Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Anonymous Versus Scientology CyberWar: Youtube Battleground

Recently DBKP wrote of the Cyber-War being waged between the mysterious groups known as Anonymous and the Church of Scientology. When we went to find Scientology's take on Anonymous, whether the organization had issued any statements or the like regarding their sworn enemy, we came across the remants of a video battle waged on Youtube. From what we observed, one side managed to "eviscerate" the other in plain cyber-site.

Scientology had issued a statement to Newsweek, calling Anonymous "a group of cyber-terrorists... perpetrating religious hate crimes against the Churches of Scientology and individual Scientologists for no reason other than religious bigotry".

In the Newsweek article an Anonymous spokesperson said the group, hardly a cyber-terrorist act, had "plans to start a lobbying campaign to have the church stripped of its 501(c)3 tax-exempt status, which was reinstated in 1993. (In 1967, tax authorities revoked its tax-exemption status on the grounds that the organization's auditing scheme operated as Hubbard's personal for-profit venture, and in 1984 the U.S. Tax Court found the organization guilty of "manufacturing and falsifying records to present to the IRS, burglarizing IRS offices and stealing government documents, and subverting government processes for unlawful purposes.") " Source - Newsweek

According to ABC News, Scientology chose to fight back "with its own public relations onslaught, releasing a recent video titled "Anonymous Exposed," which claims to identify individuals it said were members of the group and accuses them of being accessories to criminal acts that include death threats and destruction of property."

Church spokeswoman Karin Pouw added that the church is "working with federal and local law enforcement."[The video] summarizes our position."
Source - ABC News: Scientology's Anonymous Critics: Who are they?

Video entitled "Anonymous Exposed" on Youtube

This is the video we found on Youtube entitled Anonymous Exposed. From what we observed the video had fallen into enemy hands. Rendered a mere shell of itself, its guts cyber-surgically altered, with evidence of Rick Rolling, it was clear that Anonymous had won.

We found the original Anonymous Exposed video on Youtube and posted it here for comparison sake. It's a prime example of bloodless cyber-warfare. Essentially Anonymous or someone had taken over the original Scientology video and turned it into a weapon of supreme satire.

The altered video floats across cyber-space, effectively rendered impotent by an anonymous cyber-surgical strike. Scientology's own message had been replaced with inside satire sharp enough to slice through the cult-like hyperbole.

In the cyber-war that rages between Scientology and the group known as Anonymous, the remains of the Anonymous Exposed video tell a story of a bloodless battle fought across the territory known as Youtube, of a win for Anonymous and another digital "pie in the face" for Scientology.


Image - Anonymous
Death by 1000 Papercuts Front Page.

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