Anonymous has responded to arrests and the revelation that 'Sabu' was working with the FBI as an informant; it has said it will continue its work and began by defacing the website of Panda Security.
In a statement posted at its AnonOps website, it said that after the events, its communication team decided that it will continue reporting news about Anonymous's activities. It said: “Anonymous will continue fighting for freedom in the world, but we also understand that people around the world should stand up and claimed by what is right [sic].
“We think that it is also important to start removing the old power structures that oppress people. The FBI does work for politicians after all, who are kept in office by the campaign donations of corporations. No longer represent the people. It is time for a change.”
It also recommended that the FBI "should spend a little less time pursuing Anonymous and put more effort into bringing to justice the white-collar criminals who crashed the economy in 2008 and 2011" and, in line with the global Occupy movement, called for it to "stop working for the 1%".
Ahead of yesterday's arrests, Interpol announced the arrests of 25 people suspected of being Anonymous members in Europe. Sabu had reacted to that news on Twitter by urging others to attack Interpol's website.
One of the many Anonymous Twitter feeds claimed that it had blocked the account of Sabu and later said: “A movement against authority without leaders drives authority insane; they cant break down a movement by corrupting the leader.”
Another account, FuryofAnon, which Sabu told SC Magazine was an official channel for Anonymous, said it was "shocked out of my mind".
The final tweet from Sabu's account, posted before the news broke, read "Die Revolution sagt ich bin, ich war, ich werde sein", which translates to "The revolution says I am, I was, I will be".
Anonymous responded to the developments by defacing websites and servers belonging to Panda Security. In a statement, Anonymous said that it had "backdoored" Pandasecurity.com and accused the Spanish anti-virus vendor of "earning money working with Law Enforcement to lurk and snitch on anonymous activists".
It said: “They helped to jail 25 anonymous [sic] in different countries and they were actively participating in our IRC channels trying to dox many others.” It added that Panda's actions "only help to endanger people even more" as "they contribute to bring activist [sic] to jail".
In a statement, Panda said: “On 6 March the hacking group LulzSec, part of Anonymous, obtained access to a Panda Security webserver hosted outside of the Panda Security internal network.
“This server was only used for marketing campaigns and to host some of the company's blogs. Neither the main website (pandasecurity.com) nor (cloudantivirus.com) were affected in the attack. The attack did not breach Panda Security's internal network and neither source code, update servers nor customer data was accessed.
“The only information accessed was related to marketing campaigns such as landing pages and some obsolete credentials, including supposed credentials for employees that have not been working at Panda for over five years. We continue investigating the cause of the intrusion and will provide more details as soon as they become available.
“Meanwhile we assure all our customers and partners that none of their information has been compromised and that our products and services continue functioning as normal.”