“It’s quite ironic, actually. In their attempts to take down large corporations, Anonymous actually pads the pockets of one of them. (via New York Times)
The hacker group Anonymous is responsible for attacks on Visa, defense contractors, the Church of Scientology and even NATO. Naturally, such anarchic schemes require a certain amount of secrecy, and its members have chosen an apt cover-up. They don masks in the likeness of Guy Fawkes, the 17th century anarchist who tried to blow up Parliament in protesting the corruption of the English government.
The beige mask, with its rosy cheeks and pencil-thin mustache and goatee, has become the veritable symbol of the hackers after its pivotal appearance in the 2006 movie V for Vendetta, about a British revolutionary who acted in the style of Guy Fawkes. It’s the top-selling mask on Amazon, and the image appears every time Anonymous makes the news. The mask has become a representation of fighting corruption in business and government.