For those of you who have been in the loop with everyone’s favorite hacker group Anonymous, three members were arrested last Friday in Spain for their involvement in the long-running Sony hacks. Many gamers rejoiced after this, but of course, the alleged paragons of free speech that they are then hacked Spain’s police website, which is another way of saying “We Are Legion.” Given the loose-knit nature of the organization though, it’s really impossible to discern if they were acting in unison or if it was just a decentralized attack.
The latest news is that thirty two additional Anonymous members were arrested in Turkey for hacking the Turkish government severs after plans were announced for Turkey to introduce a new internet filter.
“The government now wants to impose a new filtering system on the 22nd of August that will make it possible to keep records of all the people’s internet activity. Though it remains opaque why and how the system will be put in place, it is clear that the government is taking censorship to the next level,” said Anonymous in a statement.
I can’t really say I blame the Turkish government for wanting to filter the internet given some of the pretty raunchy and weird stuff out there, but I can also understand Anonymous’ point of view. However, these men (going on the assumption that they are all malnourished pasty males in their mid-to-late twenties) still did break the law, and regardless of the ethical debate surrounding censorship, still deserve to be punished to the full extent of Turkish law. That may fly in the good ‘ol U, S, of A, but in Turkey, things work a bit differently, and it sounds like these Anonymous folk jumped into waters a bit too deep for them.