This link should be required reading for anyone who uses the internet.
An excerpt on Salon from what looks to be a fascinating book by Parmy Olson, it's about the group Anonymous. Whatever you want to call them (and good luck even defining 'them') - hackers, hacktivists, thugs, geniuses - watch what happens when a self-annointed 'cybersecurity expert' gambles, and loses. Big.
I'm writing a piece on bullying right now, and it's interesting that my time out from that was this piece. Is Anonymous a bully? I dunno. I'm having a wickedly hard time reconciling what has happened to the world economy due to the bullying and lying and outright degenerate behaviour of supposed business and political 'leaders'. I'm leaning towards loving that this crew handed this stupid fool his butt on a platter.
Corruption, both legal and illegal, has destroyed millions of lives. This piece is a brilliant peek into the what's really behind the curtain: not much. Wikileaks changed the landscape, and it looks like the internet really is the next wild west. It's going to be interesting to see who rides into town.