Escalation: Jester —> Anonymous —-> Gnosis —-> Ra’s al Ghul’s League of Assassins?
Jim Gordon: What about escalation?
Jim Gordon: We start carrying semi automatics, they buy automatics, we start wearing Kevlar, they buy armor piercing rounds, and *you’re* wearing a mask and jumping off rooftops. take this guy: armed robbery, double homicide. Got a taste for the theatrical, like you. Leaves a calling card.
Jim Gordon: [Gordon presents Batman with a clear plastic evidence bag containing what appears to be a single playing card; Batman turns it over to reveal a “Joker”]
Batman: I’ll look into it.
It feels more and more every day lately, like we are all trapped in a Batman graphic novel with all of these Hero’s and Villains coming out of the digital woodwork. First there was Jester (digital vigilante for “good” press) Then came Anonymous.. Well, Anonymous was around before Jester, so.. Ok first there was Anonymous and then came Jester and now as of this weekend we have “Gnosis” The hacker cabal that took down gawker.com because they were too flip about “Anonymous” and Operation Payback.
It seems to me that an escalation is happening here. Now that Assange has opened the pandora’s box and become the zeitgeist for all the skiddies, we will have many more groups pop up to perform the latest mayhem that they feel they need to in order to advance their cause célèbre. So what’s next? I wonder if the more technical folks of Gnosis will then turn their attentions to something like a real news org that they feel is not reporting objectively *cough FOX cough* Or maybe they will take on a blogger for being a douche?
With each and every attack that is perpetrated without fear of punishment, I predict more people will take to the digital highway with their 2.0 version of LOIC (with proxy support) and begin to rain anarchist packet storms on us all. In cyberspace no one can hear the scream of sanity…