Anonymous Blames Arrests on Snitches

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Anonymous boasts of itself as being a loose collective, a patchwork of mixed, at times conflicting ideals, sans leadership. It seems to work well for them! Except this nebulousness also lets in pretty much anyone. Including the cops.

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MSNBC reports the recent rash of Anonymous arrests, spanning Spain and South America, can be traced back to a single chat room. And this chatroom, like pretty much all of Anonymous' chatrooms, were ripe for monitoring:

In the communique released on its blog, Anonymous Iberoamerica said the 25 [arrested] were snared not through "inteligence work or informatics strategy" but rather through "the use of spies and informants within the movement."

Anon faces a tricky balance here. Its power to swarm websites with DDoS attacks and recruit new talent capable of more sophisticated assault relies on a big, swinging open door. But this same nonexistent door policy means a great deal of the group's communication and planning is available to anyone who wants to see it. Most participants use commonplace methods to encrypt their identities, but as we see, at least 25 didn't.

As long as you can navigate IRC—and most of you can—you're in. This means Anon's chatrooms are packed with eager subscribers—and a few eager feds. [MSNBC]

DISCUSSION

If there is one thing I truly hate it would be any SNITCH other wise known in my Circle as a RAT.

This type of scumbag gets a special place to be sent to.NOTE: I did time at Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary in the 80's for Drugs and a Low-Life SNITCH was the reason why.To save his own skin as he was Arrested he went around buying little bits of drugs from around 16 people who them were all busted and sent to Jail, ETC.

I refused to Co-Operate and so had the book thrown at me.

If you can't do the time then don't do the crime.