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Anonymous Hacks Tunisian Islamist Sites 101

Posted by Soulskill
from the keeps-on-ticking dept.
eldavojohn writes "The hacktivist group Anonymous has claimed another victim by taking down Islamist sites in Tunisia. Similar to an earlier attack on Turkish government sites, #optunisia has resulted in several government blogs and sites being replaced with 'Payback is a b****, isn't it?' The message lists censorship as the motivation behind this activity. The AFP is reporting that this is also in response to the reintroduction of Salafist laws and the caliphate. An additional Anonymous message read, 'We are not against religion, we are Muslims, but we are defending freedom in our country.' Censorship continues wholesale in Tunisia."
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Anonymous Hacks Tunisian Islamist Sites

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  • Re:First problem (Score:5, Insightful)

    by GameboyRMH (1153867) <gameboyrmh@gm[ ].com ['ail' in gap]> on Monday March 12, 2012 @03:20PM (#39330167) Journal

    Freedom of religion is what leaves you free to have no religion.

  • by Lucas123 (935744) on Monday March 12, 2012 @03:31PM (#39330327) Homepage
    Anonymous seems to just have its fingers in the wind these days, shifting its sites all over the placewith no real direction or purpose. I mean, they even took down the Boston Police Department's website because the city forced the Occupy Wall Street wackos out of Dewey Square after letting them squat there for months.
  • Anonymous seems to just have its fingers in the wind these days, shifting its sites all over the placewith no real direction or purpose.

    Who said they have any real direction or purpose? It's a big amorphous group of whoever wants to participate in whatever popular idea is floating around at the time, they don't have any long-term plan.

  • by DigiShaman (671371) on Monday March 12, 2012 @03:53PM (#39330599) Homepage

    Anonymous is anonymous. It's a movement without any specific ideology behind their motives. There is no unity on anything they do. Accept for one. Anonymous can rest at ease that whatever actions they perform can happen safely and securely behind a wall of anonymity.

    As an outsider looking looking to group them to an ideology (false premise), you'll just end up confused viewing them as schizophrenic. Don't do that. It's the wrong prism by which to view them.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 12, 2012 @04:12PM (#39330825)

    You DO know "agnostic" and "atheist" are orthogonal right? All religions, as well as atheism, are belief claims, while a claim of agnosticism simply means "I do not put the same kind of confidence in this belief as I would in something derived deductively from prior principles." For example, an agnostic atheist says "I have no particular God belief, but this does not mean there never is, was, or will be a God or Gods in any place, time, or meaning."

  • Re:First problem (Score:5, Insightful)

    by K. S. Kyosuke (729550) on Monday March 12, 2012 @04:50PM (#39331335)
    Actually, it's a lack of prohibition of having no religion that allows you to have no religion.
  • Re:Safe target? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 12, 2012 @06:18PM (#39332477)

    How do you know it's even the same person/people doing this hack vs. any other anonymous hack? If they are "avoiding the big dogs", who are "they"? The leaders of anonymous who may or may not exist? If someone writes graffiti on a Bank of America building signed "anonymous" are you going to say it looks like they decided to go after the banks? It sounds like you're trying to make sense of what could be basically random actions by diverse non-connected groups of individuals. Maybe some are 4-channers, maybe some are bored college comp-sci students, maybe some are frustrated employees of various organizations. Anyone can be anonymous.

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