Namefagging – or why it is so hard to stay anonymusJanuary 31, 2008 at 12:27 am | Posted in Culture, Internet | Leave a comment
Tags: 4chan, 711chan, Hacker war, hackers, Scientology
This is an interesting follow-up to the Privacy/Transparent Human debate this week: The ‘Anonymous’ hacker group who had declared war on Scientology (but had accidentally launched a hacker war in which unrelated individuals were harmed) was apparently made vulnerable because some members had been unable to STAY anonymous, as they too much enjoyed to put their name to what they where doing. Mind Richard’s comment (with which I don’t agree whole-heartedly, yet Anonymous case proves he has got a point): “As soon as you’re registering with a service on the Internet, you should be prepared to being associated with that service sooner or later. And frankly, this is what most people who make ample use of Web2.0 services want.” As a hacker, you BETTER KEEP A LOW PROFILE – but that seems hard to do.
Read this message on Anonymous’ (now hi-jacked and exposed) virtual home 711chan.org:
It has been said before that this raid would fail, and although we do not see that happening at this moment, we as a network have taken a vote and decided that this raid on Church of Scientology was not done correctly.
It has come to our attention that this raid has evolved into more than Anonymous attacking Co$, the raid has turned into namefagging, giving people an area to attack.
This is not what the raid originally started as. Partyvan declares this as a threat to the network, and Anonymous alike. We have been under constant botnet attacks, 711chan hacked, and tons of drama over this. You guys did a very poor job of staying Anonymous. It’s obvious that a lot of you broke rules 1, and 2.
We are sorry to inform you that any more of this Scientology stuff will no longer be allowed on this network due to the epic amounts of spam, namefagging, and bullshit that goes on.
You may feel free to use our Wiki as a base, but 711chan will no longer support the ‘raid’ either.
Long live Anonymous.
For those who want to continue this, please join this network instead.
/server -m irc.esylum.net -j #xenu
711chan in whole will be back online shortly. Just stick with us guys. We love you.
Damn. I fully supported Anonymous’ cause (they were also the originators of that spooky video). Too bad a few namefags brought a beautiful project to its knees. Urban Dictionary’s definition of a namefag:
Term used on 4chan.org for people who post using a name instead of simply post as “anonymous” like most others do. Usually used as in insult.
Namedude: I didn’t really like that movie.
Anonymous: STFU namefag, that movie was awesome!
4chan.org. Another mystery to be solved. Why ‘chan’ is a favourite ending to obscure communities to start with.