Monday, August 24, 2009

We Are Anonymous, We Are Legion, and We Will Penetrate Your Love Cave


So yesterday I posted an entirely throw-away item that made the rounds like wildfire over the weekend. It's a screenshot of a woman's public Facebook profile, on which she seems to have accidentally written a rather detailed messsage that was ostensibly supposed to have remained private, describing a particularly good sexual encounter (specifically, being mounted by a "strong and powerful man").

Well, like all good stories, there's a twist. Turns out the whole thing is the work of the merry pranksters at 4Chan.org -- many of whom were also responsible for the "Anonymous" internet attacks on Scientology back in February of last year -- and was aimed at embarrassing various fundamentalist Christian Facebook users.

From The Next Web:

"It seems as though some of message-board site 4Chan.org’s elite has managed to acquire a list of Christian Facebook users and quite possibly their passwords too. In doing so, they’ve hacked a number of accounts, posted a number of extremely embarrassing photos and messages to Facebook walls, and then continued to comment under the shares – pretending to be the actual account owner.

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It has been confirmed that at least one Christian university has had their server hacked and usernames and passwords stolen. It’s quite likely that many of these passwords are the same passwords used on Facebook, making it very easy for hackers to access the site.

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The list of leaked usernames and passwords is real and we have a copy. The list contains a list of email addresses and their passwords. Incidentally, the list appears to have originated from a Christian dating website.

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We managed to get hold of a folder full of similar screenshots of not just Facebook profiles, but email accounts and other social network profiles too. 4Chan, or whoever is definitely responsible, really went to town here. Some of the images posted are incredibly graphic and the language used used awful. There’s definitely some elements of humor involved, it is 4Chan after all, but many people are going to have a lot of explaining to do."


A look at some more of what 4Chan's been doing with the information it swiped reveals that it included sending e-mails to the family members of its Christian victims, supposedly from the person targeted, declaring that he or she has turned gay and is abandoning God. Oh, and ordering sex toys.

See for yourself.

I'm never sure what to make of the 4Chan kids. On the one hand, I've so far loved almost every high-profile internet prank they've pulled and agree with who it's been aimed at.

But, man, would I ever want to get on their bad side?

Hell no.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pretty sleazy and just wrong, even if the targets deserve it.

If they stuck to things like Scientology, they might get away with it or people would look the other way.

It seems like they are spoiled brats looking for attention.

Going after public figures is one thing...going after private individuals is another matter.

gina said...

oh, 4Chan, you scamps :)

Suzy said...

can't wait to hear what BOW says about this...

Snuggiepants said...

I really don't want to blame the victim here, but this is why you should have a very strong password and a unique password everywhere you go. Not the same one on every site, not an easily guessed one. Too many people do that.

Erin said...

Well, fuck. Heading to change my password now, just in case they hack into the server to my Catholic college. Perhaps they'll take pity on me once seeing my "Religion" status as "bullshit."

Annie UhOh said...

While I agree that these people should be better about their own passwords, this is just not cool, man. It was one thing when they were after the big bad Scientologists, but this is just a bratty thing to do and totally undermines whatever they were trying to do initially.

Doc said...

I'm glad you're keeping up with the 'love cave' phrase! Really, I think that's got legs to go full meme.

As for your dirty streak comment from before, girlfriend..I could tell you stories. But won't. :)

replica said...

An especially effective attack, given the fact that it is far easier to ruin a life through digital media than it would have been even ten years ago. This stuff doesn't go away, and even if you could still count on people to utilize some common sense and display some critical thinking when they receive 'evidence' like this, you cannot count on a future employer to do the same. Total wreckage.

I agree - I certainly wouldn't want to get on their bad side, and while I credit myself as a person they wouldn't target necessarily, if they are going for such huge umbrellas like 'Christians', well are the Jeff Goldblum fans safe? I need to know.

And lastly - wouldn't it just sadden you to your very toes to think that it's all about a few fourteen year old savants who can't get any dates in L.A.?

abu said...

2008 - The dog ate my homework
2009 - 4Chan fucked my facebook

Muskrat said...

I thought the Facebook page about Tracy was hilarious.