Is Anonymous Crumbling from Within? Ex-Anon Hacker Speaks Out

Paul Lilly

Maybe if Anonymous practiced what it preached and actually tried to right and/or expose the wrongs of the world, the organization would have a few more fans. Even WikiLeaks, with its controversial posting of confidential documents that could prove a security risk, has its supporters outside the organization who believe the good outweighs the bad. But Anonymous' haphazard approach to disrupting the online world and playing judge, jury, and executioner at the expense of innocent bystanders has managed to ruffle some of its own feathers.

Anonymous hops from target to target, exposing the personal information of users and members of whichever organization or company it has a beef with. The most recent example is San Francisco's BART , and that could turn out to be the proverbial straw that breaks Anonymous' back.

CNet's Eric Mack says he's received several Twitter messages from supposed Anonymous members who don't support what Anonymous did. The incident was enough to drive one Anonymous hacker to quit the group.

"Over the past few months things inside Anon have changed," former Anon hacker 'SparkyBlaze' wrote on Pastebin . "I am mostly talking about AntiSec and LulzSec. They both go against what I stand for (and what Anonymous says they stand for). AntiSec has released gig[abyte] after gig of innocent people's information. For what? What did they do? Does Anon have the right to remove the anonymity of innocent people? They are always talking about people's right to remain anonymous so why are they removing that right?"

SparkBlaze is so fed up with Anonymous that he decided to remove his mask of anonymity, at least partially. He revealed that his name is Matthew and that he lives in Manchester, U.K., but stopped short of offering up his address and phone numbers "because I know I will have pizzas and prank calls to my house (that in itself is more proof that you are all kids)."

CNet spoke with Matthew about the BART incident and asked if that was what ultimately made him decide to jump ship. Matthew said it was one of the factors, but his biggest beef with Anonymous is "putting people's data online and then claiming to be big heroes." He also admits to supporting several hacker attacks, including "some unethical ones that I am not proud of... but, I have never exposed people's data. I want to be clear on that."

Matthew's parting post offers up advice for several sectors, such as imploring governments to stop arresting the kids and go after the leaders, and to members of Anon, who he encourages to "quit while you still can."

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