If you haven’t heard of the anon group then you’ve either been living under a rock or you’ve got a life.
I spent quite some time scoping out Anon on their IRC channels, forums and so on. Most of their ‘followers’ are between 12 and 16 years old. They’re easily led and on the whole, not as technically minded as you’d expect.
Being young and impressionable (majority), the idea of fighting for freedom is enough to spur them onto attacking pretty much anyone. Even when the action they’ll be taking is against a completely innocent person/company or completely goes against the idea of freedom and free speech.
Although the media portrays Anon as a loosely knit group with no leaders, this isn’t really the case.
Anonnews is operated by joepie91 and he’s one of the main leaders with regards to launching DDoS attacks. He updates the IRC channels that tell LOIC which websites should be attacked.
Ironically (considering anons “free speech” motto) joepie91 is one of the most oppressive leaders of anon. Regularly banning anyone from the anon IRC servers and anonnews who point out a flaw in an operation or a reason why it shouldn’t go ahead.
Those who say anon don’t have leaders are very much mistaken – usually misled by the medias romantic portrayal of the anon group. The “anon” that the world know and love (or hate as is usually the case), the group that launch most of the attacks are very much led by a handful of people. Joepie91 being one of them.
I post this information here in the hope that if others do the same, there will eventually be enough data to string together in order to catch the handful of people who are actually orchestrating these attacks and put an end to this nonsense.