Anonymous Arrested Again! This Time… In Turkey

on June 13, 2011 5:00 PM

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.

 /  Contributing Writer
Daniel Horowitz is currently a Writing/Film student at Sarah Lawrence College, where he previously worked as a film technician and teacher assistant despite having little technical knowledge. He is currently abroad studying play-writing at Oxford University in the UK. Daniel likes to think of himself as a weird combination of Captain America and Hunter S Thompson minus the extensive drug use. As a result, he can often be found lifting things, fighting for justice, and being a crazy outlaw journalist on the edge who doesn't play by the rules. When he’s not writing about, reviewing, or playing games, music, and occasionally writing well-paying profiles of businessman, Daniel thinks about what exactly he'll end u doing with his life post-graduation. Daniel plans on either going to graduate school for an MFA, or more realistically, getting a day job, which he hopes is somehow involved in the gaming, comic book, or film industries. You can contact Daniel at dhorowitz107@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @DHorowitz107