Anonymous are a loose-knit group of activists with members based around the world. They have become infamous by using the internet to attack a wide range of targets, ranging from the Chinese government to the Church of Scientology, pedophiles and even ISIS. And their actions veer from the audacious to the downright bizarre. Yet still, some might argue that they can be surprisingly effective at highlighting controversial issues.
20. Getting mad at Scientology
In 2008 the Church of Scientology objected to a video which it owned being posted to YouTube. In it, top Hollywood star and Scientology poster boy Tom Cruise explained some of the finer points of the notorious sect. YouTube subsequently took the video down, and Anonymous got mad, vandalizing Scientology websites and spam-faxing the church’s offices. The group’s avowed aim was to “systematically dismantle the Church of Scientology in its present form.”
19. An attack on Uganda
“We will not stand by while LGBT Ugandans are victimized, abused and murdered by a ruthless and corrupt government,” read a 2012 statement by Anonymous. That year, the shadowy group had leveled their operations at the Ugandan state in response to its discriminatory policies towards LBGT people. To make their point, moreover, the activists caused chaos on two government websites, including President Mugabe’s official site.