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Hacktivist collective Anonymous takes aim at Elon Musk. Who cares?

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It’s the basic Anonymous modus operandi: a monologue worthy of a brilliant villain, a perceived assault on a person proper or public good, some man in a Man Fawkes masks, and a complete lot of fizzbang-wowie video results and voice distortion. 

However because the hacktivist collective takes aim at a brand new goal in Elon Musk, the newest “expect us” menace prompts the query: who cares?

Yesterday, a video purportedly from the Anonymous collective warned that there’s now a joint intelligence working in opposition to him:

Oh fuckhttps://t.co/f8A4baYgWU

— Peter McCormack (@PeterMcCormack) June 5, 2021

The monologue was meandering, noting that “your fanboys overlook these issues because they are focused on the potential good that your projects can bring to the world,” taking aim at Musk’s background because the inheritor to a south African mining firm, and accusing him of making an attempt to “create a Bitcoin Mining Council was rightly seen as an attempt to centralize the industry and take it under your control.”

What actually attracted the ire of this specific group, nonetheless, is that smaller fry buyers could have been negatively impacted by Musk’s current Twitter shenanigans.

“Reading from the comments on your Twitter posts, it seems that the games you have played with the crypto markets have destroyed lives. Millions of retail investors were really counting on their crypto gains to improve their lives,” the masked man grumbles.

Hey @elonmusk, I simply met Martin, a Lyft driver in Miami, who informed me he misplaced nearly $10,000 investing in Dogecoin – which he obtained into due to your Twitter account. Perhaps it is time to relax.

— Jon Rice (@JonRiceCrypto) June 4, 2021

Anonymous is hardly the one get together to have taken situation with Musk’s cynical Tweeting as of late, however it’s unclear if they will do one thing about it. 

The group’s energy appears to have waned lately. Their peak arguably got here throughout Undertaking Chanology, an effort aimed at delegitimizing and degrading the affect of the Church of Scientology. They attacked web sites, printed secret info, and even despatched a near-naked man lined in pubic hair and vaseline to trash a Church location. Bless you, Agent Pubit.

In recent times, their successes have been fewer whereas their threats have been many. Current targets embrace the federal government of Nigeria, the Minneapolis police division, and the jail system of Thailand. In all cases, it’s unclear what, if any, battles they managed to win.

The efficacy or legitimacy of Anonymous’ efforts are nearly irrelevant, nonetheless. Anonymous and blockchain ideology are two overlapping, however finally separate mental actions, and incidents like this video spotlight the variations between the 2.

Bitcoin was based by a pseudonymous particular person or collective named Satoshi Nakamoto. Satoshi selected to step away from his creation, releasing the tech of statements like Anonymous’. Bitcoin does not want anybody’s assist; it is an elegantly designed community which can all however actually outlast Elon Musk, and it might even outlast all reminiscence of his achievements.

That is how cypherpunks battle: with code, not cosplay. Anonymous, respectfully, we’re good.

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