Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Beheading the Headless

How do you "behead" an organization which has no leadership?

That's the $64,000 question as reports are coming in from Turkey and Spain regarding the arrests of suspected members of the "hacktivist" group Anonymous this past week.

With the arrests of over 30 individuals, 9 of whom were minors, Turkey is claiming to have apprehended several of the key leaders of the group in retaliation for an internet assault against the government's networks.

Anonymous released a statement claiming responsibility for the attack against Turkey, which was carried out in protest of a new system which it claims the government will use to censor the internet in its' country, beginning in August.

As this cyber war between governments and internet activists continues, the glaring question is: How do you destroy an organization which has no definitive leadership? And even if there was a clear leadership structure to the group, what would removing the head of the snake even accomplish? As we have seen in the wake of the death of Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda seems to still be organized enough to carry out terrorist acts in Yemen and other areas.

The fact of the matter is Anonymous, much like the Hydra of Greek myth, will only continue to sprout three heads for every one removed. As these governments continue to use Gestapo-esque practices in an attempt to control its citizens and the flow of information, it will only serve to infuriate more faceless individuals to join the cause.

Grab some popcorn and settle in for the long haul, boys and girls. This is only going to get more interesting.


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