While the identities of Lulzsec and Anonymous hackers baffled the world’s security forces, journalist Parmy Olson managed to gain extraordinary access to the groups, leading to this fascinating accountIt is perhaps a little hard to remember now, but in 2010, there seemed to be a new global superpower. A superpower that acted in unorthodox ways, which was unaccountable and yet of the people, and that was above all nameless, faceless and, as it styled itself, Anonymous.Born of the internet, it acted most decisively and effectively when it was the internet itself that was threatened. One of its earliest, most successful operations came a matter of days after WikiLeaks published the embassy cables and found its source of funding cut off after PayPal, Visa and Mastercard refused to take donations on its behalf.Parmy Olson, an Anglo-American reporter with Forbes and the author of We Are Anonymous, describes what happens next. Up until that point, Anonymous was a “brand of internet users known for pranking restaurant managers, harassing paedophiles and protesting the Church of Scientology”, but the attacks on WikiLeaks turned it political.Hundreds of people flooded its chatrooms and its operators directed them to download a piece of software that they could …read more

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