What is Anonymous? Hacker group that has re-emerged over George Floyd protests – The Sun

"HACKTIVIST" group Anonymous has sprung back into life – apparently disabling the Minneapolis Police Department website in protest against George Floyd's death.

The force has been warned that more of its alleged "crimes" will be "exposed to the world" by the secretive group of online hackers.

Who are Anonymous?

Anonymous started in 2003 as a collective of web jokers hitting sites for fun – but their activities have taken a more sinister turn.

It is now known as an anti-establishment group whose targets have ranged from big business and government departments around the world to child sex abuse sites.

Anonymous swamps sites, tricks targets into revealing details with “phishing” emails and uses computers to crack passwords.

Years ago, the shadowy group vowed to destroy the online recruitment service of ISIS, crippling its ability to brainwash would-be members.

It has already taken down more than 1,000 terrorist websites as retaliation for the jihadis’ war on free speech.

Members come from all over the world and all walks of life, discussing ops in secret online chatrooms.

What has Anonymous said about George Floyd's death?

On May 28, a Facebook page claiming to be affiliated with Anonymous posted a video aimed purely at Minneapolis Police Department.

The clip features an unnamed person, wearing a Guy Fawkes mask.

In an altered voice, they warn that its hacktivists “will be exposing your many crimes to the world”.

They add that the “brutal killing of George Floyd… is merely the tip of the iceberg in a long list of high-profile cases of wrongful death at the hands of officers in your state.”

What is the Guy Fawkes mask and why is it associated with Anonymous?

The Guy Fawkes mask has become a symbol for Anonymous – the same style of mask used in the V for Vendetta movie of 2006.

The strangely stylised mask of Guy Fawkes with a moustache and pointy beard in the 2006 movie uses Fawkes as a role model in his quest to end the rule of a fictional fascist party in the UK.

It was first used by Anonymous in 2008 at the Project Chanology protest – a march against the Church of Scientology.

The group protested in response to the Church forcing YouTube to pull a video of Tom Cruise discussing Scientology that was meant for internal use within the Church.

The Guy Fawkes mask has since become popular method of hiding faces during anti-establishment protests around the world.

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