The site of the Victoria’s Human Rights Commission was hacked by a group claiming to be part of Anonymous. The site was blocked and displayed a gibberish manifesto until it went back online.
Is Anonymous Legion?
The nonsensical message on the hacked page claimed to be a part of Anonymous. Here’s an excerpt:
“1. We are AnonPlus – Anonymous and this is our manifest.
2 . Any person who wants to defend its freedom of information, freedom of the people and the emancipation of the latter from the bondage of the media and those who govern us, who we use as a tool to implement its dirty purposes, is already part of Anonymous.
Every person who has the will to act is welcome.
We are at war.
3. AnonPlus has a space to share ideas and recruitment open to all. [link to an anonplus site]”
Anyone can join Anonymous, but shouldn’t there at least be a basic English test? The site was back online shortly after that.
“Hackings are something that we’re just going to have to deal with”
That’s the mindset of this generation. BSS covers hacks like this on an almost daily basis, and we don’t even scratch the surface. Sites get breached so often that it makes the news only when it’s a big breach like the one of Yahoo or Dropbox.
The problem is more psychological than anything. People usually don’t bother fighting threats they can’t see. Grasping the dangers of cybersecurity is pretty difficult but very important. It happens so often that it seems somewhat inevitable. But it isn’t.
There are many ways to protect data. Encryption seems like the most obvious one, but there are also storage and cyber-security software solutions.