“We are Anonymous. We are a legion. We do not forgive. We do not forgot. Expect us.”
The above is how the group, Anonymous, describes itself. The group attracted widespread attention today following its claim to have hacked the official Twitter account of the National Broadcasting Corporation of Nigeria, NBC. The group had earlier issued a 72-hours ultimatum to the federal government to attend to the demands of the #EndSARS protester or it will disclose the secrets of the Nigerian government.
Who is Anonymous?
Anonymous is a decentralized team of international activist hackers “Hacktivists”. Anonymous is a “loosely associated international network”. A website associated with the group describes it as “an internet gathering” with “a very loose and decentralized command structure that operates on ideas rather than directives”. Well, in simplest of term, Anonymous is anonymous. The group identifies with the tagline “We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us”.
Who are it’s members?
The international group have it’s members from “literally all around the world” and has no head. According to ABC news, it’s an amorphous group of people that can include anyone who wants to use the brand to put forth their cause. Internet activist Gregg Housh, who was a former member, in an interview, noted that the group was conceived to be used and adopted by anyone. “The act of saying you are, means you are, that’s how little control anyone has over the brand.” Therefore, it has no face, no head, and almost no point of contact. Members, called Anons, include women, men, the young, the old, and people of different races and nationalities.
What does Anonymous do?
They seek justice and fight for human rights through hacking. They have been associated with high-profile Internet attacks on governments, religious groups, major corporations, and financial institutions. Anonymous is known to “vigorously go after its targets”. Basically, they crash Web servers, and are involved with website defacement and leaking hacked private information. Because Anonymous has no leadership, no action can be attributed to the membership as a whole. When they have to speak, they mask their voices through voice changers or text-to-speech programs when they must speak.
Today, the group caused an outrage on social media after making some Pro-SARS tweet through the official handle of NBC.
They went as far as asking Nigerians the official websites they will want to be hacked. See reactions by Nigerians below.