The local versions, by contrast, are much more proactive. No incident required to invoke a response. For the best examples, let’s go to Latin America. In Brazil, Argentina and Mexico there have been numerous attacks that did not react to any specific incident. Rather, the idea was attack for the sake of attack. Though we can’t give precise numbers since it’s very difficult to follow activity globally, but it seems quite clear that this category of attacks is much higher by volume. In Brazil Anonymous attacked several major Brazilian government agencies, two major airlines and recently took down most government agencies in Rio. In Argentina, where several attacks took down banks and government agencies as well.
What are the lessons?
- Anonymous may be quieter, but only in your region.
- Anonymous is much more active in developing countries, where presumably there is a larger pool of politically motivated hacktivists.
- Watch out for incidents that can spark a global response.
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