Anonymous has garnered plenty of attention lately, but understanding exactly who and what Anonymous is takes time and considerable explanation. Quinn Norton of Wired did just that, writing a chronology of Anonymous' primordial origins on 4chan to its ascent to international antihero. From its members' not-so-innocent pursuit of "lulz" to the high-stakes game of blackhat hacking, Anonymous has always been an army of nameless misfits who — without central leadership or individual glory — claim to pursue only one objective: to defend the free internet. For an in-depth look at what lurks behind the Guy Fawkes mask, be sure to give Norton's article a read, but be warned — this exploration of internet lore can only be described as "comprehensive."
Anonymous: from 4chan to the faceless visage of political activism
Quinn Norton of Wired takes an in-depth look at who and what Anonymous truly is, and how a group of faceless internet denizens became a machine of political activism.