[ISN] Anonymous a threat to critical infrastructure? Expert says no

http://www.canada.com/news/national/Anonymous+threat+critical+infrastructure+Expert+says/7734843/story.html By Jordan Press Postmedia News December 21, 2012 OTTAWA — One year ago, three federal security agencies focused their eyes on Anonymous. One labelled the collective the modern face of hacktivism. Another warned Anonymous could soon have the ability to take down critical infrastructure such as water systems and the electricity grid. The reports were written at a time when it was easier to study and understand how members of the collective operated. A year later, Anonymous members have gone deeper underground. The arrest of Jeremy Hammond, who faces life in prison for his alleged role in leaking credit card information and internal emails from security firm Strategic Forecasting Inc., and the hacker-turned-informant Hector Xavier Monsegur, have forced hacker groups that form part of the Anonymous collective to become “more scattered and secretive,” said Gabriella Coleman, an international expert on Anonymous from McGill University. “They’re the type of phenomena that can slip away, vanish and recede,” Coleman said. “On the other hand, everything is in place for other strong strings of attacks because it doesn’t take long to bring them (anons) into being.” […]
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