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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Matthew Keys, Reuters Reporter, Accused of Colluding With Anonymous to Hack the LA Times

Posted By on Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 4:10 PM

matthew Keys is accused of helping Anonymous - VIA TWITTER
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  • matthew Keys is accused of helping Anonymous

Matthew Keys, the deputy social media editor at Reuters in Sacramento, was indicted today for allegedly working with members of the hacktivist group Anonymous to help the anti-government organization hack into the LA Times and alter a news story.

According to the Department of Justice, the 26-year-old journalist and prolific tweeter was charged with one count of conspiracy to transmit information to damage a protected computer, transmitting information to damage a protected computer, and attempted transmission of information to damage a protected computer.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Occupy, Anonymous Plan to Screw Your Afternoon Commute

Posted By on Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 2:43 PM

  • Occupy Oakland via Twitter
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What could be more annoying than an Occupy or Anonymous protest? How about an Occupy and Anonymous protest together.

The two anti-government groups are planning a joint action at Fruitvale BART station at 5 p.m. today, which means you East Bay-bound folks best find another way home.

Anonymous says it's been way too long since its last weekly protest at BART, aimed to draw attention to the transit agency's heavy-handed police force. However, the only thing those weekly protests drew last year was a lot of anger from tired commuters.

In a recent letter to BART, the group again calls the agency's police force "unprofessional and violent."

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Anonymous Hacks Chinese Government Websites

Posted By on Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Anonymous, the global Internet hacking group, doesn't only dislike the American government, it has gone public with its disdain for the Chinese government as well. On Thursday, the group claimed it took down several government sites to protest China's austere Internet restrictions.

Anonymous China listed via Twitter the websites it says it hacked over the last several days, including government bureaus in several Chinese cities and Chengdu, a provincial capital in southwest China. As of last night, the government was still working to restore its websites, according to press reports.

Here's the message Anonymous left on one of the hacked Chinese sites --, a home page for Chengdu's business district:

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Anonymous Accuses Feds of "Fear-Mongering," Denies Plans to Attack Power Grid

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Anonymous hates banks, loves people
  • Anonymous hates banks, loves people

Earlier today, we gave readers a heads up that Anonymous could soon have the ability to wipe out our power grid, further screwing citizens. But after the National Security Agency released the news of this domestic threat, Anonymous sent out a tweet today calling the NSA's claims "baseless fear-mongering."

In short, the online hacking group might be many things, but "domestic terrorist" isn't one of them. So Anonymous is using the NSA's warning, which was communicated via the Wall Street Journal today, as another opportunity to reiterate its overall message: Don't trust the government.

Here are two tweets that came from a Twitter account associated with Anonymous:

The NSA's reprehensible fear-mongering and attempts to discredit are transparent and baseless.

NSA's alarmist rhetoric & fear-mongering is reprehensible. They should focus on the myriad of current security holes.

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Anonymous Could Wipe Out U.S. Power, Feds Say

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Anonymous could take power away from the people
  • Anonymous could take power away from the people

One thing Anonymous is really good for is embarrassing public agencies (BART) -- and their employees (Linton Johnson). But the National Security Agency is worried that the shadowy online hacking group will soon have the power to shut off our power via cyberattack.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting this not-so-public news that within the next year or so, Anonymous will have the ability to cause limited power outages across the United States by attacking the nation's power grid. The scariest part is that these hacktivists could align with governments that hate the U.S., such as Iran's, to wage this kind of destruction.

The good news is that the NSA says it would be no easy feat and "extremely difficult to orchestrate," which buys the government some time to figure out what the hell to do to prevent this.

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