Anonymous Shares A Message For 2018 That Will Change The Way You Look At Social Media

Social media has changed tremendously within the past few years. Not only have social networks been used to “connect” the world in several different ways, they’ve also come at a tremendous cost, as discussed in the video below which was recently released by Anonymous.

The video features several snippets from two former major Facebook executives, Chamath Palihapitiya and Sean Parker.

In it, they discuss the real implications of Facebook that are probably unbelievable to some people. These are the, as I like to call, “little big things” that we’re not really aware of, and when presented with this type of information, it’s common for one to roll their eyes because sometimes it’s so out of left field.

Why? I’m not sure, what they say makes perfect sense and given who these people are and where they’ve worked, they obviously know a thing or two about the platform

Another strong point here is that sentiment like this doesn’t receive much attention from mainstream media, which is another indicator of why one should be looking into it.

What is social media today? It’s created an environment where some, not all, are starving for likes and attention. We constantly share parts of our lives with others, so we ourselves can be seen. It’s a total ego trip for the most part, but others do use it for genuine purposes other than attention grabbing.

At the same time, social media became a great platform to share information that’s not presented in the mainstream. Whether it be important scientific papers that’ve been published on GMOs or vaccines, social media has brought light into several worlds of darkness.

Information started going super viral, and it wasn’t uncommon for popular alternative independent media outlets to see a couple million people on their site by mid-afternoon.

Sharing of classified documents, government corruption, and creating awareness on technologies, ideas and innovation were at the forefront of independent media. More people were becoming aware of false flag terrorism. There are important publications out there that would never have seen the light of day if it wasn’t for social media, like the multiple studies that’ve been published in major science and engineering studies that conclude, without a doubt, that the twin towers were brought down by controlled demolition.

You can find those studies linked within multiple articles that we’ve published on 9/11.

There are several examples from multiple areas that affect multiple aspects of human life. This was huge, because prior to the birth of social media, information and our source for learning about what’s really happening on our planet was controlled by a small group of people and the corporations they run.

That being said, social media also created the birth of outlets spreading fake news. This can’t really be denied, we’re talking about sites making claims that provide absolutely no sources at all, or sources that can’t really be deemed credible. A lot of people were making a lot of money on Facebook, while at the same time spreading tremendous amounts of false information.

This resulted, as well as a few other factors, in Facebook changing their algorithms. The spread of new information is now not as prominent as it once was as the result of censorship of information.

NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden said it best, the solution here is not to censor what people read but rather teaching people how to think critically:

“The problem of fake news isn’t solved by hoping for a referee but rather because we as participants, we as citizens, we as users of these services help each other…The answer to bad speech is not censorship. The answer to bad speech is more speech. We have to exercise the idea that critical thinking matters now more than ever, given the fact that lies seem to be getting very popular.” (source)(source)

At the end of the day, platforms like Facebook are sovereign. They can do as they please and have every right to do so. When it comes to the search for truth and information, if people are really interested in finding out what’s going on, they’ll look.

The main point here is to question your use of social media. It’s not natural, and the amount of screen time we spend on these networks is creating problems with us and our children  that we’re just starting to recognize.

The power is in our own hands. We have the choice; we as people, as parents and as friends have the choice to voice our concern, and limit our own use. It’s the same thing as junk food, we always have the choice. What seems unfair, however, is like junk food, these platforms play with our brain chemistry, thus shaping our perceptions, manipulating our chemistry and sometimes making our decisions for us.

Something to think about as you watch the video below…

Anonymous Targets Norway, Hacks World’s Biggest Whaling Industry

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By Anon.Dos

Despite a more than 30-year ban on commercial whaling worldwide, Norway is the world’s top whaling country killing more of the marine mammals than Iceland and Japan combined. Meanwhile, 90% of the minke whales hunted and killed each year in Norwegian waters are female and almost all of them are pregnant.

To protest the Nordic country’s whaling industry, Anonymous, an online group of hacktivists, shut down several Norwegian institutions including banks, authorities, media, tourism and academic institutions and rendered the website of the Norwegian Fisheries Ministry inaccessible as part of the #OpWhales campaign.

“As a result of whaling, several groups have targeted Norway,” Lone Charlotte Pettersen, leader for the section for Internet-related investigation support with police security agency Kripos, told Aftenposten.

Unlike traditional anti-whaling activists like Sea Shepherd that engage in seasonal activities like sabotage against whaling boats attempting to interrupt the hunt, Anonymous attacks Norway year-round, reports Sputnik.

“They want to get at Norway. Therefore, it may be a sheer coincidence who is affected. As long as they can inflict harm, they are satisfied,” Pettersen said, suggesting that Anonymous also encourages other people into procuring malware and using it against Norway.

Although whaling is a controversial practice internationally, it enjoys broad political support in Norway. While authorities consider whaling a part of a balanced ecosystem, and it might be culturally and historically important, whale meat is an important part of the Norwegian diet.

Prior to the whaling ban, Norway killed approximately 2,000 minke whales per year. This year, it allowed whalers to kill an increased quota of 999 minke whales, up from 880 animals in 2016. For the sake of comparison, Iceland’s quota for 2016 to 2018 is 224 whales, while Japan’s whaling quota is 333 whales a year.

Anonymous Just Took Down 1/5 Of Dark Web’s Child Pornography

The hacktivists breached Freedom Hosting II — the largest host of Dark Web sites accessible only through Tor — downloaded gigabytes of data, and took down and defaced some 10,613 .onion websites. This means that the hack took down nearly a fifth of the Dark Web for hosting child pornography.

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The Dark Web is the encrypted network that exists between Tor servers and their clients aka cyber criminals, activists and many others who want encrypted communications. The Tor Network, the only network that protects the user’s identity and does not watch their Internet activities, helps Internet users retain their privacy online — especially when they are being watched by third parties.

Since most of the Dark Web is a haven for drug markets, pedophiles and sex traffickers who use Tor or set up anonymous .onion websites to hide their location and to ply their illegal trade, it becomes difficult for law enforcement to unmask the criminals seeking refuge in the shadows.

In their attempt to uncover the creators, possessors, and subscribers of child pornography, a group of anonymous hackers breached Freedom Hosting II — the largest host of Dark Web sites accessible only through Tor — downloaded gigabytes of data, and took down and defaced some 10,613 .onion websites.

The anonymous hacktivists claimed over 50% of the data stored on the Freedom Hosting II servers contained child pornography. International Business Times reported that the hackers stole 75 GB worth of files and 2.6 GB of databases, which they offered to return for 0.1 bitcoin, around $100.

torAccording to Sarah Jamie Lewis, an independent anonymity & privacy researcher who spotted the mass hack as part of her regular scans of the Onion space (Dark Web sites running on the Tor network), Freedom Hosting II was hosting an estimated 15% to 20% of all websites on the Dark Web.

This means that the hack took down nearly a fifth of the Dark Web. Lewis told The Verge: “This is a major blow considering many were personal or political blogs and forums. In the short term, a lot of diversity has disappeared from the Dark Web.”

Security researcher Chris Monteiro claimed the Freedom Hosting II hack may have disrupted a substantial number of botnets, which are increasingly used by cyber criminals to launch large-scale DDoS attacks.

Monteiro also discovered the .onion websites were not only hosting botnets, but also fraud sites, sites peddling hacked data, weird fetish portals, and child abuse sites targeting both English and Russian speaking buyers. Websites defaced in the Freedom Hosting II hack include:

In an interview with VICE, the hackers explained why and how they took down the Dark Web hosting provider:

“Initially we didn’t want to take down FHII. But then we found several large child pornography sites which were using more than Freedom Hosting II’s stated allowance. Usually, Freedom Hosting II has a quota of 256MB per site, but these illegal sites comprised of gigabytes of material. This suggests they paid for hosting and the admin knew of those sites. That’s when I decided to take it down instead.”

torIn 2011 also, as part of Operation Darknet, anonymous hacked and DDoSed the first Freedom Hosting for hosting child pornography websites. In 2013, when the first Freedom Hosting was hosting half of all Dark Web sites, the FBI used a misconfiguration in the Tor Browser setup to identify visitors to such websites, took down the service, and arrested its owner Eric Eoin Marques in Ireland. Charges laid against Marques were of facilitating the distribution of online child pornography.


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