Corman says that Anonymous was by design decentralized, but that loose structure has enabled just about anyone to carry out attacks and attribute them to Anonymous. In some cases -- like the assistance groups using the name Anonymous gave to support uprisings in the Middle East -- the actions may coincide with what the groups founders intended.
But a change has occurred and now Anonymous attacks have less clear motivations, Corman says. "It's a franchise. Some people took the name and did Arab Spring and used it locally," he says. "Then it was hijacked by smaller groups and now it's become something of a public nuisance."
Krypt3ia gives them less credit. "I think they just wanted to smash things, and if they get caught, we say, 'We believe this ...'" he says. "You want to out people for doing bad things, do it right. ... Stop taking down stuff that's unimportant."
He says Anonymous should do its homework better and use other methods than network attacks and infiltration. "Learn your target," he says. "Know what they're doing. The only real dirt comes from insiders, people in the know who have access to very dirty things."
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