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Anonymous Launches #OPIsrael in Response to Israel’s Live-Tweeted Attack on Gaza

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Yesterday, the Israeli Defense Force announced on Twitter it would begin military operations on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. Though social media has long been used as a tool of dissent that can help foment revolution, declaring war on Twitter is a first, and it’s a move that raises serious questions about war and propaganda in the age of the internet. Now Anonymous, the loose collective of hacktivists, has set its sights on the IDF, launching #OPIsrael in response to the country’s decision to shut down internet service in Gaza. Read More

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Hackers Claim They’re Holding Mitt Romney’s Tax Returns for Bitcoin Ransom [Update]

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Hackers do a lot for epic lulz, including trolling a credulous public in love with stories about improbable, Mission Impossible-worthy hacks. So we are skeptical of The Daily Dot’s article about anonymous (we don’t yet know if that word should be capitalized) Pastebin posts claiming GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney’s infamously withheld tax returns have been snagged by hackers and are being held for ransom.

The authors of the Pastebin missives say Mr. Romney’s returns will be released to the public on September 28 unless the hackers are given a Bitcoin ransom equal to $1 million in U.S. dollars.

In case you think the Mission Impossible allusion is hyperbole, just read how the Romney tax return kidnappers claim they snagged the documents: Read More

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Pastebin, Website Popular with Anonymous and LulzSec, Now Being Used by Occupy Wall Street

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The New York Times has an interesting article today about how Pastebin.com, a site that lets you store text for a set period of time without registering your identity, was used by Occupy Wall Street, particularly in its “anarchic” early days. You know, before it set up a media tent and started publishing its own Wall Street journal.

What the Times doesn’t mention, however, is how Pastebin, which was first set up to store snippets of code, subsequently became a haunt for IRC, with hacker groups like Anonymous and LulzSec following. In fact, when someone purporting to be an Anon threatened a “Day of Vengeance” as part of Occupy Wall Street back in September, the “press release” was found on Pastebin. Read More