Anonymous collective the new face of online hacktivism: CSIS report

OTTAWA – Canada’s spy agency says the online collective Anonymous isn’t just a thorn in the side of the powerful, but the new model for digital hacktivism.

Anonymous has carried out cyber-attacks against governments, corporations and others in the name of free speech, Internet liberties and, more so in the last year, anti-capitalist causes.

A newly declassified report from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service says although hacktivism — a blend of hacker smarts and social activism — has existed for years, it is only now that conditions have allowed such groups to bloom.

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