Friday, April 27, 2012

To be or not to be Anonymous

There is no such thing as Anonymity on the Internet. You can remain anonymous only as long as no one is interested in knowing who you are. Once that changes it is not too difficult to determine the identity, location of individuals provided one has enormous resources at once disposal and sufficient power( i.e government agencies).

To err is human and all one needs to do is wait till the person choosing to be anonymous commits a mistake. Sadly, that is the nature of the Internet, every action of yours leaves an electronic trail than can be traced to a computer, mobile network and region.

To rephrase an old quote...
You can be anonymous to some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but nobody can be anonymous to all the people all the time.
Nobody has learnt this lesson better than our Hacktivist friends at Lulzsec who were unmasked last month  after their leader turned out to be an FBI informant.

As I have previously posted, Political Activists in India have been tracked over the Internet leading to their arrests and murders. Indian security agencies have been trained and are being assisted by foreign agencies in this effort.

A Police academy in Hyderabad has emerged as hotspot for carrying out this training, surveillance along with other centres in Nagpur, Ahmedabad and Chennai.

It is believed that One in four US hackers 'is an FBI informer'. The FBI and US secret service have used the threat of prison to create an army of informers among hackers all over the world.

In such a scenario it won't be surprising to know that many of the anonymous pro-maoist websites, could have links to security agencies in India and abroad and unknowingly have helped them keep a tab on Maoist supporters and trap the occasional Maoist leader.

Many of these website attract new sympathisers like a honey pot and leave them exposed to surveillance.

Trust no website or person on-line. If you don't understand the Internet stay away from the Internet and people who spend time on the Internet. Kindly read this Disclaimer about visting this website.

This is just a reminder to readers of this website and other blogs.

1 comment:

  1. I want to join naxalite movement. How it is possible


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