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Anonymous and LulzSec: Robin Hoods of the Web?

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The language used by Anonymous was strident, hyperbolic, witty, and purposeful – a rallying cry designed to appeal equally to computer geeks, members of the media, liberals disenchanted with Arizona immigration policy, and libertarians disenchanted with government's reach. By early July, hundreds of outlets around the globe had picked up on the Arizona story, and the question of how much had actually been accomplished in the attack was overshadowed by the billowing mythos of the attack itself.

'We are fighting evil governments'

Exuberant plaudits piled up on the Anonymous Facebook page, and bloggers from Boston to Bangkok breathlessly exchanged stories of the exploits of "Operation Anti-Security." This Anti-Sec campaign eventually included cyber-raids on defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton; the Democratic Party of Orange County, Fla.; computer giant Apple Inc.; and a string of Turkish government sites.

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