Who is anonews.co, anonhq.com? NOT Anonymous for sure!
Anonymous hackers do not operate on social media. Several web sites featuring Guy Fawkes masks in their Facebook fan pages and Twitter accounts e.g. anonews.co, anongroup.org, anonhq.com called themselves to be the official voice of the online hacktivist group Anonymous.
However the reality is far different from the truth — These pages have no affiliation with the hacker group Anonymous, they are rather click-baiting money making machines. Posting mostly non-relevant copy paste articles and videos or fake news from all over the Internet. In fact, according to Edward Snowden Anonymous hackers mainly use an IRC channel hidden from plain sight of security firms and the public.
Guy Fawkes masks do not make an Anonymous fan page genuine
Hundreds of thousands on Facebook are deceived, fall for these scam pages and become fans and share the shady content far and wide on social media.
The primary driver of the owners of these pages is to earn some bucks in the name of Anonymous.
Anonymous operates for the LulzSec hacks, not for making money
Now, the real Anonymous declared a cyberwar against the fake web sites in a 'press release':
We [Anonymous] just happen to be a group of people on the Internet who need—just kind of an outlet to do as we wish, that we wouldn't be able to do in regular society. ...That's more or less the point of it. Do as you wish. ... There's a common phrase: 'we are doing it for the lulz.' not for media attention on social media
Thus the reality is, the hacker collective is neither on Facebook nor do they have Twitter accounts. So better stop following or liking imitator pages like anonhq.com, anonews.co, youranonnews and the many others on social media websites and the like.
Largest "Anonymous" Facebook fan page run by an Iranian
So there was this bug on Facebook that when you look up the editing history it showed you the name of the person that's running the Facebook page. The largest "Anonymous" fan page on Facebook with over 10 million fans is run by the owner and founder of Midialab Ltd called Hafiz Ahmed from Birmingham ( www.facebook.com/... ):
The about us page on Midialab's Facebook fan page states:
Midialab Ltd is a media empire that delivers social media entertainment along with up to date current events and political content. Our content ranges from humor, gaming, and entertainment, to the most serious geopolitical and social issues of our time.
Thus, nothing to do with the real Anonymous movement, but all about money.
Plead guilty! Anonymous now declares war on fake Anon fan pages
The Anonymous hackers now acted and threatened the businesses and persons behind the imitator pages like anonhq.com, anonews.co and the likes with this new video, which explain what makes a fake anon and how to avoid supporting these pages in the future. They also threatened to release personal information of the owners of these pages.
Please comment, if we missed mentioning any fake Anonymous pages or if you have personal information to identify the businesses and/or people behind these pages, thus we can update this article accordingly.
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