(LiveHacking.Com) – Since the mascot for the Anonymous hacking group is a stylised mask of Guy Fawkes, a member of a group of provincial English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605; and since today is November the 5th, the night British peoples traditionally celebrate the failed plot by lighting bonfires and setting off fireworks; and since it has said as much, the Anonymous hacking group is planning multiple hacking activities today.
And it looks like it has already started. ZDNet is reporting on claims circulating by hackers, some connected with Anonymous – and some not, of dumped user and employee account information on accounts from PayPal and Symantec. There are also reports of defacements of Saturday Night Live’s website and Australian government websites.
According to the various Twitter accounts related to Anonymous, today could see more hacks and database/document dumps. News of hacking spree is is being published on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Pastebin.
The November the 5th protests are focusing on the emerging TrapWire and INDECT technologies, both of which are designed to collate data and predict or find criminal behavior. Very much like the supercomputer depicted in the ‘Person of Interest’ TV show INDECT, a research project being carried out by several European universities, aims to automatically detect criminal threats through processing of CCTV camera data streams, while TrapWire is meant to be a ‘counter-terrorism’ technology designed to find patterns indicative of terrorism attacks. It was mentioned by WikiLeaks as software that facilitates intelligence-gathering citizens, using surveillance technology, incident reports, and data correlation from law enforcement agencies.
Anonymous is calling people n the UK to march on The Houses of Parliament (albeit peacefully and unarmed). It says that this is the centrepiece of a worldwide operation of global strength and solidarity, a warning to all governments worldwide that if they keep trying to censor, cut, imprison, or silence the free world or the free internet they will not be governments for much longer.
As part of the activities Anonymous has claimed to have breached The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization with a mandate that includes issues such as arms control and the promotion of human rights, freedom of the press and fair elections.
Due to timezones, Anonymous Australia seems to be the most active at this time.