Anonymous has changed a lot in the past few years from ragtag group of hackers to a massive force to be reckoned with. One of its more prolific members, Christopher Doyon, is now on the run from U.S. law enforcement after taking down the county Web site of Santa Cruz, California. He sat down with the National Post to reveal some of the plans that Anonymous has this year.
The biggest news is that Doyon claims Anonymous has access to "every classified database in the U.S. government." He tells the National Post that they got this information through informants and civilians, not through hacking or extortion. As Doyon puts it:
The five-star general (and) the Secretary of Defense 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.
He says that it's a matter of when, not if, when it comes to Anonymous leaking this information to the general public. They have already assisted with a massive leak this year when they took part in the Wikileaks campaign that saw private information from Stratfor revealed to the public.
As for the other interesting parts of the interview, Doyor claims that there is a new "underground railroad" with safehouses running through Canada for hacktivists and other Anonymous members on the run. They are apparently able to do this through the help of contacts from within the Canadian government. He and others probably can't stay for long, however, as Canada will only provide limited support for the short term. He is in talks with "several countries in Europe" to set up a permanent political asylum for hacktivists like himself.
Finally, Doyon explains the concept behind being a leader in a leaderless organization like Anonymous. He says that the collective doesn't choose leaders. The people who speak for Anonymous and those that are looked up to are the ones who devote their lives to the cause. He says that most members of Anonymous can't commit the 12 hours a day to Anonymous like he does, and that's fine. His role is to give operations to the "IT guy or a cable installer with a few hours to spare."
The rest of the interview deals with the protests in Canada alongside what the relationship between hacktivists and law enforcement. It's a fascinating read and one of the few moments where we get to see what's really going on behind the masks. The guys running the Twitter accounts can unfortunately only say so much.