It now seems that there is an internal war happening in the ranks of leaderless hacker group 'Annoymous' in which a rogue admin had taken control of two key sites that the group uses to coordinate their actions online.
In a message to users posted on AnonOps.in, part of Anonymous's AnonOps network, admins accused a former comrade of organising a "coup d'etat".
The name that seems to be comng up is 'Ryan', who is now being accused of stealing IP addresses and passwords of users of two 'Anonymous' sites. AnonOps.net and AnonOps.ru were attacked by first getting the precious information, and then getting Denial of service (DoS) attacks directed against them.
The sites provide communication within the members of the group through IRC channels and have been used to launch several attacks, they were also key in organising Anonymous activity in support of the uprising in Tunisia and Egypt and Siria.
Some messages have been appearing in hacking websites from anonymous:
‘We regret to inform you today that our network has been compromised by a former IRC-operator and fellow helper named “Ryan”. He decided that he didn’t like the leaderless command structure that AnonOps Network Admins use. So he organised a coup d’etat, with his “friends” at skidsr.us . Using the networks service bot “Zalgo” he scavenged the IP’s and passwords of all the network servers (including the hub) and then systematically aimed denial of service attacks at them.’
'We would STRONGLY ADVISE all users to STAY AWAY from AnonOps.net and AnonOps.ru, and they should be considered COMPROMISED. Using or connecting to any service on those addresses may put your computer, and by extension your person, at risk'.
These latest developments come after Sony had accused the hacker group to be more than likely (however without providing definite evidence) involved in the data leak that caused the loss of personal and financial information of over 70 million users of the Playstation Network. Please let us know what are your thoughts by leaving a comment below.