Anonymous – Weekly Content Round-Up

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Anonymous news headlines in this week's round-up.

Choosing to be anonymous in certain instances is one way to protect your identity, but still exercise commentary about opinion without consequence. Sometimes anonymity is used for good and sometimes it’s connected to bad. Either way, having the option mask identity is important. Here’s a round-up of headlines that look at how anonymous actions have played out this week around the web.

Anonymous may have hijacked thousands of routers for zombie botnet

By Joel Hruska for Extreme Tech

Recent news reports are speculating that hacktivist entity Anonymous has started using malware-injected home routers in conjunction with DDoS attacks aimed at specific targets. The MrBlack infection has been spreading since December 2014 and it’s suggested that login and passwords are updated as a result.

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“One interesting facet of the MrBlack infection is that infected routers have been tasked with spreading their infection to other devices. At least some of the routers scan for open SSH ports and then attempt to access them using default credentials.”

Owner of Anonymous Hackers-for-Hire Site Steps Forward

By Matthew Goldstein for The New York Times

Well-known website Hacker’s List matches hackers up with individuals for a fee and to carry out activities that may not necessarily be legal. Cyber security groups and consultants have openly chided the site for its operations and until now the site’s owner has remained anonymous. But, why has this person chosen to come forward and shed the veil of anonymity?

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“The verdict is still out on whether Hacker’s List, which started in November, will work as a business. The propensity is for people to use it as a way to search for hackers willing to break the law as opposed to doing legitimate online investigations and surveillance.”

Yik Yak’s Founders On The Value Of Anonymous Apps

By Sarah Perez for TechCrunch

At times the popular anonymous messaging app Yik Yak has been associated with cyberbullying, but its also been discussed as a valuable means of communication when used properly. Founders of Yik Yak discuss the importance of anonymity and how their app promotes it.

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“But the founders believe that anonymity, when done correctly, can have value – especially in today’s ego-driven age where popularity is counted by likes and favorites and other trackable metrics across social services.”

Anonymous Jets fans put up #TomShady billboards in New Jersey

By Newswire for Fox Sports

Deflategate has dominated sports headlines for the past month and NFL fans continue to be outraged by investigation results surrounding the incident. Choosing anonymity to exercise the right to free speech some passionate folks have taken to posting their frustrations on outdoor boards.

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“Twelve billboards that refer to the disgraced quarterback as “#TomShady” went up all over Jersey Tuesday morning. The signs also feature the famous “J-E-T-S Jets! Jets! Jets!” rallying cry.”

Lilly Ledbetter, Barack Obama and the famous ‘anonymous note’

By Glenn Kessler for The Washington Post

The Lilly Ledbetter Act began with an anonymous note that Ledbetter received, which contained the salary that she was receiving from her then employer along with the salaries of her male counterparts. Ledbetter’s was far less than what the men were making. What happened next has become a part of history and legislation, but it began with an anonymous letter.

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“In an interview, Ledbetter said that the note “gave me the assurance that what I suspected, and was afraid of, was correct.” She said that because of the note, she was motivated to file an EEOC claim.”

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