Despite the media’s fixation on the idea that all hacks have to have been performed by the group known only as Anonymous, this one wasn’t one of them. Read more…
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There has been a video put on Youtube clearly showing the Fox News station, famous for its banner of news around the building being hacked. The video (unconfirmed for authenticity, but rather obviously a genuine one) was posted on May 30th, 2011 and shows a young girl being filmed getting off the underground train system at Rockefeller Center[sic] Station and walking over to the “Fox News Corporation” building. The girl then rings up an Anon (presumably) and states they are ready.
Fox News studio’s banner via Wikipedia
Across the live banner stream comes a man’s message :
“We are being lied to. Rightwingers[sic] are destroying the middle class and trying to kill our unions. The country is not broke. We are the richest country in the world. USA is twice as rich as China. Our economy is bigger than most of Europe combined. We are not broke. We are being lied to. We will rise up. We will fight back. We will spread the truth.”
The first thing that struck me as odd when reading THIS article was that there was no typical Anonymous sign-off of the video: Anonymous always ends all their official messages with:
“We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
This should have been the first tip-off for the media that it clearly wasn’t an Anonymous “operation”. It is important to note that despite the media’s fixation with this being performed by Anonymous, the man quite clearly states in a re-post of the video that it has nothing to do with them. Had the author of the original article done even a tiny amount of research, he would have come to the clear conclusion that no, Anonymous was not responsible for this:
Last night I hacked into the FoxNews news ticker on 6th avenue in NYC.
Here’s the video. If you’d like to know why, just read the message in the hack.
I accessed the Fox ticker basically to get your attention. Also because Fox deserves it: they’re the 24/7 mouthpiece of the right wing. They are huge perpetuators of the big lie.
This country isn’t broke. Question is: where is the money going?
Americans have a right to know their pockets are being fleeced by corporations and tax breaks for the ultra-wealthy and we can no longer tolerate the deceit FoxNews is perpetuating.
For the record, I am not connected to Anonymous or any of the recent attacks on the PSN, PBS, Nasdaq or So-net.
We are being lied to and you cannot stop Americans from fighting for the truth. Sorry my friend is somewhat annoyingly enthusiastic in the video but it’s one of the best hacks in recent memory so cut her a break.”
Though this man denies that Anonymous had anything to do with it (which is entirely believable and in all probability true), one certainly has the feeling that this person is a fringe member (if such terminology can be applied) of the group.
It appears as if the motivation for this hack came from a comment posted on the MSNBC website on a story about PBS being hacked and a fake “Tupac is alive and well” article was put onto the site. Find that comment HERE and a follow-up HERE.
It simply asks why someone doesn’t just hack Fox News if they feel the need to hack PBS for it’s perceived pedalling of lies. it appears this hacker read this and then acted upon it hours later.
Personally, I say good on him. He has got his message out there and managed to do it in such a way so as to avoid resorting to violence or similar such inflammatory means as many activists seem to do (think Greenpeace in the 80s, think the IRA in the 80s/90s, think the Animal Liberation Front currently – all have resorted to violence, yet this person has managed to peaceably get a message across).
One assumes this is only the beginning of what the hacker wants to achieve.
I can’t wait.
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