That’s it! Game over, man! Game over!

You Cannot Cut Off That Which Does Not Exist

In a recent statement, the FBI claims the infamous hacktivist group known as Anonymous has been neutralized!

We can spy on you, we have the authority!
We will lie to you, entrap and incarcerate you.
We will detain you, we exercise our command!
We have drained you, when you tried to make a stand!

The FBI believes the fingering of core members of “Lulz Security” members, Topiary (Jake Davis), Tflow (Mustafa Al-Bassam), Kayla (Ryan Ackroyd) and ViraL (Ryan Cleary) by Sabu (Hector Xavier Monsegur) has been a “huge deterrent effect.”

“All of these guys were major players in the Anonymous movement, and a lot of people looked to them just because of what they did,” says Austin P. Berglas, the assistant special agent in charge of the bureau’s cyber division in New York.

After “Sabu” turned informant (editors note: i.e. a snitch), the FBI arrested four additional important members of Lulz Security. All five hackers have pled guilty, claiming responsibility for attacks against Sony Pictures as well as Fox’s X-Factor reality TV series. Along with LulzSec, the FBI also arrested a sixth individual at that time who operated with another group, Antisec.

Sabu’s capture was made possible when he fouled up and left his IP address exposed – a strangely amateur mistake for someone collaborating with AntiSec or LulzSec. After they were able to identify this IP address, the FBI followed the trail of breadcrumbs all the way to Sabu’s location in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

According to Berglas, Sabu’s actions and the subsequent arrests have led to an “added layer of distrust” within Anonymous.
“The movement is still there, and they’re still yacking (sic) on Twitter and posting things, but you don’t hear about these guys coming forward with those large breaches,” he said. “It’s just not happening, and that’s because of the dismantlement of the largest players.”
I found it interesting when Berglas mentioned how his investigators have become very adept at breaking encryption methods used to protect computer files (I guess it is time for me to change my encryption scheme, ok, ok fine Mr. FBI Man, my master password is TH3FB|C@N5UCK|T). I also find Berglas’ claim funny. It may be true (I don’t believe it to be) or it may just be hyperbole. Either way, ASAC Berglas, aren’t you forgetting something?

We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.

What do you think? Has the FBI brought down Anonymous? I’m not so sure.

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