A video: Who’s behind the “hacktivist” network Anonymous?

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A profile of Commander X, an American activist who grew up in Maine and became fascinated with computers, and his impact on activism.

00:00 A movie is being made about the life of Commander X, a controversial information activist.

05:26 Anonymous was born out of 4chan and started as a group of people doing raids for fun.

10:18 Anonymous became a force to be reckoned with after the Guy Fawkes mask became their symbol.

15:37 Commander X, a homeless activist, became a notorious hacker and part of Anonymous.

20:21 Anonymous helped spark the Tunisian Revolution and provided tools for other street revolutions.

25:07 DDOS attacks and arrests made by FBI in 2010

30:02 Commander X, a notorious hacker activist, is in possession of classified US government databases.

35:20 An activist successfully receives political asylum in Mexico


Detailed Summary for Who’s behind the “hacktivist” network Anonymous? | DW Documentary by Merlin

00:00 A movie is being made about the life of Commander X, a controversial information activist.
– Commander X was a divisive figure who commanded attention and had power in his words.
– The story is about how activism moved from the streets to the internet and back to the streets, and Commander X personified this.

05:26 Anonymous was born out of 4chan and started as a group of people doing raids for fun.
– 4chan was a forum for people to talk freely and openly about a variety of subjects.
– Anonymous started doing raids, which were like field trips on the internet for fun and shock value.

10:18 Anonymous became a force to be reckoned with after the Guy Fawkes mask became their symbol.
– Anonymous was branded as a group that wears Guy Fawkes masks, which were the only masks available in every town they were going to be in.
– Anonymous became a sizeable force after organizing thousands of people who saw their video and showed up to protest.

15:37 Commander X, a homeless activist, became a notorious hacker and part of Anonymous.
– Commander X planned an ethical cyber attack on the County website with Anonymous.
– He was a hippie protester who showed up holding signs anti-war and all that.

20:21 Anonymous helped spark the Tunisian Revolution and provided tools for other street revolutions.
– Tunisian hackers approached Anonymous for help with extraordinary access.
– Anonymous provided passwords to everything, exposing corruption and poverty.
– Anonymous built a list of technologies to block and provided proxies and satellite phones.
– Anonymous defined skill sets for street revolutions and helped turn the internet back on in Egypt.
– Anonymous had geopolitical impact and came out of the Arab Spring feeling like gods.

25:07 DDOS attacks and arrests made by FBI in 2010
– Visa.com was briefly offline but no harm was done
– Activists were arrested and faced potential prison time for using low orbit ion cannon tool

30:02 Commander X, a notorious hacker activist, is in possession of classified US government databases.
– Commander X is a homeless man who has been forbidden from using electronics.
– He claims that Anonymous is the most powerful organization on Earth with 50,000 members worldwide and access to classified databases.

35:20 An activist successfully receives political asylum in Mexico
– Activist surrenders to Mexican authorities and is granted emergency refugee status
– First information activist in history to receive political asylum in a foreign country for protest actions taken under the flag of Anonymous

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