- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy
Anonymous has responded to a recent NATO report which suggested that the "hacktivist" collective would be "infiltrated" and "persecuted" if its illegal actions continued, CNET reports. Among other measures, the NATO document, issued earliler this week, speculated about whether the organization’s Article 5 on mutual defence could be invoked in response to a cyber attack. The groups responded with a warning:
Our message is simple: Do not lie to the people and you won’t have to worry about your lies being exposed. Do not make corrupt deals and you won’t have to worry about your corruption being laid bare. Do not break the rules and you won’t have to worry about getting in trouble for it.
Do not attempt to repair your two faces by concealing one of them. Instead, try having only one face – an honest, open and democratic one.
You know you do not fear us because we are a threat to society. You fear us because we are a threat to the established hierarchy. Anonymous has proven over the last several years that a hierarchy is not necessary in order to achieve great progress – perhaps what you truly fear in us, is the realization of your own irrelevance in an age which has outgrown its reliance on you. Your true terror is not in a collective of activists, but in the fact that you and everything you stand for have, by the changing tides and the advancement of technology, are now surplus to requirements.
Finally, do not make the mistake of challenging Anonymous. Do not make the mistake of believing you can behead a headless snake. If you slice off one head of Hydra, ten more heads will grow in its place. If you cut down one Anon, ten more will join us purely out of anger at your trampling of dissent.
Your only chance of defeating the movement which binds all of us is to accept it. This is no longer your world. It is our world – the people’s world.
We are Anonymous.
We are legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
PBS recently suffered an attack from the mysterious entity calling itself LulzSec — which has also taken on Sony — after airing a documentary critical of WikiLeaks. NATO should also probably be on the lookout for lulz in the coming days.