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McAfee Labs Predicts Decline of Anonymous 111

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Every years, McAfee Labs produces a list of predictions relating to computer security for the next 12 months. Last year (PDF) they said Anonymous would have to reinvent itself, and that there would be an overall increase in online hacktivism. This year's report (PDF) is not as optimistic for the hacking collective. "Too many uncoordinated and unclear operations have been detrimental to its reputation. Added to this, the disinformation, false claims, and pure hacking actions will lead to the movement’s being less politically visible than in the past. Because Anonymous’ level of technical sophistication has stagnated and its tactics are better understood by its potential victims, the group’s level of success will decline." That's not to say they think hacktivism itself is on the decline, though: "Meanwhile, patriot groups self-organized into cyberarmies and spreading their extremist views will flourish. Up to now their efforts have had little impact (generally defacement of websites or DDoS for a very short period), but their actions will improve in sophistication and aggressiveness." The report also predicts that malware kits will lead to an "explosion in malware" for OS X and mobile, but that Windows 8 will be the next big target.
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McAfee Labs Predicts Decline of Anonymous

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    It will be a target, but nowhere near the biggest.

    Hell, Android is a bigger target to attack.

  • by MickyTheIdiot (1032226) on Friday December 28, 2012 @12:33PM (#42411445) Homepage Journal

    And since they're always right, this is almost a certainty!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 28, 2012 @12:33PM (#42411449)

    ...Anonymous....

  • by Bieeanda (961632) on Friday December 28, 2012 @12:34PM (#42411459)
    How many of these claims Mcaffee corporation's professional prognosticators have actually been remotely true? Tabloid psychics run the same routine every year too.
    • by elucido (870205)

      How many of these claims Mcaffee corporation's professional prognosticators have actually been remotely true? Tabloid psychics run the same routine every year too.

      McAffee is right about Anon. Anon does have major structure problems, a leadership vacuum, and a brain drain situation. It's not hard to predict that Anon is losing popularity.

  • "Bath Salts are best drug ever" - John Mcafee

  • If they could then why didn't they warn John McAfee's neighbor about his future murder? Is it because he was running Norton Antivirus?
  • Glad to see you escaped and all, and now also have predictions for us?

    You go!

    Seriously though, Windows 8 is going to be a big target? Really? Because I bet MS was sort of hoping that malware dudes skipped Windows 8 and just paid attention to Apples and Androids OS's and users.

    Um, No shit Windows 8 is going to be a big target. Fucking seriously, does everyone at McAfee take bath salts?

  • by na1led (1030470) on Friday December 28, 2012 @12:48PM (#42411549)
    So many times I've seen McAfee try to sneak its way into my system, and once they get in, your system runs like SHIT!
    • Re: (Score:2, Redundant)

      Symantec and McAfee and both perfect examples of the cure being worse than the disease.
    • by afeeney (719690)

      Absolutely. When I worked at a company that used McAfee, my machine would run incredibly slow at least three or four times a day. It was consistently McAfee taking up half the CPU and available RAM.

      The first thing I do when any friend or family says "My computer is running so slow" is get rid of McAfee and replace it with AVG.

    • by freeze128 (544774)
      It's so easy to prevent McAfee software from being installed... UNCHECK THE CHECKBOX!
      • by tnk1 (899206)

        Which is not the point. Even knowledgeable, careful people are occasionally going to forget or fail to opt-out, and most people are neither knowledgeable nor careful when it comes to installing software.

      • by Tamerlin (940577)
        As an employee at a company that uses mcafee's malware, you don't normally get to choose, unless you're in the IT department, and responsible for setting up the machines in the first place. Of course, they don't have that much of a choice either since they're just cloning an image nowadays. That is the main reason that the machines I get from work are always so painfully slow compared to my own machines, but if you're paid hourly, who cares! If the employer puts crap on the machine that they provide to you
  • Well, McAfee Labs oughtta know. "Anon will have problems. We know -- we're...familiar with trying to remain anonymous and hidden when governments put you on the most wanted list."

  • by NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) on Friday December 28, 2012 @12:52PM (#42411583)

    Meanwhile, patriot groups self-organized into cyberarmies and spreading their extremist views will flourish.

    Love the juxtaposition of "patriot" and "extremist".

    Because clearly, not wanting to live in a corporate dystopia is an "extremist" viewpoint.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Unfortunately "patriot" has come to be associated with the ignorant conservatives and all their destructive, delusion-based, extremism. I'm speaking of Teabaggers, Freepers, and other ignorant people who blame others for their own shortcomings. You know the type. These people are obviously not really patriots, and just people with nothing to contribute who want to be part of the conservative cult and pretend that their ignorance is better than other people's knowledge.

    • Meanwhile, patriot groups self-organized into cyberarmies and spreading their extremist views will flourish.

      Love the juxtaposition of "patriot" and "extremist". Because clearly, not wanting to live in a corporate dystopia is an "extremist" viewpoint.

      The groups McAfee is referring to here are politically-aligned "cyberarmies" that specifically support "extremist governments", they are one of several different types of "hacktivist" groups that are referred to as growing threats that are specifically being

      • by BitZtream (692029)

        The only contrast is that one is ultra left and the other is ultra right, other than that they are no different. Ultra-anything is ignorant and detrimental to the country.

    • Meanwhile, patriot groups self-organized into cyberarmies and spreading their extremist views will flourish.

      Love the juxtaposition of "patriot" and "extremist".

      Because clearly, not wanting to live in a corporate dystopia is an "extremist" viewpoint.

      But even if that is the case, if they are more well organized and better designed than Anon was then they'll probably last a bit longer. They wont last but they'll last longer because they at least pretend to follow the Constitution while breaking the law.

    • Because clearly, not wanting to live in a corporate or government dystopia is an "extremist" viewpoint.

      FTFY. Don't want either dictating how I live.

  • Anti-virus company predicts viruses.

    Not to say they're wrong, but hardly an unbiased opinion.

  • It's great that McAfee Labs has published this report on Anonymous, but isn't this only a distraction from the search for better bath salts and pills to seduce young women?
    • by elucido (870205)

      It's great that McAfee Labs has published this report on Anonymous, but isn't this only a distraction from the search for better bath salts and pills to seduce young women?

      That is an ad hominem attack. Shame on you.

  • They've been saying this since the beginning. How long can this last, don't they have jobs, skills fade, they'll get bored etc... etc...

    What they still really don't seem to get is that this is just a bunch of people who commit an act and claim to be Anonymous. Anyone can do anything and say they're Anonymous, therefore, Anonymous did it. The few people who may have access to the public outlets like Twitter and such will likely be contacted by someone who's interested in doing something or is in the proce
    • I'm not against Anon conceptually, but I do not like Anon as it is today. The solution for Anon is to get rid of all "principles" and "list" based ethics. There should be no list of right and wrong. Anon should instead decide on a case by case basis and utilize applied ethics to determine their actions based on the pros and cons.

      What they should however avoid doing for the best interest of the Anon public image is avoid criminal activity, remain non-violent, avoid anything which can make Anon look like the

      • by Da_Biz (267075)

        Movements don't need to have leaders.

        You could use this same assertion against democracy ("people MUST be lead, fascism sounds good.").

  • Thats kinda the point of Anon. It has never been this is the leader and here is what we are gonna do. It was more of a bunch of angry people, or stupid, or bored, or someone just looking to hide behind the mask of anon, trying to do something. Good? Bad? Logical? Every time its something different. Its not a collective as much as a revolving door to a community room.
    • Thats kinda the point of Anon. It has never been this is the leader and here is what we are gonna do. It was more of a bunch of angry people, or stupid, or bored, or someone just looking to hide behind the mask of anon, trying to do something. Good? Bad? Logical? Every time its something different. Its not a collective as much as a revolving door to a community room.

      If that is the point of Anon then it's time to replace it. Autopoeitic symbiosis within and between social systems can be achieved but the main thing Anon in particularly has to do is decentralization. Also the Anon banner has been in my opinion permanently diminished as a resource as it's now associated with hackers, with thugs, with criminals.

      Anon itself isn't bad conceptually but the implementation was like giving a bunch of children rocks and baseball bats and sending them to go against the mafia and ot

  • by schneidafunk (795759) on Friday December 28, 2012 @01:02PM (#42411649)
    I'm surprised McAfee's argument for its decline has no mention of five of the anonymous core group being busted by the feds after one turned informant [post-gazette.com].
  • Right now they have a huge hard on for the west baptist church hate group and rightly so. They've already doxed their senior membership as an appetizer. I'm sure we'll be hearing more and more...these people hiding behind 'god' are pure scum of the earth.
    • by elucido (870205)

      Right now they have a huge hard on for the west baptist church hate group and rightly so. They've already doxed their senior membership as an appetizer. I'm sure we'll be hearing more and more...these people hiding behind 'god' are pure scum of the earth.

      Like I said. There are no standards for what ops are permitted. West Baptist has freedom of speech, I thought Anon stood for freedom of speech? Wtf? F--- ANON.

      Anon at this time needs to determine not a list of principles to fight for as I believe this is short sighted but instead list a style of decision making or ethics to use to determine it's actions. Anon are currently what? Act Utilitarians? Rule Utilitarians? Consequentialist? What ethical philosophy guides Anon? If they can't even determine this then

  • by WaffleMonster (969671) on Friday December 28, 2012 @01:59PM (#42412181)

    When your primary weapons are lame DDOS attacks and repetitive, predictable poor quality "we are anonymous" youtube videos spoken by dr sbaitso it is hard to see much of a future.

    What is really sad is any agreeable lawful or vigilante activities are often trivially derailed and delegitimized by correlating "anonymous" with some asshat who once upon a time claimed to be anonymous defaced a web site dedicated to helping poor children.

    • Anonymous doesn't care if it's "politically viable" or what reputation they have or any of that nonsense. It's just a bunch of people doing shit for whatever reason they want. It might happen to coincide with the feelings of other people but that's by coincidence.

      What McAfee and apparently everyone else seems to mistake is that they just don't care. There might be a few "known" figures out there that either want to represent or are somewhat known to be involved in the whole Anonymous thing but all their "op

  • "Billable hours! I see deep, deep pockets of billable hours!"
  • by elucido (870205) on Friday December 28, 2012 @02:22PM (#42412279)

    The design of the current Anon is structurally and organizationally flawed. There aren't any Anon ethics think tanks to actually guide Anon philosophically. There aren't any professionals to advise or consult Anon on the potential global consequences of their actions. As a result they are a blind politically oriented umbrella organization. This is fine if you're a teenager or young adult in the early 20s range but by the time you reach your 30s and 40s you'll see that Anon isn't the way to go and wont really lead to the results they desire due to how they go about it.

    Anon has a function and a reason to exist if it were used intelligently but as it is now it's not used intelligently, it's not a self aware collective. An unaware collective is worse than no collective.

  • Anonymous predicts decline of McAfee Labs. News at eleven.

  • Challenge accepted! - Anonymous
  • Slashdot predicts decline of McAfee antivirus in 2013.
  • This is an example of one joke calling another one a joke. John McAfee has just about doomed the company he founded and sold, in just a short time with his crazy drug-addled antics. Meanwhile, Anonymous may be popular with a few hackers and the Slashdot crowd, but they're a bunch of collectivists who get no sympathy from the general public, the internet equivalent of gangbangers with spray paint cans.
  • that Anon was a single group, person, entity or body that had one single focus. Last I knew Anon was much bigger than that, yet it seems everyone commenting has this belief that Anon is either good or bad and that one action directly affects another. I'm beginning to wonder how many of these tech savvy users actually understand what Anonymous is.
  • Does anyone even listen to these idiots anymore? I lost all respect for them a decade a go, anything they say is usually wrong or completely laughable.

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