Hacker collective Anonymous to launch social networking site

AnonPlus will be open to anyone who wants to join, the group says

Anonymous, which has claimed credit for several high-profile cyber attacks in recent months, plans to launch what it says will be a new social networking site called AnonPlus.

The group's move was apparently spurred by Google's decision to shut down Anonymous' Google+ account for community standard violations, a report by Mashable says.

For the moment, at least, AnonPlus appears to be little more than a single, somewhat poorly formatted page that seeks to explain what the site will be about.

"This lil info dump of a site is here simply to dispence (sic) info, soon the actual site will go up and you can begin to interact with it," a message on the site notes.

"This project is not overnight and will take many of those out there who simply want a better internet," the message noted. "We will not be stopped by those looking to troll or those willing to stop the spreading of the truth."

The message makes no mention of Google shutting down Anonymous' Google+ account, but it does promise members that with AnonPlus there would be no fear of "censorship", "blackout" or "holding back." It goes on to add that the site is open to anyone who cares to join and not just to members of Anonymous.

It will be interesting to see if the effort gains any traction at all. Anonymous, which prefers being referred to as a collective rather than a group, has been in the news recently for several attacks against high-profile targets.

Most recently, Anonymous claimed credit for an attack against military contractor Booz Allen Hamilton that resulted in the compromise of 90,000 email addresses and passwords belonging to military personnel.

Early this month, members of Anonymous launched several online attacks against police union websites in Arizona to protest the state's tough immigration laws. The attacks prompted the Arizona Department of Public Safety to label Anonymous a "cyber terrorism group."

Last December, Anonymous members launched a series of dedicated denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against several organizations, including PayPal and Amazon, to protest what it claimed was their efforts to stifle whistleblower site WikiLeaks.

Jaikumar Vijayan covers data security and privacy issues, financial services security and e-voting for Computerworld. Follow Jaikumar on Twitter at @jaivijayan or subscribe to Jaikumar's RSS feed. His e-mail address is jvijayan@computerworld.com.

Read more about cybercrime and hacking in Computerworld's Cybercrime and Hacking Topic Center.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags GooglesoftwareapplicationsWeb 2.0 and Web AppsCybercrime and HackingEnterprise Web 2.0/Collaboration

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jaikumar Vijayan

Computerworld (US)
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?