strengthen our resolve to disobey and rebel against your tyranny. Such actions taken against you, and those you out source your malignant litigation too, are inevitable, unavoidable and unstoppable.

A Letter from Anonymous - Our Message, Intentions, and Potential Targe

"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves."
- Abraham Lincoln

"He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither."
Benjamin Franklin

Hello World. We are Anonymous. What you do or do not know about us is irrelevant. We have decided to write to you, the media, and all citizens of the free world at large to inform you of the message, our intentions, potential targets, and our ongoing peaceful campaign for freedom.

"True, This!
Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword. Behold
The arch-enchanters wand! itself a nothing!
But taking sorcery from the master-hand
To paralyse the Csars, and to strike
The loud earth breathless! Take away the sword
States can be saved without it!"

- The Cardinal
Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy by: Edward Bulwer-Lytton

The message is simple: Freedom of Speech. Anonymous is peacefully campaigning for Freedom of Speech everywhere in all forms. Freedom of Speech for: The Internet, for journalism and journalists, and citizens of the world at large. Regardless of what you think or have to say; Anonymous is campaigning for you.
The recent news of our campaigns has been, at best, misinformed. Anonymous is not always the same group of people. The Constitution of the United States is said to be a living document, because it can be edited, amended; changed at the will of the people to suit the peoples' needs. In that same vein, Anonymous is a living idea. Anonymous is an idea that can be edited, updated, remanded, changed on a whim. We are living consciousness. We are not a terrorist organization as governments, demagogues, and the media would have you believe. At this time Anonymous is a consciousness focused on campaigning peacefully for Freedom of Speech. We ask the world to support us, not for our sake, but for your own. When governments control freedom they control you. The Internet is the last bastion of freedom in this evolving technical world. The Internet is capable of connecting us all. When we are connected we are strong. When we are strong we have power. When we have power we are able to do the impossible. This is why the government is moving on Wikileaks. This is what they fear. They fear our power when we unite. Do not forget this.

"...Now, we must all fear evil men. But there is another kind of evil which we must fear most, and that is the indifference of good men."
- Monsignor, Boondock Saints

Anonymous' intentions are very clear. We are not vigilantes, regardless of the sentiment of quoting Boondock Saints, we are people on a campaign for freedom. Anonymous' intentions are to change the current way the governments of the world and the people view true Freedom of Speech and The Internet. Anonymous is willing, ready, and able to campaign for the freedom for all. We are campaigning right now as you read the news, watch the television, fight with your
significant other, love your children, hate your neighbor, criticize the man or woman next to you. We are campaigning. The goal is simple: Win the right to keep the Internet free of any control from any entity, corporation, or government. We will do this until our, proverbial, dying breath. We do this not only for our selves, but for the world and its people at large.

"Truth is treason in the empire of lies."
- Ron Paul

Pay attention citizens, governments, and the world. Anonymous' peaceful campaign will focus on any organization, corporation, government, or entity until the Internet is truly free.
Anonymous is doing what many successful campaigns have done in the past; a sit-in. It may be hard to comprehend, but a digital sit-in is our most effective method to show that all of us deserve Freedom of Speech and a free Internet. Our methods may appear, on the outside, to be cruel to those the entities that we are campaigning against, but remember buy supporting censorship they are denying everyone a basic human right. Any person, corporation, government, or miscellaneous entity that stops supporting censorship and starts promoting Freedom of Speech and a free Internet will become our allies. Anonymous, at this time, wants to persuade our counterparts rather than hurt them. We are campaigning for freedom for everyone, even the opposing side.
Do not fear us. Anonymous' campaign does not intend to harm the individual citizen, any organizations, any websites, or government, that supports true freedom of speech. Anonymous' past is not our present. We are here for all of you; to campaign for all of you. Where others have made this promise and failed; we make this promise and aim to keep it for everyone.
Anything attributed, credited, or tagged to Anonymous is not always what we do. We arenot always the same consciousness on a yearly, monthly, or even hourly basis. Do not believe everything you hear or read on the news. Anonymous is often credited with actions that are not campaigned for by Anonymous. The true core of Anonymous is here to help the free world for now. Anonymous wishes to represent the truth and ask that you as a citizen, media organization, or government do the same.

Article from the Guardian (WikiLeaks: Who are the hackers behind Operation Payback? ) states:

But who, or what, is or are Anonymous?

A 22-year-old spokesman, who wished to be known only as "Coldblood", told the Guardian that the group which is about a thousand strong is "quite a loose band of people who share the same kind of ideals" and wish to be a force for "chaotic good".

There is no real command structure in the group, the London-based spokesman said, while most of its members are teenagers who are "trying to make an impact on what happens with the limited knowledge they have". But others are parents, IT professionals and people who happen to have time and resources on their hands.

The group has gained notoriety for its attacks on copyright-enforcement agencies and organisations such as the Church of Scientology.

Anonymous was born out of the influential internet messageboard 4chan, a forum popular with hackers and gamers, in 2003. The group's name is a tribute to 4chan's early days, when any posting to its forums where no name was given was ascribed to "Anonymous". But the ephemeral group, which picks up causes "whenever it feels like it", has now "gone beyond 4Chan into something bigger", its spokesman said.

And in the BBC, along with an audio interview it reports (Anonymous hacktivists say Wikileaks war to continue):

Coldblood, who is not an official spokesperson for Anonymous, told the BBC that "thousands" of people had joined up in what he described as a "war of data".

"We are trying to keep the internet open and free but, in recent years, governments have been trying to limit the freedom we have on the internet," he said.

Anonymous "Operation Payback": VISA & PayPal Hit! Anonymous' Twitter Account Suspended!

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Operation Payback

Operation Payback on TWITTER

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The internet's cyber radicals: heroes of the web changing the world | Technology | The Observer

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Operation Payback: WikiLeaks Supporters' Cyberattacks Target Online 'Enemies'

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Operation Payback: wikipedia

BBC News - Today - 'This is a war... a war of data'

Anonymous hacktivists say Wikileaks war to continue

VIDEO - San Francisco (US) Anonymous July and Wikileaks

Law experts say WikiLeaks in the clear (ABC)

WikiLeaks are a bunch of terrorists, says leading U.S. congressman (Mail Online)

Cyber guerrillas can help US (Financial Times)

Amazon drops WikiLeaks under political pressure (Yahoo)

"WikiLeaks avenged by hacktivists" (PC World):

US Gov shows true control over Internet with WikiLeaks containment (

US embassy cables culprit should be executed, says Mike Huckabee (The Guardian)

WikiLeaks ditched by MasterCard, Visa. Who's next? (The Christian Science Monitor)

Assange's Interpol Warrant Is for Having Sex Without a Condom (The Slatest)

Operation Payback: Facebook BANNED Our Page (HUFF POST)

Anonymous: Cyber Radicals
Anonymous: Cyber Radicals

Operation Payback participants in Valladolid, Spain
Operation Payback participants in Valladolid, Spain

Enemies of Wikileaks taken out: Mastercard, Visa, Sweedish government website
Enemies of Wikileaks taken out: Mastercard, Visa, Sweedish government website


Caption: Operation Payback: "The first great cyber war"

Caption: Operation Payback - Anonymous Message About ACTA Laws, Internet Censorship and Copyright

Caption: Anonymous vs Scientology

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Tis the Season of DDoS WikiLeaks Edition     DDoS-er    Fri Dec 10, 2010 21:13 
   V for Vendetta (where all those funny masks come from)     V    Fri Dec 10, 2010 21:33 
   I don't count all this kerfuffle as the 1st cyberwar - or cyber diplomacy by other means.     .:. ipsiphi    Fri Dec 10, 2010 23:11 
   "The cyberwar has begun." Manuel Castells     V    Sun Dec 12, 2010 22:13 
   Italy Indymedia have already set up a mirror for WIKILEAKS     WIKILEAKS mirror    Sun Dec 12, 2010 22:25 
   WikiLeaks: schedule, ammo, swarm...     WikiLeaks tribe    Sun Dec 12, 2010 23:06 
   Facebook is presently experiencing site outages. Pity as it had wished to brag "TIME" person of yr.     .:.    Thu Dec 16, 2010 21:34 
   Norwegian newspaper claims to have complete unencrytped cablegate...Leaks leaked will they leak?     .:.    Wed Dec 22, 2010 21:53 
   Pro-Wikileaks hacktivists bring down Fine Gael website     ANONYMOUS    Wed Jan 12, 2011 19:50 
 10   15 January: Anonymous urges global day of action in protest at attempts to close down Wikileaks     ANONYMOUS    Sat Jan 15, 2011 10:26 
 11   Cyberwar link to stuxnet sting     opus diablos    Mon Jan 17, 2011 12:59 
 12   ANONYMOUS interview with Irish Times, via internet chat     ANONYMOUS    Mon Jan 24, 2011 16:25 
 13   Wait for the made up "leaks".     The Encryptor.    Tue Jan 25, 2011 09:47 
 14   False Leaks are alive and Well.     Ahmed.    Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:01 
 15   ahmed     opus diablos    Tue Jan 25, 2011 12:14 
 16   The leakers of leaks.     Ahmed    Tue Jan 25, 2011 12:22 
 17   The Ems Telegram and the First Cyber War.     History Student.    Tue Jan 25, 2011 12:54 
 18   thin air     opus diablos    Tue Jan 25, 2011 13:12 
 19   Irish Passports.     Ahmed    Tue Jan 25, 2011 13:40 
 20   past Mossad???     opus diablos    Tue Jan 25, 2011 14:03 
 21   Anonymous: Operation Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt     ANONYMOUS    Wed Jan 26, 2011 18:47 
 22   WikiLeaks releases Egypt cables + Police arrest five over Anonymous WikiLeaks attacks     ANONYMOUS    Fri Jan 28, 2011 15:12 
 23   Egyptian government ordered service providers to shut down all international internet connections     Revolt in Egypt    Fri Jan 28, 2011 18:44 
 24   A weakness in the system.     Computer Engineer.    Sat Jan 29, 2011 17:06 
 25   How Twitter engineers outwitted Mubarak in one weekend     online guardian reader    Sun Feb 06, 2011 11:56 
 26   You can take down 3G Twitter as well.     Engineer.    Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:22 
 27   stopnato are     opus diablos    Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:42 
 28   @ Ahmed re: passports     feudal castrato    Sun Feb 06, 2011 14:58 
 29   Wrong, wrong and wronger     Contrarian    Mon Feb 07, 2011 00:10 
 30   context and perspective, Contra..     opus diablos    Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:42 
 31   arrests of Anonymous in Spain and Turkey     anon    Tue Jun 14, 2011 09:17 
 32   Spain: Anonymous takes down National Police website #OpPolicia     Anonymous    Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:13 

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