Anonymous Might Not Be So Anonymous; Member Pleads Guilty To Scientology DoS

from the so-much-for-that-plan dept

While I can sympathize with the concerns that some folks have over Scientology, it did seem like the massive denial of service (DoS) attack against the group put on by "Anonymous" (basically a group of griefers from some online message boards) seemed to go a bit too far (and, yes, I recognize that many griefers think that their whole reason for being is to "go too far"). Now it appears that one of the kids involved in the denial of service attack has been arrested and agreed to plead guilty for the attack, meaning that at least some members of "Anonymous" aren't quite as anonymous as they believed. In the end, the whole thing seems to have done nothing much. It was a nuisance for Scientology, but allowed the group to portray itself as a victim, and certainly didn't do much of anything to slow the organization down.

Filed Under: anonymous, denial of service, dos, scientology

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    WolfyRik, 27 Oct 2008 @ 1:02am

    Fair article, Mike. I agree that the DDoS didn't really help matters. Infact many of the critics of scientology stood up and screamed bloody murder at the DDoS attacks.

    I think the reason people are becoming angry with your story is that it seems a bit slanted. It paints the myriad as kids and mere griefers, (though I'm sure this was not your intent) while failing to point out that the DDoS was condemned by many. Moreover you make no comment on the fact that throughout the whole affair many anons were reading and learning and became very aware of the what the CoS is. This began their campaign of well informed, peaceful, worldwide protests.

    I understand that the piece is only short and didn't really need that other information, but I'm sure you can see why people would become annoyed, especially when the CoS has a massive propaganda campaign trying to portray protest Anons in the same light, and worse, as your article.

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