November 14, 2012
The hacktivist group Anonymous has been responsible for many online attacks, but its influence is declining. Too many uncoordinated and unclear operations have been detrimental to its reputation, and it has been the target of law enforcement operations, with 25 suspected members arrested Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Spain.
The group is spreading disinformation, making false claims, and is involved in hacking, factors that McAfee Labs researchers predict will make the movement less politically visible. Anonymous’ success will also decline as its technical expertise stagnates — although there may be some short-lived spectacular actions involving hacktivists and antiglobalization supporters, or hacktivists and ecoterrorists.
McAfee Labs researchers noted the following Anonymous events in the third quarter of 2012:
The Anonymous movement also tried its hand at spreading disinformation:
Although Anonymous claims to love the truth, McAfee Labs recommends greeting its announcements with some skepticism.