Cyberwar Season 1 – Episode 1 Recap: Who is Anonymous?

I started watching a very interesting program titled “Cyberwar” hosted by Ben Makuch (@BMakuch) who is a national security reporter. The show is described as:

Ben Makuch travels the world to meet with hackers, government officials, and dissidents to investigate the ecosystem of cyberwarfare.

The first episode looked into the decentralized group of international activist hackers known as “Anonymous” which has been linked to numerous high-profile incidents over the years, including Internet attacks on governments, major corporations, financial institutions and religious groups.  A trademark for the online hacktivist group is a person wearing a Guy Fawkes mask.

I found this episode to be very nostalgic as Ben chronicled the start of Anonymous with its start on 4chan to LulzSec and affiliation with WikiLeaks.  Also, being able to see him interview former as well as current Anonymous members brings an authentic piece that is rarely seen when discussing this subject matter.

The segment about Hector Xavier Monsegur aka Sabu as well as other hackers being arrested was especially intriguing since I followed that story closely and covered it on on numerous occasions as listed below:



Ben was also able to score an interview with legendary hacktivist and former Anonymous member Jeremy Hammand aka sup_g while he is still serving time for the Stratfor Global Intelligence firm hack.

Overall, this was a great episode, especially for those of us that followed these hacking groups.  Being able to hear their thoughts and motives is something that is priceless.


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