Anonymous Hacks Department Of Justice! But Does It Really Matter?

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Happy

These kinds of attacks are horrific and I'll tell you why. They're horrific because #1 They don't get any actually useful information that tells us what the heck our government is doing without our knowledge or permission (even Bradly Manning wasn't able to get high level stuff). #2 So for the reward of basically nothing (no useful info about our government) we get a lot of bad publicity about government which government then uses to propose laws and crackdowns and new regulations and stiffer penalties, etc. etc. etc. so that we get even more oppression. And all this oppression for the high high price of: NOTHING!

These unwise "hackers" are just giving the government more of an excuse to crackdown on the people it's supposed to be serving and representing. And they're not accomplishing anything worthwhile in the process.

THAT'S why these kinds of stupid attacks (which get publicity) are the worst.

Think about it.

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dswanick

This strikes me as the electronic equivalent of shoplifting some Big Macs from McDonald's.

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mhouston100

Except the fact that they still DID hack a DOJ server, regardless of what it was. It was just 'lucky' for the DOJ that it was a fairly innocuous part of the network.

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TerribleToaster

You act as though:
A. The DOJ keeps large amounts of critically sensitive information just moments away from the internet.

and

B. They are going to put the same effort into protecting such information as they did this trash.

There is no such thing as luck. Only skill, money, and preparation. Anon put in a sub par effort and got sub par results.

On a side note, I'm getting weary of Anon acting as though they were the equal of a (or rather any) world government in terms of power.
I worry that the spend too much time stroking their own egos and have forgotten that at the end of the day, they are only a group of mediocre hackers and script kiddies. They ever actually try to push hard and shove their ego down the throat of some one with actual power and they'll end up learning what taking it from behind really means.

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Brad Chacos

Hey, TerribleToaster, long time no post. Good to see you.

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TerribleToaster

I've been working/lurking/my computer exploded.

It's nice to be back.

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Danthrax66

Honestly I think this could just be a teaser of what they really have access to. They could be aggregating the actual data for release later, or for a bigger plot.

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The Second Comi...

Chicken Pants offers free advice: news is never as good nor as bad as first reported.

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Happy

Well put, well put.

There's a quote that says basically the same thing. Wish I could remember exactly how it went.

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firefox91

"It just goes to show, folks, that the electronic boogeymen propped up by the media tend to be full of hot air"

Ummm Brad? You ARE that media you speak of. You write for a media outlet and MaxPC seems to have an article about Anon every time one of them farts.

Anon is a joke. They claim their actions and goals is to expose the government and corporations. They claim to represent the people. Yet they hack the databases of these organizations, get the personal data of those people, and post it out on the internet for everyone to have free access too. Next thing you know your tax return got rejected because someone already filed it for you and got your refund. Meanwhile the government is still corrupt and that corporation is still screwing people.

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tekknyne

C'mon Brad, let's just add Anon to the list of groups pissed off at our corporate-controlled government and call it a day. Sounds like you're butt-hurt because one of these guys hacked your mom's FB account :) Likewise, there's no need for all the filler like "Anyone can say they're an Anonymous hacker" because, well that's just obvious.

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Brad Chacos

Nah, I'm actually fairly indifferent/neutral about Anon. Just pointing out that a lot of the focus is being directed at the wrong places and probably encouraging script kiddies to do something that earns that them a jail sentence or two.

As for the filler, don't worry about it -- I'm not paid by the word! :-) And it's only obvious if you know it already, just to trot out another filler cliche.

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I Jedi

This reminds me of the time that a group claimed to hack the CIA when in reality all they did was hack the public page of it - nothing big. As with Anonymous, they frequently try to show their might, such as when they said they were going to take down the Internet a few weeks back, yet I'm still here ranting about them. Besides, what's their end goal, any way? To expose how corrupt our government is? We already know that. How about being useful for a change and doing something that matters than getting a few emails and some crime statistics next time.

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Joji

I fully agree with you. Instead of emails, they should figure out a way to hack China's mega firewall. Now that's helping the world.

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Sty

How would that be helping the world exactly?

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Happy

You're kidding, right? The country with the world's largest population, a population that happens to be incredibly oppressed. You don't think it would be a powerful thing if someone was able to crack China's firewall and put in a wedge so the crack in the dike couldn't be closed and then all of China's people would soon learn how oppressive and f-d up their government is? You don't think they'd overthrow their government and set up a democracy in its place? You don't think that would radically change both our relationship with China AND the whole world?

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Sty

Your reply is one of the most stupidest I have seen in my life.

That is all.

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streetking

I think the fact that you said "most stupidest" (I got shivers just typing that) forfeits your right to comment on others' intelligence.

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Sty

I speak 4 languages, and English is my weakest. How many do you know, idiot?

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slibinz

I think the average Chinese citizen is well aware of how corrupt their government is, they're just far too fearful and powerless to do anything about it.

Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine that if your brother came onto MaximumPC.com and posted that "The U.S. government is evil and corrupt", and then your brother disappeared in the middle of the night a couple days later...what would you do?

I'd say that for a small percentage of us, that would steel our resolve to fight and protest even harder, but sadly, for the vast majority of us, that would just make us tremble with fear and keep our mouths shut.

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Sty

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