It’s been a while since I updated this blog, mostly the reason was because i was too lazy. Then again with this Occupy India crap going on , I just couldn’t resist.
Before I begin, these views are my own and if you have a view that is completely different from mine, well I respect it.
I don’t deny the fact that the intentions of Anonymous are noble , but the point of concern is whether the top guys at Anonymous are noble enough to fight for such a cause. Well guess what? the answer is plain “No” . The first major reason is the LOIC(Low Orbit Ion Cannon) , a tool that is used by the Anonymous for their DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service Attacks) , Anonymous claims that the LIOC is completely untraceable. Before that , the way LOIC works is that , well think of a botnet , only here the user adds himself to the botnet voluntarily and the attacks are done via an IRC server which will be controlled by the main command of Anonymous. The LOIC makes no attempt to masquerade the IP’s of the users voluntarily adding to the botnet . Refer http://www.thepowerbase.com/2012/03/low-orbit-ion-cannon-exposed/ for more details regarding this. So , Anonymous’ claim that their users and untraceable appears to be a misinformation which takes the “noble” out of the cause which they supposedly fight for. So anyone voluntarily adding himself to the LOIC shouldn’t be surprised to get a visit from the law officials. The second reason is Operation Fahrenheit , where the leader of Lulzsec, an offshoot of Anonymous, Sabu turned into an FBI informer on the threat of imminent arrest and resulted in the arrests of other Lulzsec members.Then again, Anonymous is not just a single group, it is split across various regions. One can effectively argue that maybe Sabu narqed, maybe the rest of the Anonymous don’t narq. Only time will tell. Then again, creating misinformation on LOIC complements the fact that on the first sign of trouble, these people will eventually “speak”.
How is Wikileaks different from Anonymous?
Wikileaks showed us all what “true” journalism could do. I am amazed at my college’s motto “Progress through knowledge”. I never thought about it, eventhough it is primarily aimed at an intellectual level, it holds a lot of insight to our situation. The political system is an extremely complex one, the one in India the most complex IMHO. In order to truly progress , the citizens who are the only power in a Democracy need to be aware of what is “actually” happening in the political scenario. Apparently, there is no progress without knowledge and that holds true with respect to everything, not just on an intellectual basis. Granted that some things should be kept a secret like a nation’s weapons programme or stuff related to Nuclear research , then again Wikileaks never exposed leaks of those calibre. If you think Cablegate was a mistake, then you only have David Leigh and Guardian to blame who gave away the decryption key . But citizens surely need to be aware of the so-called War on Terror where innocent civilians are brutally murdered. Einstein was right, everything is relative. Thousands of people die in the twin tower bombings, the entire world called it the “most horrific act of terror” whereas millions of innocent men,women and children die in the so called War on Terror, nobody gives a damn. I am not trying to value one life over the other, I am merely stating that all life should be treated with the same respect that it deserves. Wikileaks, as itself achieves nothing, it just makes information free. If nobody in this world care about millions of people dying , then there is no use of Wikileaks. But if there are enough people willing to strive to change the situation, Wikileaks can change the world. Quoting V for Vendetta, “Alone, a symbol is powerless, but with enough people behind it, destroying a building can change the world” , similarly with enough people willing to act on the information provided, we can make the world a better place. Wikileaks never lost any credibility considering the fact Julian Assange never took the easy way out and was willing to take the path that stood in place with his ideals,the one Anonymous/Lulzsec never did, making Wikileaks and Julian Assange very different from Anonymous.
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