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Decoding "Anonymous": Who Is the Activist Group Threatening Bernanke and the Fed?

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The growing power of the hacker group raises controversy and concern.

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So are they "good guys" or are they a threat?
The members of Anonymous claim to be defenders of truth and seekers of knowledge, but going by descriptions of the group's chaotic methods and structure, its members may soon find themselves with a whole lot of power and no real leadership. This has some sobering implications: for example, what if enough members decided to paralyze a major institution without fully considering the ramifications?

Writing for the Guardian, Jana Herwig, a PhD Candidate in Media Studies at the University of Vienna explains:


If one understands Anonymous, the group, as a contemporary, post-adolescent mask society and Anonymous, the collective identity, as its mask, activities such as Operation Payback appear in a new light: they, too, can be read as an attempt to exert social control ... through punishing them with DDoS attacks.

Although it may be unfeasible to take down the heavily protected Federal Reserve computer system at this point in time, there's no one to say it will be impossible forever. How far will our authorities go in preventing this sort of power from consolidating? What does that mean for freedom of speech and expression on the internet? Is there something inherently wrong with citizens banding together over a single cause to generate change?

For now, even the experts have more questions than answers. But if one thing is for sure, it's that the notoriety of these 'hacktivists' is about to leap out of the chat rooms and into everyone's lives.

Watch Ctrl+Alt+Bernanke below:

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