WBEZ | Anonymous http://www.wbez.org/tags/anonymous Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Hackers hit government site, threaten 'chaos' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/hackers-hit-government-site-threaten-chaos-105172 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/anonymous-ussc-hacked-3-620x349.png" alt="" /><p><p><em>Four things (plus!) for Monday, Chicago:</em></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.zdnet.com/us-sentencing-website-hacked-into-video-game-asteroids_p3-7000010385/#photo"><img alt="Hacked government site (ZDNet image)" src="http://cdn-static.zdnet.com/i/r/story/70/00/010385/anonymous-ussc-hacked-3-620x.png?hash=BQEyAQAuLm" style="width: 300px; height: 169px; float: right;" /></a>&#39;THIS TIME THERE WILL BE CHANGE, OR THERE WILL BE CHAOS.&#39;</strong>&nbsp;That&#39;s been the warning from the &quot;hacktivist&quot; group Anonymous over the weekend, as it&nbsp;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/anonymous-hacks-us-sentencing-commission-distributes-files-7000010369/">took control of the U.S. Sentencing Commission website</a>&nbsp;-- not once but twice, the second time <a href="http://www.zdnet.com/anonymous-re-hacks-us-sentencing-site-into-video-game-asteroids-7000010384/">turning it into a version of the old arcade game &quot;Asteroids&quot;</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;-- to protest what it calls a &quot;twisted and distorted perversion of justice,&quot; which it blames for the suicide of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/why-did-the-justice-system-target-aaron-swartz-20130123" target="_blank">Chicago-born Internet activist Aaron Swartz</a>.<br />* New rule outlawing smartphones&#39; unlocking (so they can be used on other carriers) is &quot;<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/01/the-most-ridiculous-law-of-2013-so-far-it-is-now-a-crime-to-unlock-your-smartphone/272552/">The Most Ridiculous Law of 2013</a>&nbsp;(So Far)&quot; --&nbsp;<em>The Atlantic.</em><br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://gigaom.com/2013/01/27/the-perfect-murder-how-facebook-will-kill-the-phone-as-we-know-it/">Facebook could kill the phone as we know it</a>&nbsp;--&nbsp;<em>GigaOM</em>.</p><p><strong>&#39;PUBLIC BROADCASTING FINALLY SACKS UP AND HIRES A REAL MAN WHO WILL TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT OBAMA.&#39;&nbsp;</strong><em>Wonkette</em> examines <a href="http://wonkette.com/498660/public-broadcasting-finally-sacks-up-and-hires-a-real-man-who-will-tell-the-truth-about-obama">a controversial hire by Georgia Public Broadcasting</a>.<br />* In one interview, Obama says he <a href="http://www.newrepublic.com/article/112190/obama-interview-2013-sit-down-president">might not let his son (if he had one) play football</a>.<br />* And in another, he and Hilary Clinton get along &quot;<a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/obama-clinton-end-marriage-of-convenience-with-60-minutes-lovefest-20130127">like an old and happily married couple</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>&#39;<a href="http://jimromenesko.com/2013/01/24/at-cnet-morale/">PEOPLE ARE PISSED OFF</a>.&#39;&nbsp;</strong>An insider says CNET staffers aren&#39;t swallowing parent company CBS&#39; decision to ban coverage of products targeted for legal action by CBS.<br />* New WBEZ ad campaign urges listeners to &quot;<a href="http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/make-babies-urges-saucy-public-radio-campaign/">Make Babies</a>&quot; -- for the &quot;2032 Membership Drive.&quot;<br />* Nice emails sent by <a href="http://deadspin.com/5979052/all-the-nice-emails-we-got-from-our-moms-after-publishing-our-manti-teo-story">the moms of the reporters who cracked the Manti Te&#39;o story</a>.<br />* Departing New York Times editor <a href="http://paidcontent.org/2013/01/24/new-york-times-editor-to-take-75000-twitter-followers-out-the-door-with-him/">takes 75,000 Twitter followers with him</a>.</p><p><strong>YOU&#39;LL GET A CHARGE ...&nbsp;</strong>A legal settlement between credit card companies and merchants means that, as of yesterday, sellers are free to tack up to <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Business/credit-card-fees-effect-sunday/story?id=18316310">4 percent extra onto your purchase price</a> if you choose not to pay with cash.</p><hr /><p><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong><br />* See that Comments space below?&nbsp;</em><em>It&#39;s waiting for you to weigh in.&nbsp;</em><em>What about those Anonymous guys? Are they heroes, or just vandals? Should the president get busy and have a son? Should he let him play football? Wouldn&#39;t it be nice to see a young Barack Obama Jr. ante up for WBEZ&#39;s 2032 Membership Drive?</em><br /><em>* Get the latest from WBEZ by email.&nbsp;<a href="http://services.chicagopublicmedia.org/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&amp;SURVEY_ID=13561">Sign up here</a>.</em><br /><em>* Soundtrack for preparation of this issue:&nbsp;<a href="https://soundcloud.com/wbez/from-the-archives-aaron-swartz">WBEZ&#39;s 2001 interview with Aaron Swartz</a>,&nbsp;then a visionary&nbsp;14-year-old.</em></p></p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/hackers-hit-government-site-threaten-chaos-105172 Chicago man accused of cyber-attacks in collaboration with Anonymous members http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-man-accused-cyber-attacks-collaboration-anonymous-members-97028 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-06/Hammond, Jeremy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A Chicago man was charged Tuesday of computer hacking in collaboration with five other people aligned with the activist group Anonymous.</p><p>Federal prosecutors accuse Jeremy Hammond of stealing the credit card information of nearly 60,000 clients of Strategic Forecasting Inc. (Startfor), a global intelligence firm. Prosecutors say Hammond went by the name "anarchaos," among other online aliases.</p><p>A federal complaint alleges Hammond posted that information on a file sharing website resulting in at least $700,000 worth of unauthorized charges. The complaint also said Hammond helped obtain emails from Stratfor employees and put them on certain Internet websites.</p><p>The whistleblower website Wikileaks started publishing emails from Stratfor in February. The website says it has nearly 5 million emails obtained from that company. It's not completely clear whether those emails are the ones prosecutors allege Hammond obtained by hacking into Stratfor's servers.</p><p>Hammond appeared in federal court in Chicago on Tuesday after being arrested the night before. He will be transferred to New York to stand trial.</p><p>Attorney Jim Fennerty represented Hammond in his initial Chicago court appearance. Fennerty also represented Hammond about two years ago when he was arrested for protesting at a Neo-Nazi gathering. He also confirmed Hammond had been detained for his opposition to Chicago’s bid to host the Olympic Games, though Fennerty didn’t represent Hammond in that case. Fennerty said he knows Hammond through his activism in Chicago. "I like the guy. Maybe he does things I wouldn’t do," said Fennerty.</p><p>Hammond is charged with three federal counts and faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years for each of those counts.</p><p>"He does take them [the charges] very seriously. As you saw him today he looks kinda like - somebody said he looked kinda shell-shocked," Fennerty told reporters Tuesday.</p><p>Another four hackers were charged with similar counts in an indictment unsealed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. A fifth hacker, Hector Xavier Monsegur, pleaded guilty last August. Monsegur is described in court papers as the ring-leader of the Anonymous sub-group LulzSec. Federal agents said Monsegur cooperated with the FBI in their investigation.</p></p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 20:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-man-accused-cyber-attacks-collaboration-anonymous-members-97028 Daily Rehearsal: The most influential theater critics in America http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-01/daily-rehearsal-most-influential-theater-critics-america-93656 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-01/theaterloop.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1.&nbsp;Raven Theatre&nbsp;has gotten a grant from NEA</strong></span></span>&nbsp;to host <em>The Big Read</em>, a program "designed to restore reading to the center of American culture." This means they'll have events like&nbsp;read-a-thons, book discussions, lectures, movie screenings, and performances. This time around, the choice is<font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></font></font><em>Sun, Stone, and Shadows: 20 Great Mexican Short Stories,</em> edited by&nbsp;Jorge F. Hernández. The Kick-off party is November 19 at the Rogers Park Chicago Public Library, and <em>The Big Read Big Show</em> will be December 6.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong>2. Jennifer Lim&nbsp;is getting fair praise </strong></span></span>ever since the production of <em>Chinglish </em>moved to Broadway. <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203554104577001900772520474.html?KEYWORDS=Teachout"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em> said</a>, "This is Ms. Lim's Broadway debut, and she's a knockout, tough, smart and sexy. She's more than a match for <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-28/daily-rehearsal-non-look-new-laugh-factory-93571">Mr. Wilmes</a>, who seems to think that Ohio businessmen talk like Garry Shandling."&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. There are some heated comments about Shakespeare</strong></span></span> <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2011/10/28/shakespeare-exposed">over at the <em>Reader</em></a>; they follow Tony Adler's piece about <em>Anonymous</em>, the new movie that heavily aligns itself with the Oxfordian theory (that Shakespeare was actually the 17th Earl of Oxford). I love how this dude who has been dead for ages is still causing so many problems.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-01/W2Mimagewithcredits.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 219px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Remember <a href="http://www.adventurestage.org/pages/walk_two_moons/195.php"><em>Walk Two Moons</em></a></strong></span></span>? Did you grow up in the 90s? Do you have children who grew up in the 90s? You know allll about Sharon Creech then. Personally, I was more of a fan of <em>Chasing Redbird</em>, though why I have no idea. Anywho, the main character Sal "ultimately realizes that things - and people - are not always what they seem" through her journies. Because if you walk a mile in another man's shoes, you'll know them, remember? It opens this weekend at Adventure Stage.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Missed this last week</strong></span></span>, but <a href="http://tcg.org/publications/at/nov11/critical_juncture.cfm">here's a list of 12 of the most influential theater critics in American theater</a>, and you've guessed it, Chris Jones is right there in the midst of it all. Jones describes the Chicago-region as "blue-collar, profane and prone to violence."&nbsp;Written by David Cote, theater critic at <em>TimeOut New York</em>,&nbsp;the list actually garnered response in the comments from someone who made the list:&nbsp;Robert Faires, the Arts Editor of <em>The Austin Chronicle</em>. What I noticed: we're talking about a lot of old white men.&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-01/daily-rehearsal-most-influential-theater-critics-america-93656 Anonymous comes out in the open http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-09-16/anonymous-comes-out-open-92173 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/npr_story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-19/anonymousmask1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>"Hacktivists" are hitting the streets.</p><p>The cyberguerrilla group Anonymous — known for high-profile computer attacks on corporate and government targets — is urging its followers to come out from behind their PCs on Saturday and <a href="http://www.adbusters.org/blogs/adbusters-blog/anonymous-joins-occupywallstreet.html">occupy Wall Street</a>.</p><p>The aim: an Arab Spring-style protest over the "abuse and corruption of corporations, banks and governments."</p><p>It's not the first time the loose-knit group, which coalesced in 2003, has shifted from online hacktivism to offline activism. In 2008, it staged small street protests mostly in the U.S. and Europe against the Church of Scientology. Last month, masked "Anons," as they are known, jammed San Francisco train stations after the Bay Area Rapid Transit blocked cellphone service to stop an anti-police protest.</p><p>But so far it's the group's online hacking that has gotten the most public attention. Operation Payback, for example, delivered punishing "distributed denial of service" attacks on PayPal, Amazon, Visa and MasterCard last year after the companies refused to process donations to WikiLeaks.</p><p><strong>A twist on tradition</strong></p><p>The rise of groups of geeks and hackers organized — however loosely — around a political agenda is a fairly new phenomenon, experts say. And combining such activism with more traditional forms of protest is perhaps a natural evolution.</p><p>"One of the big errors of our time is believing that what happens online is separate from what happens offline," says Paul Levinson, author of <em>New New Media </em>and professor of communications and media studies at Fordham University in New York.</p><p>He says there's a long tradition of disrupting the activities of the establishment to make a point, and that Anonymous is drawing on that tradition on multiple fronts.</p><p>What Anonymous has done by joining its online and offline presence comes out of the flash-mob craze that started in 2003, says Virag Molnar, a sociology professor at the New School for Liberal Arts in New York.</p><p>"We've seen a huge evolution in the purposes that flash mobs have been used," she says. "Some can be used for progressive purposes, but they can also be used for rioting, hooliganism or gang activity."</p><p>Flash mobs set up via Twitter and Facebook have appeared at <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZBB2vXVagU">BP gas stations</a> to demonstrate against the company's handling of the Gulf oil spill. In Switzerland, Greenpeace organized a flash mob in which more than 100 people pretended to drop dead to protest nuclear power.</p><p>Social media tools also were linked to riots this summer in Vancouver and across Britain.</p><p><strong>Behind the masks</strong></p><p>Anonymous claimed responsibility last month for hacking into some 70 law enforcement websites, garnering "a massive amount of confidential information," including emails and credit card numbers. The move was in retaliation for the FBI arrest of 16 suspects for their alleged involvement in the PayPal denial of service attack.</p><p>Gabriella Coleman, a professor of media, culture and communications at New York University, says Anonymous at first used Internet forums to organize, and has since expanded its reach through social media sites.</p><p>It has also spawned splinter groups such as Lulz Security (recently disbanded) and the Anti-Security Movement (still active) that have gone on to launch their own hacktivist attacks.</p><p>As the group's name suggests, anonymity — particularly the kind that can be found in cyberspace — is important to many of its followers. Giving it up doesn't come lightly. Members typically show up at protests sporting a mask in the likeness of the 16th century English radical Guy Fawkes.</p><p>Many Anons are in their 20s and 30s, but a few are in their 60s — the "grandfathers" of the movement, says Coleman, who is writing a book on Anonymous.</p><p>"There is a sort of across-the-board free-speech sensibility that many Anons share, which many geeks and hackers share," she says. "The libertarian label, though, ends at, 'We believe in free speech.' "</p><p>While free speech and anti-censorship is a key part of the group's ideology, there's also a definite leftist and anti-capitalist strain in some Anons. "Beyond that," she says, "it's a pretty diverse lot."</p><p><strong>An imperfect union</strong></p><p>Mark Rasch, who led the Justice Department's computer crime efforts for eight years, says Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites have "created this online community that didn't exist before."</p><p>Now, he says, "a relatively small group of people can do a lot of damage to a large and sophisticated organization."</p><p>But neither Rasch nor Fordham University's Levinson thinks flesh-and-blood protests will eclipse online attacks among hacktivist groups.</p><p>"Why protest [in public] and risk getting caught if I can do it from my living room?" says Rasch, who is now director of cybersecurity and privacy at the Falls Church, Va.-based consulting firm CSC. And Levinson points out that "it's easy to do things online; it's hard to get people into the same physical space for a protest."</p><p>Molnar of the New School acknowledges that online activists tend to be less cohesive than social protesters in the past, who typically met face to face and knew more about one another.</p><p>"The threshold for participation is much lower because of the nature of the new technology," Molnar says. "You do not have to be integrated into a closely knit network or even a formal organization, so these organizations tend to be much looser, much more diffuse, and they often mobilize a lot of strangers that are not strongly involved in the movement itself, unlike the student movements in the 1960s."</p><p>"I think the bigger challenge is to keep these people engaged over the long run," she says.</p><p>Online activist groups may disintegrate more easily, but Molnar says that "in particularly important moments, they might be able to make a bigger splash than a formal organization that has a much longer shelf life."</p><div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio.</div></p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 16:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-09-16/anonymous-comes-out-open-92173