Anonymous Under Attack From Anonymous

By Colin Tan on May 10, 2011, 11:40PM EDT
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A report from Financial Times says that Anonymous' own website, AnonOps.net which lists discussion groups for activities, have come under attack from within. Security experts and veterans of the loosely organized group note that this is evidence of a divide within the group.

Usually used to organize attacks on websites and other online services, AnonOps.net has been vandalized with vulgarities, login names and internet addresses of over 500 individuals who have participated in Anonymous raids.

"Maybe this was due to happen. Anonymous has been surprisingly functional over the last months. It wouldn't last," said Mikko Hypponen, chief security officer of anti-virus firm F-Secure.

According Gabriella Coleman, an NYU professor who is studying the group, Anon's technical resources, which include hosting online chats, were controlled by several "administrators." Apparently, some of these admins claimed that a rebellion was taking place within Anonymous through other sites as well as Twitter.

"We are profoundly sorry for this drama, and we can't give you an estimate on when service will resume normally," said a message left by five individuals known as "the 'Old' AnonOps netstaff."

Veteran members of the group had previously claimed that individuals within Anonymous were indeed responsible for the attack on Sony's networks.

Perhaps Anon will be "working around the clock" to get their services back up and running. Meanwhile, Sony's released a sitrep on PSN, saying that restoration will "likely" take a few more days.

Source: Financial Times

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