It’s the classic anonymous modus operandi: a monologue worthy of a super villain, an alleged attack on a person’s authority or the public good, some man in a Guy Fawkes mask, and lots of fizzbang-wow video effects and voice distortion.
But as the hacktivist collective takes aim at a new take on Elon Musk, the latest “expect us” threat prompts the question: Who cares?
Yesterday, a video purportedly from the Anonymous group warned that a joint intelligence was now working against it:
— Peter McCormack (@ Peter McCormack) June 5, 2021
The monologue, targeting and accusing Musk of Musk’s background as the heir to the South African mining company, noted that “your fans are ignoring these issues because they are focusing on the potential good.” who can bring your projects to the world”. “The attempt to create a bitcoin mining council was seen as an attempt to centralize the industry and take control of it.”
However, what’s really attracting the anger of this particular group is that Musk’s recent Twitter shenanigans could negatively impact small fry investors.
“Reading the comments on your Twitter post, it seems that the games you have played with the crypto markets have destroyed lives. Millions of retail investors are actually relying on your crypto profits to improve their lives. Were,” murmurs the masked man.
Hey @Elon Musk, I just met Martin, a Lyft driver in Miami, who told me he lost about $10,000 of an investment in Dogecoin – which he gained because of your Twitter account. Maybe it’s time to calm down.
— John Rice (@JonRiceCrypto) 4 June 2021
Anonymous is hardly the only party that has taken issue with Musk’s cynical tweet recently, but it’s unclear if they can do anything about it.
The group’s power seems to have waned in recent years. His peak arguably came during Project Chanology, which aimed to illicit and degrade the power of the Church of Scientology. They attacked websites, published secret information, and even sent a naked man covered with pubic hair and Vaseline to trash a church space. Bless you, Agent Pubit.
In recent years, his successes have been few while his threats have been numerous. Recent targets include the government of Nigeria, the Minneapolis Police Department, and Thailand’s prison system. In all cases, it is unclear which, if any, battles they were able to win.
However, the effectiveness or legality of Anonymous’s efforts is virtually irrelevant. Anonymous and blockchain ideologies are two overlapping, but ultimately different intellectual movements, and events like this video highlight the difference between the two.
Bitcoin was founded by a pseudonymous individual or collective named Satoshi Nakamoto. Satoshi decided to move away from his creation, liberating the techniques of statements such as Anonymous. Bitcoin doesn’t need anyone’s help; It is an elegantly designed network that will surely outshine Elon Musk, and it may even end all memory of his achievements.
This is how cyberpunks fight: with code, not cosplay. Anonymous, respectfully, we are good.