Greetings citizens of the world. This is Anonymous.
The COVID-19 coronavirus has quickly spread to nearly every corner of the planet in just a few months, and the people of the world don’t seem to be taking things very seriously until it ends up in their own back yard. The whole world has had at least 2 months to prepare for this, but many people ignored the situation, thinking that it would remain in China and would never have an impact on their personal lives.
As quarantines were imposed in China, with cities of millions on lockdown, westerners condemned the heavy-handed tactics of the Chinese government, and assured themselves that nothing like that could ever happen in their home country. In just a few short months, the situation has changed rapidly, and drastically, with researchers and epidemiologists around the world warning that we could be in for the most destructive pandemic since the influenza outbreak of 1918, which killed between 30 and 50 million people over two years and infected roughly 27% of the world’s population.
As citizens in the west slowly come to grips with the gravity of the situation they are facing, their governments aren’t behaving much differently than China. In fact, The World Health Organization has praised China’s response to the crisis, saying that the country has “set a new standard” for outbreak response, and urging other countries to follow its lead in fighting the outbreak.
This week, Italy has taken this advice and has placed the entire country of 60 million people on quarantine. People have been ordered to stay indoors throughout the entire country, and large gatherings of any kind have been banned. Even smaller gatherings like funerals have also been banned. At least 50 people in Sicily are facing serious criminal charges after breaking the quarantine order for having a funeral with a loved one.
There is also concern that people inside the Italian quarantine zone are being left to fend for themselves.
Luca Franzese, the brother of a 47-year-old woman who died at home, is now trapped in the house with her, and has waited for over a day for authorities to come and help him. He posted a terrifying video to social media pleading with authorities to come and help him.
Content warning: distressing video from Italy.
Luca Franseze appeals for help after death of his sister Theresa, 47, at home surrounded by family.
Theresa ultimately tested positive for Covid19 Coronavirus. The emergency response team is now quarantined. https://t.co/pcs7aD1d8G pic.twitter.com/QGfRlgRToW
— Naomi O'Leary (@NaomiOhReally) March 9, 2020
As more people are getting tested in Europe and The United States, it is becoming apparent that this virus gained a foothold on every continent, aside from Antarctica, of course, and so other western countries are now starting to think about how they can quarantine their own populations. In the US, where citizens insisted that something like this could never happen on American soil, the National Guard was called to a region of New York that has become a new epicenter for the virus on the east coast.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo insists that the National Guard is only there to help deliver supplies and “clean up,” but the presence of military troops certainly has many local residents on edge. It was also reported that Cuomo was using prison labor to make large volumes of hand sanitizer to make up for the recent shortage, so it is understandable if some citizens suspect veiled threats behind his flowery promises.
BREAKING: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces containment zone around New Rochelle, lasting until Wednesday, March 25; the National Guard will be deployed to assist in food delivery, cleaning. "This is the single greatest public health challenge we have in the state right now." https://abcn.ws/33blccv
Posted by ABC News Politics on Tuesday, March 10, 2020
It was also announced that Georgia, in the southern United States, will be turning a portion of a state park into a quarantine zone for coronavirus patients. Shortly after the virus arrived in Georgia, the state’s Governor, Brian Kemp, announced that state officials were preparing Hard Labor Creek State Park in Morgan County for isolating and monitoring patients who may have been exposed to the disease caused by the coronavirus. This was intended to assure residents that something was being done to prepare, but this was not welcome news to some citizens, because getting quarantined in an “isolated section” of a place called “Hard Labor Creek” sounds like a straight-up horror movie.
However, there are different approaches that can be taken, but people need to actually take this virus seriously and practice extreme social distancing to slow the spread of the illness. As the South China Morning Post noted in a recent column, South Korea has managed to handle the virus extremely well without city-wide lockdowns, by making testing and medical care as available as possible, and encouraging safe social distancing practices among citizens. We need to stay home as much as possible and avoid public spaces as much as possible until this blows over, and cancel large events voluntarily, of our own free will. These actions will help us to prevent the spread of the virus and it will leave authorities with no excuses to crack down on the population in the name of public safety. Will others follow their lessons? It doesn’t look they will.
We are Anonymous!
We are Legion!
We do not forgive!
We do not forget!
Anonymous Million Mask March
Anonymous is readying for its coveted Million Mask March, each year Anons with all sorts of differing views, ideas, and goals come together united in unity to march in the street to peacefully show resistance and the governments of the world our presence.
The fifth of November like Christmas only happens once a year. The date is quickly approaching for activists and hacktivists who associate themselves with the decentralized leaderless Anonymous collective. Anons are beginning to organize together for rallies across the world. So grab a sign, print out your paper Guy Fawkes mask, (provided for convenience in this article), and get ready to remember the fifth of November.
This year activists from all over the world plan to partake in the march highlighting human rights abuses, the rise of the surveillance state, the dangers of losing our internet, and the combined loss of our ever-decreasing freedom of speech and press.
November 5th is also seen as a day to remember those within the collective who have been incarcerated and charged with the “Computer Fraud and Abuse Act” for their actions like Jeremy Hammond, or passed on like Aaron Swartz or the brother Tayyeb Shehadah, who was shot for protesting in Palestine by an Israeli sniper (mask seen below).
Anonymous is also planning to highlight the rise of internet legislation that seeks to use copyright as a means to censor independent, creative, and dissenting voices online. It’s an effort that activists from Anonymous Bites Back (ABB) have been spearheading the fight for, since last year against the likes of ACTA2, a copyright directive in Europe and U.S. net neutrality.
Although it’s worth noting that there are no specific goals for the march or collective, there is, however, an overarching desire within shared by many to combat censorship, promote freedom of speech, and counter government control within the collective. Anti-oppression and supporting whistleblowers seems to be something most can also agree on.
Anonymous actions have been taken against Sony, HB Gary, Aaron Barr, Operation Payback, and protests against organizations like Westboro Baptist, Church Of Scientology, and various governments worldwide including Iran, Egypt, Australia, and Ireland to name a few of those targeted in early Ops.
The collective utilizes a number of techniques such as digital web sit-ins (DoS attacks) with LOIC (sending HTTP header requests to sites), “rudimentary exploits”, d0xing and sometimes the more extreme hacking of a database and leaking of its tables and contents for the Lulz.
After all the ghouls and witches are away for Halloween (October 31st), millions of Anons around the world will meet on November 5th, drawn to Guy Fawkes, revolution, change, and the gunpowder plot, to make their presence known to world governments so they shall never be forgot.
Those who support the Anonymous idea, Discordianism, anarchy, fighting against government oppression, encryption, hacking, human rights, various activist causes for our animal friends and otherwise, justice and even those who just enjoy the Lulz of a website or database getting pwned by code, will all join together for a single day showcasing global unity, against the elite (the true vampires and goblins of our society.)
In other words, individuals of every race, ideological beliefs and social class will meet in streets all over the world to celebrate November 5th and the gunpowder plot which will never be forgotten, mirroring the movieas a symbol for standing against tyranny.
It is a day that historically has been marked with Anons protesting in the streets since 2011. All in an effort to remind the elite and other interests that “we are still here, we will remain a pain in your ass, and we aren’t going away.” As well as to ask a simple question to governments across the globe: “do you liek mudkipz and lulzboats?”
To paraphrase: “We are legion, we are many, we are the resistance against corrupt governments, and the corruption of this world. You are the disease and we are the antidote.”
Since 2011 after the rise of the Occupy Wall Street, meeting on November 5th has become a tradition for those who have chosen to be apart of the Anon collective idea.
For governments, November 5th and the headless symbol of Anonymous is seen as a form of resistance and dissent throughout the world. Earth’s citizens unite and protest elitist policies, corruption, and in some countries even oppression all in solidarity with each other (brothers and sisters) wearing Guy Fawkes masks to obscure identities and represent unity.
Historically, the feds have tried to discover what they deemed Anonymous’s “shadowy leadership” by spying on Anons at the march with Stingrays, drones and digital monitoring technology to tap conversations, albeit failing to realize its decentralized nature.
In the U.S. the DHS even recently used a modified version of the Anonymous “man without a head” logo in a presentation on surveillance. Ironically, the modified logo was copyrighted and was originally created for an article critical of Pakistan’s mass surveillance, Muckrock reported.
There are no leaders in Anonymous like the feds think; everyone networks and works together for common like-minded causes, be it hunting pedophiles, animal abusers, domestic terrorists or uniting together to stop laws against the Internet like ACTA, ACTA 2, SOPA, PIPA, CISPA and the cleverly named never forgotten CISPA 2.0, or numerous anti-war actions just to name a few of the collective’s operations over the years.
In 2011 the feds seemed to partially figure things out, noting in a DHS bulletin that Anonymous lacked “a centralized leadership structure and distributed (often international) personnel poses a significant hurdle for law enforcement organizations hoping to curb the flow of cyber attacks against organizations.”
Meanwhile, for those who support the idea of Anonymous decentralization, government transparency, and freedom for everyone, the march is seen as a day to meet, trek, network and form ideas with like minds, leaving behind hacktivist deeds that individuals of the collective might (or might not) have taken part in. (You do not talk about fight club; rule 9001 of the Internet – everyone is a fed, don’t brag.)
You don’t have to be a hacker to be Anonymous, Anons have a number of other skills used to support operations within the decentralized leaderless collective such as artwork, video editing, writing PRs, aiding whistleblowers and boots on the ground, the list goes on and on.
Anyone can be Anonymous. Full stop, no one tells someone they can’t be, it’s an idea and tactic not so much a group. Which, the media seems to confuse the concept a lot when discussing the collective.
Over the years, Guy Fawkes masks have even been outlawed at protests in some countries like Bahrain, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Canada to name just a few. In fact, even in the U.S. a Kentucky lawmaker recently filed a bill to ban masks at protests in the state in 2017.
Year after year the Million Mask March has been a historical event.
But as Anonymous Bites back (ABB) notes, “this year it will not be just Anonymous marching, others will stand with us, together, unleashing a peaceful but powerful scream for freedom.”
Anonymous Bites Back as a media team will be present at many marches around the world, and the group of volunteer activists promises they will attempt to stream most of the events live. If you want to broadcast and need help, feel free to contact @YourMarkLubbers on Twitter, Facebook Million Mask March World Wide, and AnonymousWorldWide on Youtube.
Want to meet others and perhaps travel together? Many organizers and participants assemble on social media, others are joining a chat server on Discord: Click Here.
This Discord server also has a lot of promo material in it, including free printable masks. Do you just want to march and not join any server or social media, printable masks and flyers are also available here: Click Here
However, Anonymous warns of the spread of fake march locations that can either be set up as honeypots or just a waste of your time. One such site which will not be linked to prevent improving its SEO, that should be avoided for information on the marches is actually titled: “millionmaskmarch.com.” The website among a host of other websites is run by a suspected FBI informant who is only known as General Christine Anne Sands, an obvious alias for the fraud despised by the Anonymous collective.
Although, Anonymous states that this year Sand’s website can expect the collective and “will be a heavy target leading up to the marches so that newbies don’t use her map to find a march location.”
The collective also warns:
Even though the Million Mask March is a fully legal and peaceful event, remember to stay safe. Keep your masks on and do not share any private information about yourself with anyone. Online and offline. Sail safe.
It’s also not out of the question to see data drops from hacktivists within the collective to celebrate the occasion and in the past this has almost always been a given.
Participants in the march are reminded that peaceful protest is encouraged and violence is discouraged, the collective will not support your individual actions in its name.
If individuals choose to be violent they do so on their own accord and fully understand the consequences that may ensue for others participating in the Million Mask March in their area, which will likely include tear gas and brutal response from riot cops. Be respectful of your fellow marchers this is not a time to riot, but a time to celebrate and show presence.
If you are interested in attending and showing your government a civil presence you can find your closest Million Mask March location on Pastebin, by searching Twitter or Fedbook (Facebook) with the terms “million mask march [your city]” or visiting the Million Mask March Locations website (here), which is operated by those in the collective organizing the marches, constantly being updated with more cities global.
Since there are no official accounts that represent the whole idea of Anonymous, the march is expected to be vast and wide across the world and this list should be assumed to be incomplete. We are legion, we are anonymous we do not forgive, we do not forget expect us on your streets!
Hackers Stole Money From The Corporations and Donated to Charity
A hacktivist group calling themselves the “Darkside Hackers” reportedly donated at least $10,000 in stolen money to two different charities. The donations were made anonymously, but the services used by the hackers are attempting to trace the transactions and return the money to its rightful owners.
It has not yet been proven if their claims are true, but the Darkside Hackers claim that they have extorted millions of dollars from companies in ransomware attacks, and they say that they are now using some of that money to “make the world a better place.” Investigators using blockchain analysis seem to think that the group’s claims are true, and that they could be behind high-profile attacks on companies including Travelex.
In a post made on the dark web, accounts claiming to represent the Darkside Hackers posted receipts for $10,000 in Bitcoin donations that went to two charities, Children International and The Water Project. According to the receipts, the donors also received a tax credit for their donations, but in this case, if the hackers attempted to write these donations off as credits on tax day they would end up exposing themselves in the process, and this is something that they are probably aware of. Authorities have raised concerns about criminals using blockchain charity services to launder money, but plenty of money laundering is done through charities regardless of the technology or financial services employed.
Children International has responded to the controversy by saying that it will not be keeping the money if it is stolen. The Water Project has not yet commented on the donation, but if it is determined that the funds were stolen, the platform that facilitated the donations will likely be returning the money anyway.
The donations were made through a platform called the Giving Block, which is the primary source for charities to legitimately receive cryptocurrency donations online. The Giving Block is used by 67 different non-profits from around the world including Save The Children, Rainforest Foundation and She’s The First.
According to a dark web blog post, the hackers claim that they attack megacorporations with ransomware attacks that freeze a company’s entire system until the ransom is paid.
“We think that it’s fair that some of the money the companies have paid will go to charity. No matter how bad you think our work is, we are pleased to know that we helped changed someone’s life. Today we sended (sic) the first donations,” the blog post read, according to BBC.
In a statement to the BBC, The Giving Block said that it would return the funds to their rightful owners if it is determined that they were indeed stolen.
“We are still working to determine if these funds were actually stolen. If it turns out these donations were made using stolen funds, we will of course begin the work of returning them to the rightful owner,” the statement read.
Establishment sources are pretending to be confused about why cybercriminals would steal something only to give it away, while the group’s statements make it very obvious that they are on a sort of Robin Hood quest to take from the rich and give to the poor. It is a way of taking direct action to address the inequality that they see in the world and punish the corporate class that they perceive as criminal and above the law.
Protesters In France Attack Police Station With Fireworks And Metal Bars
New protests erupted in France over the weekend, and demonstrators seem to be expressing a variety of different frustrations. During protests in the Paris suburb of Champigny on Saturday night, at least 40 demonstrators armed with metal bars and fireworks stormed the local police station.
“Violent attack last night on the police station of Champigny with mortar shots and various projectiles. No police officer was injured,” the Paris police headquarters said on Sunday.
Videos posted from the scene showed a large number of fireworks being shot in the direction of the police station. The protesters attempted to force their way into the police station, but they were unable to get inside.
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) October 11, 2020
Police later reported that there were a few smashed windows at the police station and a few damaged cars.
Despite the chaotic scene, no one was arrested. According to Reuters, this is the third attack on the very same police station in the past two years. The station is located near a low-income area that is frequently overpoliced, and the presence of police officers is often unwelcome to the community, who see the police as an occupying force.
Champigny Mayor Laurent Jeanne said the attack may have been triggered after a scooter accident that local residents blamed on the police.
“It was an organised attack of about 40 people who wanted to do battle. For a few days it has been tense with people who have a certain willingness to do battle with the police,” he told BFM TV.
The mayor called the protesters “gang leaders,” and posted in support of the police on Twitter.
On Monday, police across France protested in front of their stations, demanding protection and recognition.
“I hear politicians say that the authority of the state must not be trampled. I totally agree with that. I would like to see actions to prove that this will not happen again,” Grégory Joron, a representative for the Unité SGP Police Force Ouvrière union told Reuters.
Last month, the human rights organization Amnesty International said that authorities in France are taking advantage of newly implemented emergency pandemic laws to arrest thousands of peaceful protesters.
A new report from the organization titled “Arrested for protest: Weaponizing the law to crack down on peaceful protesters in France” documents how a blanket ban on protests following the COVID-19 -lockdown, was disproportionate and resulted in hundreds of unjustified fines. It also finds that long before the pandemic, first aiders, journalists and human rights observers were among those targeted under other vague laws during nationwide protest movements that began in late 2018.
Between November 2018 and July 2019, 11,203 Yellow Vests protesters were placed in pre-charge detention, according to the organization.
These protesters have been arrested and prosecuted for activities that should not constitute a criminal offense. In 2018 and 2019, more than 40,000 people, including protesters, were convicted on the basis of vague laws, including “contempt of public officials”, “participation in a group with a view to committing violent acts” and “organizing a protest without complying with notification requirements.”
France is just one of many countries that is in the midst of coming to terms with the role of police officers in society. All over the world, people who feel persecuted by police are beginning to speak out against the injustice they face on a daily basis, and instead of hearing the complaints and promising change, police are demanding more “respect” authority and submission from populations that are tired of being pushed around.
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