Though Anonymous has been very quiet in wake of the LulzSec arrests, a supposed high-ranking spokesperson for the Hacktivist group has made an extremely bold claim just recently.
In a recent interview with the National Post, Christopher Doyon (also known as “Commander X”) is stating that the Anonymous “collective” has access to every “classified” database in the US Government. Before I continue with posting the snippet where Christopher makes the claim, I’d like to give some of my thoughts on this.
1. While it’s interesting to think that a rebellious and de-centralized organization may have access to all these “classified” US databases, it’s highly unlikely. I’m not saying they don’t have access or that it’s impossible, but rather it’s a low probability. This leads me to #2….
2. Commander X states that they didn’t gain access to all this classified information via attacks or hacking. Rather, he claims they have insiders inside the government feeding them intel. This is somewhat believable (see also: Bradley Manning), but if I were an attacker and I had classified intel coming to me from the inside, I wouldn’t be showing my “hand” by publicly stating it on the Internet.
3. I’m a bit curious as to what kind of classified information Anonymous supposedly has access to – Alien coverups/Area 51? Project Blue Beam? HAARP? 9/11? NATO? DHS? While it’s nice to talk the talk one must also be able to walk the walk. That said, if this were just all talk, it’s safe to assume that “scare-tactics” don’t work on the US Government.
As I promised, here’s the snippet of the interview where Commander X makes his claim:
Q. What’s next for Anonymous?
A: Right now we have access to every classified database in the U.S. government. It’s a matter of when we leak the contents of those databases, not if. You know how we got access? We didn’t hack them. The access was given to us by the people who run the systems. The five-star general (and) the Secretary of Defence who sit in the cushy plush offices at the top of the Pentagon don’t run anything anymore. It’s the pimply-faced kid in the basement who controls the whole game, and Bradley Manning proved that. The fact he had the 250,000 cables that were released effectively cut the power of the U.S. State Department in half. The Afghan war diaries and the Iran war diaries effectively cut the political clout of the U.S. Department of Defence in half. All because of one guy who had enough balls to slip a CD in an envelope and mail it to somebody.
Now people are leaking to Anonymous and they’re not coming to us with this document or that document or a CD, they’re coming to us with keys to the kingdom, they’re giving us the passwords and usernames to whole secure databases that we now have free reign over. … The world needs to be concerned.
Christopher Doyon is currently an FBI fugitive on the run and has sought asylum in Canada. He is currently facing 15 years in prison (if caught), but managed to get into Canada by what he is calling “the new underground railroad”. Christopher also claims to have taken part in some of the large public hacks that happened last year – mainly Sony & PayPal.
My opinion on this interview/story is that it is just that – a story. With the group being as de-centralized as it is, it’s difficult to tell which threats and promises are coming from real “Anons” and which are coming from off-shoot groups. If Doyon and the rest of Anonymous really do have access, then 2012 is about to get very interesting. If not though, it may just fall to the wayside of other over-hyped talk – such as “Operation Facebook”.
Only time will tell to see if any of this pans out.