Most law enforcement agencies seem to have a hard time figuring out what the Anonymous hacktivist collective is all about.
Most tend to summarize Anons as either a traditional covert organization, with members organized into cells to prevent data leaks, leadership that is kept secret to avoid prosecution.
That's how botnets are organized, not Anonymous.
Even members of the media – a semi-coherent collection of individuals roughly corralled into bunches whose only common purpose is to keep from getting fired in order to make a living while preventing the bosses from realizing most would probably work even without being paid – also seem to have trouble grokking organized anarchy in both Anonymous and the Occupy movement.
Anons spend a lot of time trying to figure out who the "they" are in the non-group they have non-joined, though it's sometimes hard to tell if they're celebrating anonymity or creating icons that help make their own images of the movement more concrete.
I don't claim to get it, either. The text in the links below is mine, so it represents only the interpretation of Anonymous by an outsider.
The images are theirs, posted by various Anons within the last few weeks, at least partially to represent the pictures they have of Anonymous, of themselves and of the reasons they do what they do:
- Conviction Conversion;
- Mission statement;
- The nail that sticks up;
- Being misunderstood;
- Being reasonable;
- Protest: It's 'like unliking things in person;'
- Power structure;
- Ill wind;
- Creating perceptions;
- Choosing a face;
- Self aggrandizement;
- Whimsical self aggrandizement;
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