(Greek: κρυπτεία / krupteía, from κρυπτός / kruptós, “hidden, secret things”)

Escalation: Jester —> Anonymous —-> Gnosis —-> Ra’s al Ghul’s League of Assassins?

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Jim Gordon: What about escalation?
Batman: 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 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…


Written by Krypt3ia

2010/12/13 at 20:54

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  1. There’s already been one very public arrest. I don’t think that there is any reason that one should think there will be no reprisals.
    That said, if it is true civil disobedience, one will proceed without fear of the reprisals – you simply say, I did it, I knew the cost, and for the price of xyz I was willing to risk arrest.
    A hacking pissing match is just not that big a deal, IMO, in the overall gravity of this situation. We might all have to take sides.
    Will the espionage act be applied? Or will it be abolished?
    To be honest, the thing that really bothers me about the wikileaks ‘leaks’ is the sheer volume of information. I doubt anyone can say “I stole 100k+ cables and found something incriminating in each one, so I leaked it.” Perhaps it is that a pattern needed to be shown. Dunno.
    Many clearly showed corruption and coverup. IE the Afghanistan ‘dancing boys.’

    2010/12/13 at 21:37

  2. Skully, I was more referring to the escalation of an all out hack on gawker…


    2010/12/13 at 22:58

  3. Well, again, it was always possible SOMEONE could or would hack it. Gawker was nonchalant about the Wikileaks thing, and was thus attacked – so yes, it was an escalation, but again, in THIS perspective, being targeted because of this – no, it doesn’t bother me anymore than any other breach of that nature would.
    The world is changing – if it isn’t this incident, it will be another.
    What I mean is – just because they aren’t showing it to us in the USA on CNN – have you seen the civil unrest around the world lately? Is it not to be expected that it will SPILL OVER into the cyberworld?
    The only thing that I really give a PERK to, is that now hacktivists KNOW what potential power they yield when they work together.
    Businesses need to think about such things a bit more than they do – IE if you are selling pants, maybe don’t take a political or religious stand- just sell the damn pants, and try to make darn sure they don’t come from a child labor sweat shop.

    2010/12/14 at 17:51

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