Anonymous surprised us all by ending 2011 with a lulz-filled bang full of leaks, md5 hashed passwords, and compromising thousands of insecure and poorly encrypted- and by that we mean not encrypted at all- credit card numbers and donated the stolen cash to charitable foundations.
The target? Stratfor Global Intelligence, a Texas-based security and intelligence firm that provides analysis on international affairs and “security threats”. They have several high profile clients including the United Snakes Defense Department, Lockshit Martin, and Bankster of America.
The purpose of this article is to not recap what has already been common knowledge for the past few days, so if you are not up to date with the most recent online carnage then check this shit out before preceding.
For everyone else who has been keeping up with this story, it quite obvious that the mainshit media is doing what it does best by avoiding what the actual intentions of the hack was. Most have completely ignored the fact that supposedly 3.3 million corporate emails corresponding with major multinational corporate entities along with intelligence and surveillance industries are going to be released sometime in the next few days.
The last time Anonymous obtained a metric fuck-ton of emails was this past February when they hacked into the online security firm HBGary Federal and obtained CEO Aaron Barr’s person and corporate emails. This resulted in Barr resigning and the unveiling of a conspiracy to discredit Wikileaks and activist organizations in support of them.
Arm The Homeless participated in the crowd-sourced into the HBGary emails with Project PM, which is headed by journalist Barrett Brown. You can review the information that was uncovered here.
Based on Anonymous’ track record of really shaking shit up and the high profile clients of Stratfor, especially Bank of America and the Defense Department which Anonymous has roughed up a bit in the past, you can see why we bloggers and semi-journalists are excited to see this potential treasure trove of dirt on the biggest capitalist gang bangers in the world.
If this massive leak is as juicy and lulz-filled as we think it is, what will it mean for the intelligence and surveillance industry? For one, it will allow us to see what techniques, methods, and software they are using on us. This will give us the ability to find a way to get around these peeping toms and be safe in the thought that the State or some pig-fucking corporation isn’t logging every link we click and post.
This email dump will also provide us with the evidence and conviction we need to go after these fuckers full force. We’ve known for a while that Bank of America was a piece of shit, but when HBGary was hacked and we found out their plans to undermine Wikileaks, it sent shock waves throughout the media. The reputation of BoA continued to degrade as the Occupy protests began to take over every major city square.
We will know exactly who is doing what and how they are doing it. If we don’t like it, then we have the justification to fuck their shit up. Once we gather the information found in these emails, we can then go back on the offensive against those who we found were doing shady shit and get their emails, passwords, credit card numbers, etc.
This hack can potentially set off a chain reaction as the information in these compromised emails become known and as SOPA continues to slowly creep into law. With the Occupy protests slowing their gears for the time being, that momentum can be recaptured with what comes to light with these revelations; reigniting a fire that has been reduced as a result of the winter weather and violent police repression. We can bring this fight to cyberspace, to the streets, and back online; constantly on the offensive and changing tactics when needed with all the tools and methods at our disposal both legal and illegal and violent and nonviolent. We need a multi-varied solution to a problem that is multi-varied. We need it all.
Information has become our most valuable tool and our most powerful weapon with Anonymous being our greatest ally. We are engaging in a new kind of warfare; an information war. The victor will not be the one with the biggest gun or the mightiest army. Rather it will be the side that has the most information on the enemy as to how to best undermine them. We must have ninjas in the dark and internal void of the interwebz and boots on the ground in the street to combat our enemies; our enemies being those who wish to exploit humans/non-humans for person gain, profit, and control and who are willing to extinguish our rights and liberties to do it.
Our most popular post ever on our last Internet venue was “Why We Need Anonymous More Than Ever”, and those words still stand true today. Not all of us have the technical skills and the computer know-how that give us the ability to unlock the secrets of the world online, we leave that job up to Anonymous and all underground entities fighting for truth, justice, and freedom on and offline.
We salute you all.
Arm The Homeless will be analyzing and posting our findings on this blog once the emails are released. We will also be working with Barrett Brown and Project PM to optimize our investigation.
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