Internet Hackers: Anonymous

This article talked about the recent arrest of 25 people in the loose-knit hacker group called “Anonymous” that were arrested in Spain, Chile, Colombia, and Argentina with the help and information from Interpol. The people who were arrested were “suspected of planning coordinated cyber-attacks against institutions including Colombia’s defense ministry and presidential Web Sites, Chile’s Endesa electricity company and national library, and other targets”. During these arrests authorities seized a total of 250 different mobile phones and information technology equipment. Four of the people arrested were a part of the attacks on the Spanish political party websites who had defaced the websites, put up data online about the police, and carried out “denial-of-service” attacks. Anonymous has no real structure to it and the different members all have different principles for why they hack. While Interpol has done a lot to aid in these investigations, Interpol itself cannot arrest or investigate anything, “it facilitates intelligence sharing to help police forces around the world work together” only.

This was an interesting article to read after reading about the South African e-Government initiative. One of South Africa’s main challenges it faces and one of the things it is most worried about as it implements it’s e-Government is security. Clearly, this article on Anonymous is proof that South Africa’s worries are real. While organizations like Interpol can help them investigate hackings into their e-government, it is ultimately the responsibility of South Africa to catch and deal with hackers, as Interpol can do nothing more than provide information. This means that the South African police force and investigative units need to be ready and trained in such activities as the country goes further with it’s e-government. Another interesting part of the article was when it said that Anonymous responded to Interpol on twitter by saying “Interpol, you can’t take Anonymous, it’s an idea”. I found this to be interesting because I think it’s something that every country beginning to implement e-government needs to think about. There is no way to completely get rid of or avoid hackers; they will always exist. Instead of focusing attention on trying to avoid them, the country needs the right people and structures in place to find and stop each source of hacking when it starts and deal with the perpetrators.


3 responses to “Internet Hackers: Anonymous

  • jessalynkunz

    I’ve been hearing a lot about Anonymous over the past month or so.They are such an interesting group and it is obvious that they are instilling a sense of fear into many governments around the world. With ability to access government information and the ability to manipulate systems on the internet, they wield a lot of power. I like that you connect what’s happening with Anonymous with the South Africa’s e-government goals. Since South Africa is still in its intial development stages for the program now is the time to take measures to protect against groups like Anonymous.

  • Does Anonymous Pose a Threat to Cybersecurity? | ICT4D @ Tulane

    […] This week’s topic of discussion was one of my favorites by far- Cybersecurity and hacking. Before reading the two articles discussed in class, and listening to our guest lecturer Ralph Russo, professor at Tulane University in the Homeland Security Program, I was not fully educated on cybersecurity and its threat to human individuals. When thinking about ICT4D I never thought cybersecrurity and hacking would apply as greatly as it really does. What really intrigued me about Professor Russo’s talk was when he mentioned the use of applications on mobile phones, and if they are a means to promote a cyber attack. This really got me thinking, everything is run by technology: every means of transportation, food stands, banking, water industries, etc.  In connection to developing countries, not having a cybersecurity plan can be detrimental to that countries success and can lead to further impoverishment. However can hacking also be beneficial to social welfare of individuals?   In regards to hacking and cybersecurity, I recently read an <a href=”″>Article</a>by Dave Smith in reference to the hacktivist group  Anonymous. ( To learn more  about this group please read brookekania  post  Internet Hackers: Anonymous). […]

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