Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec and Anonymous

Friday, June 08, 2012

Parmy Olson talks about her investigation into the hacker collectives Anonymous and LulzSec, and she tells the full story of the global cyber insurgency movement, and its implications for the future of computer security. We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency is an account of how a loosely assembled group of hackers across the globe pulled off digital assaults, tortured and eluded the feds, and how some hackers were eventually brought down.


Parmy Olson

Comments [11]


Many of the comments by people here make me wonder... when the next revolution takes place in America, on which "side of the fence" they will be on...

Jun. 08 2012 01:15 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

'Pack bullying' and criminal behavior.

Jun. 08 2012 12:43 PM
John A.

Wonder when Poole himself thinks 4chan will be taken down.
The thing always strikes me as forever on the razor's edge of major illegality.

Jun. 08 2012 12:39 PM

Wouldn't it be better if they could harness their energy and smarts to actually do something positive?

Jun. 08 2012 12:35 PM
Daniel from NYC

I'd like to point out that a hacker, in the classic sense of the term, is someone with a strong interest in how things work, who likes to tinker and create and modify things for the enjoyment of doing so. For some, it is a compulsion, while for others it is a means to an end that may lead them to greater understanding of something else entirely. The RFC 1392: Internet Users’ Glossary defines “hacker” as:

A person who delights in having an intimate understanding of the
internal workings of a system, computers and computer networks in
particular. The term is often misused in a pejorative context,
where “cracker” would be the correct term. See also: cracker.

The Jargon Wiki’s first definition for hacker says:

A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary.

Jun. 08 2012 12:33 PM
Anon from USA

I have to laugh at the characterization of 4chan as some kind of secret dark part of the internet. It is actually quite refreshing because it allows people to voice their TRUE feelings without the ever present surveillience of facebook and the hundreds of other datamining companies out there. If you want to know what people say to close friends and family when no one is around try You find that folks reject the critical theory propaganda from all sources from pious NPR to lowbrow FOX. It's understood that we see through it.

Jun. 08 2012 12:23 PM
GW from Manhattan

OMG This is soooo scary ! What if...they hack my facebook account! they put a monkey head on my body ... my life is ruined .. They are doing it every day ... my friends and family can't control them selves and keep looking at it till they are driven to ruin...I am ruined... and all over some obscure webpage ...
Big they hack me .. so what ... stop trying to scare me with all these "nightmare scenarios"
you know they can do the same thing with a copier and post the monkey head photos all over town ...

Ill turn off my computer and watch TV ...

Jun. 08 2012 12:20 PM
John A.

One way to understand the humor of 4chan: the Harvard and National Lampoon from the 1960's and 70's. Utterly uncensored by feminism for sure. It would be a "Man's last stand" if it weren't for the fact that its constituents are probably all 14 - 24.

Jun. 08 2012 12:20 PM

I'd like to point out that there are many other sub boards on 4chan besides /b/ that have nothing to do with porn or gore. There are worksafe boards that discuss TV, comics and cartoons, cooking, travel, and other stuff.

You actually can get IP banned for posting NSFW images on many parts of the cite. /b/ represents unbridled freedom of speech. It should also be noted that the people posting funny cat pictures and cute images are not separate from the gore/porn crowd. 4Chan just lets people express extremes that we all have - curiosity of taboo subjects and cutesy stuff we might get ridiculed for liking in real life (My Little Pony anybody?)

Jun. 08 2012 12:17 PM

Wasn't this narrative already explored by a "fabulist" who worked for "The Nation" magazine; I think his name was "Glass"?

Jun. 08 2012 12:15 PM
John A.

Thx for this segment, it's going well so far, but please explain this line from your description: "how they were eventually brought down."

Jun. 08 2012 12:11 PM

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