This was the sight that greeted the 160,000 followers of one of Anonymous‘s myriad Twitter accounts earlier today. The hackers’ official Twitter feed had itself been hacked, by a group with which it has collaborated before, on a teenage mercy mission and which goes by the name of Rustle League. The infiltrators announced their deed with chutzpah and some chess symbols.
— ♚ⓐⓛⓓⓘ ⓔⓡⓛⓐⓝⓖⓖⓐ™♚ (@erlanggaaldi) February 21, 2013
Two hours later, Anonymous had restored order to their official chaos and disorder mouthpiece. (Memo to Anonymous: have you changed your password? It’s useful to use a combination of numbers, letters and symbols, and P@55w0rD won’t do.)
We’re back to business!
— Anonymous Operations (@Anon_Central) February 21, 2013
There has been hackery everywhere this week, from the lower level, such as Burger King’s Twitter account, which may have brought a smile to your face. And then there’s the mid-level hack, which affects normal people on an everyday level–both Facebook and Apple fell victim to what may or may not have been a crime ring from Eastern Europe who are in the business of industrial secrets and, maybe user passwords. And then there’s the top-grade stuff, which is the stuff that 21st-century John Le Carre novels should be made of, which involves government agencies and media organizations and which may or may not be down to the inhabitants of a large, unprepossessing white tower block on the outskirts of Shanghai.