Hver er q?

Í næsta mánuði kemur út bókin ‘We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency.’ Þar rekur Parmy Olson, yfirmaður London skrifstofu Forbes, sögu Anonymous hreyfingarinnar. Bókin byggir á viðtölum við ýmsa meðlimi Anonymous sem lýsa tilurð hópsins og þeim aðgerðum sem hann hefur gripið til [1. Í kynningartexta bókarinnar segir:

A different kind of Internet history fuels “We Are Anonymous,” Parmy Olson’s reportorial, very accessible account of the global hackers whose targets included PayPal, the Church of Scientology, Sony Entertainment and the Vatican before one of them, Hector Monsegur, known as Sabu, became an F.B.I. informant and brought the hackers’ methods to light.

Reported by the London bureau chief of Forbes, this book delves into the recesses of the so-called Deep Web to understand the saboteurs’ mind-set and methods. The drama in this story is akin to that in the film “The Social Network.” It links teenage rebelliousness, cyberpranks and increasingly dirty Web tricks to dangerous consequences in the flesh and blood world.].

Fyrir nokkrum dögum birtust á vefnum cryptome.org nokkur pdf-skjöl með hluta úr bókinni. Í einu þeirra er sögð sagan af því hvernig Julian Assange hjá Wikileaks hafði, ásamt íslenskum samstarfsmanni sínum sem nefndur er q, samband við Anonymous hópinn í júní 2011. Assange hafði fylgst af ánægju með því þegar LulsZec, hluti Anonymous, réðst á vefsíðu CIA. Í bókinni segir:

Then q went on to explain why he and Assange had contacted LulzSec: they wanted help infiltrating several Icelandic corporotion and government sites. They had many reasons for wanting retribution. A young WikiLeaks member had recently gone to Iceland and been arrested. WikiLeaks had also been bidding for access to a data center in an underground bunker but had lost out to another corporate bidder after the government denied them the space.

Another journalist who supported WikiLeaks was being held by authorities. Assange and q appeared to want LulsZec to try to grab the e-mail service of government sites, then look for evidence of corruption or at least evidence that the government was unfairly targeting Wikileaks. The picture they were trying to paint was of the Icelandic government trying to suppress WikiLeaks’s freedom to spread information. If they could leak such evidence, they explained, it could help instigate an uprising of sorts in Iceland and beyond.

Í aftanmálsgrein er svo greint frá því að þessar upplýsingar séu fengnar úr myndbandsupptöku af samtali Sabu, eins af leiðtogum Anonymous (ef leiðtoga skyldi kalla), og q[2. Dialogue from the discussion between Sabu and q is taken from the same video, which also featured text from the IRC channel they were both in at the time. Sources close to WikiLeaks confirm that q had organized meetings in the past between Assange and other third parties via IRC, and that q is from Iceland]. Þar segir að heimildamenn nátengdir Wikileaks staðfesti að q sé frá Íslandi.

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