I've always been curious about the Guy Fawkes meme. I mean I understand what the vibe in the movie Vendetta was about. The creation of an anti-hero fighting futuristic twists of government control. Especially when, in that film, the real Fawkes' action were mimicked so closely. No, what's a trip is that Fawkes was a zealot. A man who pushed for Catholic (possibly one of the most totalitarian mechanisms ever created) control of England. He was against the rise of Protestant ideals and conspired to set his country back 2 hundred years. In that respect he's more like Rick Santorum...but smarter.
Fawkes was caught. Tortured. Gave everybody else up and then, before he could be put on display for further torture, jumped to break his own neck.
Today the British celebrate, not his anti-Protestant message, but his capture and death. Sort of a macabre "and one" in the finishing off of Catholic rule in England.
So, although not as unsettling as seeing African Americans say "founding fathers", it's still a little buggy to see him as, literally, the face of cyber resistance. Of Anonymous. Especially when they do something like this:
Apparently, LulzSec, a Anonymous strong hold of hackers thought to be disbanded by interpol efforts, hacked into an FBI agent's laptop and grabbed the contents of a folder which had IDs from 12 million Apple devices. They released 1,000,001 of the files Monday, September 3. Here's part of their statement:
" During the second week of March 2012, a Dell Vostro notebook, used by Supervisor Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl from FBI Regional Cyber Action Team and New York FBI Office Evidence Response Team was breached using the AtomicReferenceArray vulnerability on Java, during the shell session some files were downloaded from his Desktop folder one of them with the name of "NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv" turned to be a list of 12,367,232 Apple iOS devices including Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), user names, name of device, type of device, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, zipcodes, cellphone numbers, addresses, etc. the personal details fields referring to people appears many times empty leaving the whole list incompleted on many parts. no other file on the same folder makes mention about this list or its purpose."
The full release can be found here.
Now you might say that anyone capable of hacking an agent's laptop is a serious threat to democracy...ok..fair enough...but Imma put this one out there, if a G man is skipping about with 12 million ID's from folk's "private" accounts, is there really any democracy?
This release seems to be about a reveal. The "Taaa-DAAA" at the end of the show. A reminder of just how locked down we are. How info from any one of our habits, concerns, ideals or dirty lil secrets can be and IS being indexed and listed. Maybe to our detriment. One can yell and scream at what the implications of a group of faceless hackers digging through government cyber closets infer. Or at the government for not having a tight enough ship to weather such attacks. However, fact is, we're being watched. All of us. Without boundaries. And the only real question left is--what do we do about it??