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Anonymous vs. The Muslim Brotherhood: Hacktivists Deploy against Islamic Fascists

Battling the Brotherhood

COMMENT: A fascinating story comes to us from the  vigilant “Pterrafractyl.” The Anonymous hacking milieu has declared war on the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. I don’t know how tech-savvy the Ikhwan is, or how vulnerable their 0perations are to the sorts of gambits that can be employed by Anonymous, but this is a remarkable development.

Among the best investigative sources for information about the Brotherhood is the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report, which feeds along the bottom of the front page of this website. There is a wealth of information about the Brotherhood and its historical and ideological affiliations with international fascism in other parts of this website as well.

Good luck to the folks at Anonymous!

An educated guess is that the Brotherhood may well blame any difficulties they experience on Israel/Mossad/”the Jews”.

“Hacktivists Anonymous to Take Down Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood” by Joseph Mayton; Bikyamasr; 11/09/2011.

EXCERPT: he Anonymous organization of hackivists has leveled a new threat against Egypt’s largest political group, the Muslim Brotherhood, saying it would take down the group’s online capacity.

The announcement is titled “Operation Brotherhood Takedown.” And they said it was “engaged.”

In a Youtube.com video, Anonymous said that the Brotherhood is a “threat to Egyptian soveriegnty” and must not be allowed to work against the revolution that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak in February.

The video stated that the Islamic group was not part of the revolution and is attempting to co-opt the Egyptian population.

“Ever since its revolution that shook the world, Egypt has had its fate undecided. Predators who seek to control are waiting to strike at the right moment. They are waiting to take over the country and make it so that another revolution is impossible. We cannot allow this,” said the group. . . .

Discussion

17 comments for “Anonymous vs. The Muslim Brotherhood: Hacktivists Deploy against Islamic Fascists”

  1. A longtime FtR listener, I was a bit miffed by this article when it quoted Anonymous as saying:
    “The Muslim Brotherhood started as a benevolent group of people with fair and just intentions. However, as decades went by, corruption seized its mission of good and turned it into a power-hungry organization bent on taking over soverign arab states in its quest to seize power from them,” continued the statement.
    My perception of them is that they came right out of the WWII Axis, as per Dave’s many good programs on the subject, and that their recent image of highly-sought Moderate Goodness is but a charm offensive. Perhaps some FtR sides ought be sent out to the aspiring reporter.

    ps. here is a hackers’ radio show which has run perhaps even longer than Mr. Emory’s, discussing such topics as Anonymous and Wikileaks and desperately needing quality callers such as Spitfirelist readers:
    http://archive.wbai.org/AllShows.php (search down the page for Off the Hook (and while there, don’t miss Law and Disorder along with Expert Witness Radio!)) BTW, OtH also offers its entire history of shows free in mp3 format via http://www.2600.com

    Posted by Bakunin | November 12, 2011, 3:38 pm
  2. Posted by geirhard | November 12, 2011, 6:18 pm
  3. This is totally unexpected.I used to think that these guys at Anonymous were somehow part of the Underground Reich or of one of their phalanges, or of the Extreme-Left or of another similar group. Was I wrong or they just made a 180 degree turn in the other direction? That’s both incredible and spectacular. Anyway, I guess that we will take all the help we can get. I am eager to see the developments of this. Considering the considerable damage that the Brotherhood can do to western civilization and liberal democracy through their P-Tech firm and other stuff, it’s definitely something that happens at the right time. What do you think Dave? Is the Brotherhood beginning to faint in the eyes of the power elite? Have the Brotherhood gone way beyond what they were asked and permitted to do?

    Posted by Claude | November 12, 2011, 6:35 pm
  4. Is this one intel group vs another? The good guys’ intel taking on the bad guys? The message to take out the brown shirts? Noticed that the article was posted on Nov 9th (a signal?) but the YouTube on Nov 7th (no signal?). Hopefully its legit and action against the Brotherhoods’ US buddies too.

    Posted by LarryFW | November 13, 2011, 1:29 am
  5. too many ‘ifs and buts’ full of innuendoes and maybes…unbelievable

    Posted by harry Beckhough | November 13, 2011, 1:40 am
  6. @LarryFW: There are some good Intel people still out there, and a few of them may be assisting Anonymous.

    @Claude: There are some pretty crooked people in Anonymous still, but this article clearly shows that there are also some good guys in there too. Hopefully, Wikileaks can make a similar turn as well.

    As for the Brotherhood? I think they’ve done exactly as they’ve been told, and that this is a genuine backlash against the world crime network. Hopefully, it will succeed quite well in crippling the Islamic-Fascists. =)

    Posted by Steven L. | November 13, 2011, 10:01 am
  7. @Bakunin: I feel it was likely a genuine mistake on their part. Still, though, I feel they’d be QUITE interested to hear Dave’s research. =)

    Posted by Steven L. | November 13, 2011, 10:04 am
  8. I think the most important line in the post is Mr. Emory’s:
    “An edu­cated guess is that the Broth­er­hood may well blame any dif­fi­cul­ties they expe­ri­ence on Israel/Mossad/“the Jews”.”

    The internal Anonymous reasons are mixed I’m sure but that is a red herring. What matters is that creating more anarchy in the region and reasons to point fingers is clearly in the Riech’s interest.

    Posted by Paul | November 15, 2011, 12:19 am
  9. @Paul: Hopefully things do eventually turn out in favor of those who truly do believe in democracy.

    Posted by Steven l. | November 16, 2011, 10:09 am
  10. I think this is the first instance of Freudian flag waving I’ve heard of:


    Many Islamist political parties— from the giant Freedom and Justice Party founded by the Muslim Brotherhood, to the smaller parties founded by ultraconservatives known as Salafis and the realtively liberal Center Party— put up campaign banners and delivered speeches in the Friday demonstration, giving it the feel of a political rally. Some demonstrators waved Saudi Arabian flags, but a few said they were carrying them only for their Islamic slogans even though they objected to Saudi Arabia’s undemocratic rule. A vendor said he stocked the flags because he could not find flags of the Muslim Brotherhood and had gotten requests for Saudi flags, but he added that he was going to discontinue the practice because he had gotten complaints as well.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | November 18, 2011, 11:10 am
  11. Woah, Anonymous just picked one helluva rock to look under!:

    ‘Anonymous’ declares ‘Blitzkrieg’ on neo-Nazis

    Published: 2 Jan 12 12:46 CET

    “Anonymous” hackers have declared “Blitzkrieg” on neo-Nazis for the New Year, disabling a number of their websites and publishing lists of extreme-right supporters.

    A “Nazi-Leaks” portal has appeared on the internet listing hundreds of names of people subscribed to various shops selling far-right clothing, as well as writers for the Junge Freiheit newspaper which carries contributions from far-right commentators.

    The hackers say they have managed to close down 15 websites associated with the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD), the Frankfurter Rundschau reported on Monday. They have reportedly called their campaign “Operation Blitzkrieg”.

    Long lists of names, some with addresses, purporting to be customer registers of firms such as the infamous Thor Steinar clothing firm were posted on the “Nazi-Leaks” portal.

    People listed on the portal as having written for the Junge Freiheit newspaper included Peter Scholl-Latour, according to the Frankfurter Rundschau. He is a respected journalist and Afghanistan expert who has written for, among other publications, the Stern magazines.

    The Local/hc

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | January 4, 2012, 7:37 pm
  12. @Pterrafractyl: There is still hope yet! Definitely have hopes for Anonymous now that I KNOW there’s definitely still some good and honest people left in there. =)

    I also think the bit about the flag was rather ironic indeed. I believe this was a sincere mistake on the protesters’ part, but why couldn’t they make up their own symbols?

    Posted by Steven L. | January 5, 2012, 10:35 am
  13. Here’s something to note regarding any activities by Anonymous offshoot LulzSec. In August 2011, the LulzSec leader was flipped and working with investigators so any LulzSec later LulzSec operations raise the question of ordered them.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | March 6, 2012, 9:16 pm
  14. I strongly suspect that the ’Anony­mous’ imprompter has been completely co-opted. I have seen some ‘Anonymous’ videos promoting Protocols of the Elders of Zion type BS.

    Anyone can post a video claiming to be ‘Anonymous’, and they are anonymous.

    Posted by Vanfield | March 6, 2012, 10:34 pm
  15. @Vanfield: Frankly, I’ve been pretty concerned about just such a possibility myself, Vanfield(the same thing happened with WikiLeaks and the W.C.N. tried to destroy O.W.S., too, although the latter had success in repelling infiltrators). Hopefully people can start telling the difference between criminal impostors and the real deal, and I’m afraid this will be rather difficult at first.

    There are still some good people in Anonymous and I do hope the anti-crime network factions will one day win out. Because if they don’t, we will have lost an important potential ally.

    @Pterrafractyl: Thanks for the info. =)

    Posted by Steven L. | March 7, 2012, 7:22 am
  16. There’s new group going after Anonymous: head-hunters:

    US urged to recruit master hackers to wage cyber war on America’s foes

    Top defence expert says the US should avoid ‘ridiculous’ prosecutions and use hackers’ skills to detect and track enemies

    Rory Carroll in Monterey
    guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 10 July 2012 10.00 EDT

    Instead of prosecuting elite computer hackers, the US government should recruit them to launch cyber-attacks against Islamist terrorists and other foes, according to a leading military thinker and government adviser.

    The brilliance of hacking experts could be put to use on behalf of the US in the same way as German rocket scientists were enlisted after the second world war, said John Arquilla, a professor of defence analysis at the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, in an interview with the Guardian.

    He said that the US had fallen behind in the cyber race and needed to set up a “new Bletchley Park” of computer whizzes and codecrackers to detect, track and disrupt enemy networks. “If this was being done, the war on terror would be over,” he said.

    Arquilla, who invented the term cyberwarfare two decades ago, said a few master hackers had already been recruited but more were needed.

    “Let’s just say that in some places you find guys with body piercings and non-regulation haircuts. But most of these sorts of guys can’t be vetted in the traditional way. We need a new institutional culture that allows us to reach out to them.”

    Many dabbled in illegal or questionable acts but the US, he noted, had turned Wernher von Braun, Hitler’s top scientist, into an American hero after putting him to work on US rockets and space programmes.

    Arquilla lambasted lengthy jail terms for hacking, saying it “poisoned” relations between both sides. “It’s very, very troubling.” He disagreed with the attempt to extradite Gary McKinnon, a British system administrator who has been accused by one US prosecutor of the “biggest military hack of all time” using the code name Solo.

    “I think it’s ridiculous. They’re trying to use deterrences that won’t work.”

    Arquilla, who advised General Norman Schwarzkopf during the first gulf war and secretary of defence Donald Rumsfeld during the second, estimated there were around 100 master hackers in the world, with many, if not most, in Asia and Russia.

    He had established contact with several in the US – “they are like shy woodland animals” – and even brought one to meet the CEO of a major company to alert him to his information system’s vulnerabilities. The executive, scornful at first, was stunned when the hacker broke into the system with a handheld device in just a few minutes. “All hell broke loose,” said Arquilla, who declined to identify the company.

    The Pentagon and other security agencies must exploit that sort of ability, he said. “This is huge human capital. They are the rangers of the cyber sphere. Most of them are drawn to it for its beauty and complexity.” Few had overt political agendas, but they could be turned into patriots. “Most of the hackers I have known would love to destroy al-Qaida.”

    The veteran analyst said al-Qaida’s loose, decentralised organisational structure had flummoxed the US a decade ago, and that under strategist Abu Musab al-Suri it would become even flatter and looser, impeding traditional counter-terror efforts. The movement, however, was vulnerable. “This global network simply can’t thrive without the world wide web and internet. It can’t operate without it, or if it does, at a greatly reduced level.”

    Hacking, he said, was most effective when incorporated into wider military strategy. The Russians, he said, pioneered this during the August 2008 conflict with Georgia when cyber-attacks sliced through US-designed technology “like a knife through butter”, disrupting Georgian forces and paving Russia’s quick victory.

    Moscow denied mounting cyber operations, and their provenance was never discovered. But Arquilla said “Russian-aligned interests” successfully attacked Estonia’s networks during a diplomatic row in 2007. “It’s all veiled, but the real leaders in the field are the Russians.” China and North Korea were also highly sophisticated. “They understand the strategic uses.”

    Arquilla compared computer firewalls to the Maginot line – France’s failed defence against Germany – and urged US state agencies and companies to use strong encryption and cloud computing to keep data on the move. “The level of insecurity is huge. The average individual is a zombie in some hacker’s botnet within half an hour of going online.”

    Holy crap, the average individual is a zombie in a botnet within a half-hour going on line?! And here I thought my sudden craving for brains was due to low blood sugar.

    Note that the Russian cyber attacks that apparently “sliced through US-designed technology” in 2008, should not be seen as particularly surprising. One has to wonder how effective al-Qaeda-affiliated hackers would be at that task.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | July 14, 2012, 3:18 pm
  17. Posted by Tembel | November 17, 2012, 2:10 am

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