OpDDD: Anonymous urges to member to unfollow DailyDot after Sabu writes for it
Anonymous has asked fellow members and its followers to Unfollow The Daily Dot on finding Sabu writing for the popular news site
Sabu aka Hector Xavier Monsegur who is referred as snitch or rat in around the Anonymous community and the supporters of Jeremy Hammond. He had snitched on the Anonymous community by working as a federal witness which caused Jeremy Hammond and several others to end up in prison. Earlier in January Sabu reviewed the hacker movie blackhat for Dailydot Politics. the story was submitted under the byline of Kevin Collier a senior political writer for The Dailydot.
While looking into the story does not suggest or hint anything about Sabu writing for the Dailydot, but a simple review which was made by Kevin Collier with the help of Sabu view on the movie. However earlier this week another review this time of ‘CSI: Cyber’ was posted on Daily Dot under the byline of Hector “Sabu” Monsegur himself, Thecryptosphere reported
Anonymous later started operation #OpDDD, asking Anonymous members and followers to unfollow and block The Daily Dot website and its advertisers.
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) March 9, 2015
Many were astonished with Anonymous’s decision this time as it goes against their own rules of engagement of which do not allow attack on media outlets.
A press release made by Anonymous said that The Daily Dot earlier used Anonymous to gain the popularity and has now betrayed them. The press release by them on Pastebin paste stated,
“Anonymous does not attack media nor does it censor it, however there are various ways to hold those who build their media empires and careers on the backs of movements, actions, and individuals accountable. #OpDDD / Operation Destroy Daily Dot is a boycott action, given that Daily Dot was given its credibility, celebrity, and wealth on the back of Anonymous and our operations, we seek to destroy it in the same manner it rose.”
It is known that one of the Daily Dot’s author, Dell Cameron was one of the Admins of YourAnonNews Twitter Account, a position, which later he handed over to some other activist who was deemed more worthy of controlling it.
The conflict on the Twitter account, and how some Anonymous members were against Cameron and Daily Dot has been coming into light time to time.
Anonymous’s tweet which started with asking people to simply unfollow Daily Dot later added how Daily Dot profited from Anonymous, trying to bring back the history of relations between the Anonymous group and the Daily Dot.
However this time Anonymous seems to have a strong point with Sabu contributing for the Daily Dot.
Daily Dot later published an article describing the entire conflict and how it worked to bring thousands of unknown facts about the Monsegur’s and Jeremy Hammond’s case in open and how Monsegur cooperated with FBI as its informant.
The Daily Dot has led the industry in its investigations into Monsegur’s role and impact—both financial and personal—as an FBI informant. Working through a cache of sealed court documents—thousands of previously unseen chat logs and police records from the prosecution of hacker Jeremy Hammond—we found that Monsegur (not Hammond) actually directed the 2011 Stratfor hack, one of the most significant and costly cyberattacks of the last decade.
We followed that up by revealing, for the first time, the 30 countries Monsegur led cyberattacks against while working as an FBI informant, with particular emphasis on his coordinated attacks on Turkey. These investigations called into question not only the FBI’s stated timeline of events, in regards to the Stratfor hack, but also its ability to monitor its own informants. It’s worth noting that our investigations are ongoing.
Finally Daily Dot summed up the article that, it believes that every voice matters to be heard and it does not necessarily agree with or endorse the views in each story it publishes.
The author Abhishek Kumar Jha
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