'Anonymous' Launches Campaign Against Scientology


In what Tom Hespos calls "modern cyberwarfare" and "a significant social event ... people are going to be studying it for years to come," a group called Anonymous has targeted the Church of Scientology with, apparently, denial of service attacks, the downloading and publicizing of internal Scientology documents and a creepy video accusing the church of spreading misinformation, suppressing dissent and suing all who say negative things about Scientology. And we thought that Tom Cruise video was freaky.

Hespos characterizes Anonymous' as a new form of distributed online warfare which may involve illegal tactics but is near impossible to stop. He expands, writing, "if you think about this situation in the context of political systems, it's obvious that we're heading toward a world where tyranny of the majority is reality. In other words, organizational or individual rights won't matter as much as pleasing the masses such that they don't openly attack your assets in illegal ways. Call it hacker rule if you will."

Social warfare. Very interesting indeed. Though not exactly in keeping with this country's "we accept and love everyone" foundation.

by Steve Hall    Jan-25-08   Click to Comment   
Topic: Celebrity, Social, Strange, Video   

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The article makes the point that the internet can be used to disadvantage a web site or internet-using organization. Hackers have had a go at the U.S. Military web sites for years, of course. But this idea that a group might attempt to squash an organization's internet presence could bring about new law. I hope not, I hope they just lay off.

Posted by: Terryeo on January 25, 2008 3:23 PM

United as one, divided by zero.

Anonymous will prevail.

Posted by: Anonymous on January 25, 2008 7:01 PM

"we accept and love everyone" is a gross over-simplification that blatantly diregards social necessities. Freedom of religion gives every person the right to practice whatever religion they choose without legal reprecussions. It does not give organizations claiming religious bases the right to act free of consequences themselves.

Organized Churches have great influence and power in the world. Power is not a right, but a priviledge granted by those over whom the power is held. Indeed, THIS is the principle upon which this nation is founded. The Church of Scientology, not the belief system, but those who exploit it for personal gain, has abused its influence. In the vein of organized crime, they are responsibl for black-mail, extortion and, at the very least, deaths from negligence. They suppress their own followers and disallow access to outside information that critizes the Church. In fact, they are the only religion that actively supresses knowledge of their own beliefs until someone has already become an indoctrinated member, to the point of forcing the severing of contact with family members. These are the hall marks of a dangerous cult.

Anonymous may be using unsavory tactics in many cases, but the assault itself is not unjust. The Church of Scientology is a cancerous growth abusing the freedom granted in this country to suppress and restrict that right for others.

Posted by: Psychic Cupcake on January 25, 2008 11:22 PM

You'd think Tom Cruise has already done enough damage to Scientology's image that you wouldn't need an attack like this.. but the fact that it's still going on and people continue to throw this money into this cult means we need to spread the word of just how creepy this is. A brain-washing pyramid scheme is not a Religion.

Posted by: Best-Advertising-Blog-Eva.com on January 27, 2008 1:05 PM

you have just entered the very heart, soul, and life force of the internet. this is a place beyond sanity, wild and untamed. there is nothing new here. "new" content on 4chan is not found; it is created from old material. every interesting, offensive, shocking, or debate inspiring topic you've seen elsewhere has been posted here ad infinitum. we are the reason for "not safe for work". we are the anonymous army. cross us and you will fail. anonymous is everywhere. you depend on us every day. we bag your groceries, we fix your computers. anonymous sees you before you see him. sitting at desks around the world right now is a nameless, faceless, unforgiving mafia composed of the best of the best.

We are 4channers. the people devoid of any type of soul or conscience. products of cynicism and apathy, spreading those very sentiments daily. anonymous is the hardened war veteran of the internet. he does not forgive or forget. we have seen things that defy explanations. heard stories that would make any god-fearing, law abiding citizen empty their stomach where they stand. we have experienced them multiple times and eagerly await their return.

4chan is a place of sheer genius and utter stupidity, and there is often a thin line dividing the two. here you will see a state of mind that exists in most human beings, but is rarely if ever shown. this is a place where taboos do not exist. 4chan cannot simply be regarded as a simple website or imageboard. it is so much more than code. 4chan is alive and constantly changing. this is a subculture, a self-governing sect of the world. rich in history and foundation. to become a 4chan user is to speak a different language. to leave behind any methods of conventional thinking you once knew.

There are things here that you will not understand and things you never will understand. if you cannot accept this then GTFO now. because there is no turning back.

This is 4chan, this is /b/ "
Pretend there is a bar or gauge if you will. The pressure that this measures goes up every time you see scat porn or a snuff film. Every time you are rick rolled or see the internet uncover yet another corporate/government scandal. After you go through another flame war or download another movie. After every won CS game and WC3 tourny. After every photoshopped pic of an elephant ass raping a child whose blood flies through the air to land on an animated gif in just the right way to make you laugh in that way that makes 90% of the god fearing people of this world cringe or scream in disgust. I AM the internet. We are the internet. We are the 10-30 year olds who were raised on this stuff. The bnet kiddies who are growing up to be your best and brightest. We are desensitized. Nothing is sacred. Nothing holds meaning. Chuck Palaniuk never could have guessed what would happen if we didnt break free from corporate America.

Fox news, there is a future scarier than Fight Club. Your country club loving, yacht owning, fag hating patrons just can't imagine what they are facing.... you can't imagine the power we possess. We own the networks. We own the world. We are cruel not because we hate but because we don't care and the power that gives us is infinite....

Posted by: Demosthenes2010 on January 27, 2008 6:03 PM

Well, that was fine. You know, Thoth, you know what they said about thought...

sweating pants water buckets.

now get back to the regularly scheduled beauty of the beetle bub.

Posted by: beetle bushka on January 27, 2008 7:42 PM

We are the 10-30 year olds who were raised on this stuff.

Hey, some of us are over 30 -- really and truly oldfags.

Posted by: Anon on January 29, 2008 12:02 PM

"This is 4chan, this is /b/ "

Thanks a lot, you idiot. I can't wait for the wave of newfags.

Posted by: Anon on February 3, 2008 2:19 PM