Anonymous Joins Fight Against Tyranny In Iran

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As anti-government protestors clash with Iranian government officials over the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the internet has been buzzing with reports of violence against protestors supporting Mir Hossien Mousavi, the presidential candidate declared the elections loser.

Prior to the elections many, including residents of Iran, believed the political process would work and Mir Hossien Mousavi would be declared the winner. Many voters opposed a second term of President Ahmadinejad, and by the amount of support Mousavi had, it was believed internationally that Iran would have a new ruling power. However as results came in, it became apparent the election was rigged. President Mahmoud Amedinejad was declared the winner, which set off a string of protests throughout Iran.

Social Media and Social Networking have come to play a huge part in getting out information about the protests. Not only is information being spread to people participating in the protests in Iran, but an international theatre has been set for the entire world to see using the internet. People in Iran went to using tools such as Twitter and Facebook. Once the government caught on, they began to shut down and filter the networks.

Anonymous joined the game. “Anonymous” as the group is called has no leader, no structural hierarchy, but is somehow organized. Made up of every possible profession to include even hackers and business professionals alike, Anonymous has proven in their fight against Scientology, that they are a force to be reckoned with. “Anons” as they have come to be known started Tweeting open Iranian proxies, as well as started a forum http://iran.whyweprotest.net offering advice and help to Iranian protestors as how to surf securely and avoid censorship. They are also telling Protestors to turn off their cell phones as the government can track them via BT antenna, find, and arrest them later. A link was also posted of proxies that the Iranian Government is using to get around their own firewalls.

Anonymous is not going to pull any punches, they have never done so. Under the guise of Anonymity, their numbers are strong. Cells of Anonymous are willing and prepared to fight this fight, they do not let tyranny go un-punished or unreported.

Many journalists and US supporters of the protests have reported they have been threatened by the Iranian government. Since “Anons” are “Anonymous” and they know how to remain that way in the digital world, if they stick to their guns, we can see a whole new digital revolution, one that just might help change the world.

Jay Fowler
by Jay Fowler

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  1. anon's Gravatar Comment by anon on June 18th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    we are anonymous
    anonymous is legion
    anonymous never forgives
    anonymous can be a horrible, uncaring senseless monster
    anonymous is still able to deliver

  2. Tahko Tetsujin's Gravatar Comment by Tahko Tetsujin on June 18th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    lol 4chan. They are so stupid. HAY GUISE LET’S FIGHT TYRANNY! HOW? LOL I DUNNO!

    Stupid.

  3. anonymous's Gravatar Comment by anonymous on June 18th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    please just stop interfering in other countries, just focus in solving the economic crisis which u guys effected the whole world and the wars which u create.

  4. anonymous's Gravatar Comment by anonymous on June 18th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    We are Legion

  5. Ben's Gravatar Comment by Ben on June 18th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    I’m not sure who your referring to when you make reference to anons but I can assure you nobody from 4chan (the site usually associated with the label ‘anonymous’, and the one responsible for organizing a bunch of the anti Scientology raids) is helping Iranian protesters.

  6. JOhnny MAck's Gravatar Comment by JOhnny MAck on June 18th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Wow, Anonymous is looking real good dude!

    RT
    http://www.anonymity.tk

  7. XXXX's Gravatar Comment by XXXX on June 18th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I suspect, the *Anonymous* was created to make protesting/hacking look like an extremely unified effort from the grassroots, while — on the contrary — Anonymous is actually a government controlled operation with the ulterior agenda to collect information on true anonymous hackers who attempt to join their bogus cause.

    In other words, I suspect, Anonymous = a trap created by government agent provocateurs.

  8. Anon's Gravatar Comment by Anon on June 18th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Rules 1 & 2!!!

    nah im kidding(kinda)

  9. Tom's Gravatar Comment by Tom on June 18th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    “Cells of Anonymous are willing and prepared to fight this fight”

    Although I very much support anonymouss actions and I support anonymous in general, I think saying that they’re “prepared to fight” is a bit exaggerated seeing as they’re only doing all they can on the internet from the safety of their own homes.

    Regardless however, this is awesome stuff they’re doing to help Iranian people

  10. David Davidson's Gravatar Comment by David Davidson on June 18th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Please, don’t encourage them. They have no idea what anonymous stands for.

  11. Anon's Gravatar Comment by Anon on June 18th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    “I’m not sure who your referring to when you make reference to anons but I can assure you nobody from 4chan (the site usually associated with the label ‘anonymous’, and the one responsible for organizing a bunch of the anti Scientology raids) is helping Iranian protesters.”

    Actually, 4chan is a meeting point for all protesters, its only that mostly, 4chan users don’t give a shit and just do it for the lulz (i.e: a good laugh)

  12. Anon's Gravatar Comment by Anon on June 18th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    We is legion

  13. Television Spy's Gravatar Comment by Television Spy on June 18th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    We are watching lol.. oh come on.

  14. Mike Tyson's Gravatar Comment by Mike Tyson on June 18th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    anon are tards

  15. Anon's Gravatar Comment by Anon on June 18th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    fight the good fight

  16. Anonymous's Gravatar Comment by Anonymous on June 18th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    If you’re referring to us goatse’ing #iranelection on twitter then yes, I guess we are helping the revolution.

    If not then we have no idea what you’re blathering about.

    Anonymous is not a personal army that does things for altruistic purposes.

  17. anon's Gravatar Comment by anon on June 18th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Pretty sure that Anon does it for the lulz..

  18. anonymous's Gravatar Comment by anonymous on June 18th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Stupid article, stupid author, but not as stupid as anonymous.

    Fucking 4chan? Gimme a break. What a JOKE.

    You should be fired.

  19. derp's Gravatar Comment by derp on June 18th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    I’m sure there are many Iranian anons. Terhan has a large english speaking student population.

    The power of global electronic communication is amazing. What we are seeing in Iran would not have happened without it.

  20. El Greco's Gravatar Comment by El Greco on June 18th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    anonymous hasn’t been really representative of 4chan since the scientology protest. its pretty much its own entity now.

  21. Anon's Gravatar Comment by Anon on June 18th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Duh. You don’t have to be part of a “group” in order to give people pointers about how to use technology wisely.

    Oh, look, my name is anon… idiots. When a lot of people have a same idea they may look like a group, but it doesn’t mean they are. Stupid conspiracy theorists.

  22. anonymous's Gravatar Comment by anonymous on June 18th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    “please just stop interfering in other countries, just focus in solving the economic crisis which u guys effected the whole world and the wars which u create.”

    Not your personal army. You fix the economic crisis. You assume anonymous is from the USA? A failure is you.

  23. Loooong  Cat's Gravatar Comment by Loooong Cat on June 18th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Dear XXXX,

    Please listen to Alex Jones a bit less.

    Sincerely,
    The internet

  24. anonymous's Gravatar Comment by anonymous on June 18th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Not very Anonymous of you, Jay.

  25. Anonymous's Gravatar Comment by Anonymous on June 18th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    The more you disregard us, the stronger we become. Soon you will realize. Soon you will understand.

    Soon, you will want to join. And you won’t even know how.

    We do not forget. We do not forgive. We are Anonymous, and we are Legion.

    Your world governments do not stand a chance.

  26. Anonymous's Gravatar Comment by Anonymous on June 18th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    The moralfags in /b/ and other sections of 4Chan do NOT represent Anonymous, they can gtfo.

    We are Anonymous
    We are Legion
    We do not Forgive
    We do not Forget
    We aren’t subject to the morals of civilisation.

  27. Anonylol's Gravatar Comment by Anonylol on June 18th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Visualize an extremely loud fart noise.

  28. Adam 1.0's Gravatar Comment by Adam 1.0 on June 18th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    So the election was rigged just because there was an upset winner? Wow, I never knew elections worked like that.

  29. Kicken's Gravatar Comment by Kicken on June 18th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    I love all you butthurt faggots saying that Anon from 4chan isn’t doing this.

    In the end, all I have to do is look at the site’s logo to know that this is either an Anon from 4chan or an Anon from a similar source.

    http://iran.whyweprotest.net/images/vbseo_skin_1.0/logo.gif

    That suit is the widely recognized symbol of Anon.

  30. Anonymous's Gravatar Comment by Anonymous on June 18th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    “Anonymous is actually a government controlled operation”

    Go back to your 9/11 Conspiracy website.

  31. anonyymousse's Gravatar Comment by anonyymousse on June 18th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    But, i thought we LIKED Ahmedinejhad? I mean, he’s a cool guy, he see through zionist lies and he doesn’t afraid of anything. But I digress, they started censoring the internet, thats strikes two and three right there. It’s time to go Auschwitz on his camel jockey ass.

  32. anonymous's Gravatar Comment by anonymous on June 19th, 2009 at 12:26 am

    hey, im anon

  33. alexx's Gravatar Comment by alexx on June 19th, 2009 at 1:17 am

    Please, don’t encourage them

  34. Anon's Gravatar Comment by Anon on June 19th, 2009 at 1:31 am

    Just no.

  35. anonymous's Gravatar Comment by anonymous on June 19th, 2009 at 4:22 am

    halp the revolution, for great justice!

  36. OhGodNo's Gravatar Comment by OhGodNo on June 19th, 2009 at 5:04 am

    Sorry to break your little heart, but Anonymous is not a band of vigilante freedom fighters. Anonymous is not guided by principles of justice or any other morals. Anonymous is like a pack of rabid dogs. It will savagely attack anything and everything that pisses it off. Hell, you might not even have to piss it off. Anonymous will tear you apart just for the fun of it.

    Anonymous only went after Scientology because they were pissed about the Tom Cruise video being removed from the internet. Anonymous likes their lulz and that video was pretty lulzy. The Church of Scientology was basically stealing that rabid pack of dogs’ new favorite toy and the dogs bit back. Anonymous just wanted to vindicate their petty temper tantrum by making it seem like fighting against all the other wrongs of Scientology in the process. There’s a method to the madness.

    But nothing like that will happen here because it’s not fun and none of them really gives enough of a shit.

  37. anonymous's Gravatar Comment by anonymous on June 19th, 2009 at 6:45 am

    we do not forget, we do not forgive

  38. irukandji's Gravatar Comment by irukandji on June 19th, 2009 at 8:39 am

    “I’m not sure who your referring to when you make reference to anons but I can assure you nobody from 4chan (the site usually associated with the label ‘anonymous’, and the one responsible for organizing a bunch of the anti Scientology raids) is helping Iranian protesters.”

    Do people still associate anon with 4chan? 4chan is for n00bs. Some anons are helping and some aren’t. But if they’re helping for any other reason than lulz, then they should stop.

  39. David Davidson's Gravatar Comment by David Davidson on June 19th, 2009 at 10:24 am

    You sir, have no idea what in the fuck you are talking about.

  40. Anernymus's Gravatar Comment by Anernymus on June 19th, 2009 at 10:33 am

    No one here knows what the fuck their talking about.

  41. Anon's Gravatar Comment by Anon on June 19th, 2009 at 10:55 am

    4chan is anonymous, not Anonymous they are vastly different

    for those that say it is only moralfags involved keep in mind the #1 reason to do something is for the lulz and nothing is more fun than annoying the government or any other source of authority when they cant do anything about it

  42. thisislame's Gravatar Comment by thisislame on June 19th, 2009 at 11:07 am

    I did it.
    For the lulz

  43. anonymous's Gravatar Comment by anonymous on June 19th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    did someone say revolution?

  44. Anonymous's Gravatar Comment by Anonymous on June 19th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Fuck protestfags.

    The cancer killing /bee/

  45. Anonymous's Gravatar Comment by Anonymous on June 19th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    If Anonymous can find ways around government firewalls, create a port for communication, help fight for freedom of speech and freedom to protest by doing so, how can anyone say that Anonymous is useless. If they help fight for that then I support them. By the way I’m sure that some of the trolls on this forum are from President Ahmadinejad’s “party”. All they want to do is try to make Anonymous out to be an ineffective anarchy.

  46. Nancy's Gravatar Comment by Nancy on June 19th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    is anonymous helping tibet and how can I help?

  47. anonymous's Gravatar Comment by anonymous on June 19th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Real anons should support Ahmadinejad and help ban free speech in Iran. Because holding a civilization back and forcing a bloody revolution is, in fact, extremely lulzy.

  48. Whiteknifght's Gravatar Comment by Whiteknifght on June 20th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    http://img.4chan.org/b/imgboard.html

    What do I hear? “Remember rule 1 & 2, newfag!” ?

    Is this a raid? No, fuck yourself and yiff in hell. Protestfags killed /b/, the worst cancer of them all. No fucking chemo will ever help against this massive bullshit.

    “HAI GUIZE LETS CHANGE TEH WORLD, LOL I DONT KNOW HOW THOUGH XDDDDDDD”

  49. Ben's Gravatar Comment by Ben on June 20th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    If anon isn’t 4chan that it’s nothing. You can’t claim that a coherent group exists when there is no structure or organization. You should have said the internet is helping Iranians protest the election. If you don’t mean 4chan when you say ‘Anonymous’ then it doesn’t even exist, and 4chan is certainly not helping the protests.

  50. William's Gravatar Comment by William on June 20th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    What a shitty article.

    >Many voters opposed a second term of President Ahmadinejad, and by the amount of support Mousavi had, it was believed internationally that Iran would have a new ruling power. However as results came in, it became apparent the election was rigged.

    Yeah, because your candidate didn’t win, the election must’ve been rigged. One of the fundamental ideas of succesful democracy is that the losing party accepts its loss gracefully and doesn’t try to rebel or resist laws. The idea of a democracy in an islamic state is threatened more by the latest string of protests than by Ahmadinejad’s alleged “cheating” (after all, the latter accusation is universal in ‘developed’ nations)

    A better article:
    http://www.realclearworld.com/articles/2009/06/western_misconception_iran_rea.html

  51. David D. Davidson's Gravatar Comment by David D. Davidson on June 20th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Wow that is one retarded auther.
    Also, I’m pretty sure that very few anons care about the iranian people and as allways they just do it for the lulz.

  52. Anonymous's Gravatar Comment by Anonymous on June 20th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    OH GAWD YOU GUISE!!! YOU AV NOO EYEDEA WHAT YA IS TALKEEN ABOOT! STFU OR GTFO!!

  53. Anonymous's Gravatar Comment by Anonymous on June 21st, 2009 at 10:10 am

    No, Nancy, Anonymous is not helping fucking Tibet.

  54. Nigur Faegot's Gravatar Comment by Nigur Faegot on June 21st, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Mufuga BIXNOOD

  55. Anonymous's Gravatar Comment by Anonymous on June 21st, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Anonymous Message to Iranian Government

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6VgatlxJkg

  56. 1001110's Gravatar Comment by 1001110 on June 22nd, 2009 at 1:13 am

    It is kinda stupid what makes you think you so-called hackers can do a thing to change it, get the fuck out from your room and start living, do something worthy for the human race, do something worthy, you really are putting real hackers to shame…

  57. yteslax's Gravatar Comment by yteslax on June 22nd, 2009 at 3:14 am

    “if they stick to their guns, we can see a whole new digital revolution, one that just might help change the world.”

    Ok maybe everybody has good intentions but I would like to see this digital revolution for Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq and all the other places where people stick their guns.

    I agree with you in Iran case but why this revolution is only against the whom against USA and EU countries ? So please find a broad definition for tyranny…

    Who has the media and who manipulates (information and in the end manipulates) us all ?

  58. Anonymoose's Gravatar Comment by Anonymoose on June 23rd, 2009 at 2:37 am

    Dear 1001110.

    We are not a group of hackers. That’s a lie. We are a group of nerds with nothing better to do than screw things up. Get it right, faggot.

  59. Anonymous's Gravatar Comment by Anonymous on June 23rd, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Take the sum of these comments, divide by zero and there you find Anonymous.

  60. Anonymous's Gravatar Comment by Anonymous on June 23rd, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Please dont encourage us as all we are is /b/tards (amirite) nerds that live in basements, etc. Lol at aaaaall the fags hating on us just because we are actually doing something instead of CRYIN MOAR. Q_Q STFU AND GTFO.

    We are Anonymous
    We do not forget
    We do not forgive
    In theaters next summer.

  61. Anonymous's Gravatar Comment by Anonymous on June 25th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Oh my God, this is so stupid

    A bunch of newfags, a bunch of moralfags, and a bunch of everything that fails in between

    Please don’t fucking says that Anonymous is “joining” any kind of fight

    We’re not
    Some of us are just doing it for the lulz
    Those who aren’t are moralfags and they are just part of the cancer

    Classic Anonymous
    “Hey guys, let’s screw around with Iran for a bit and see its rageful reaction for some sh*ts n’ giggles”

    Newfags
    “HEY GUYS LETS FIGHT EVIL AND SAVE THE WORLD”

    This article is just so stupid

  62. Anonymous's Gravatar Comment by Anonymous on June 25th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Holy sh*t, guys

    Sorry for breaking rules 1 and 2 but

    If you don’t visit 4chan or any of the chans,

    You CAN’T call yourself Anonymous without being a complete lying faggot

  63. David's Gravatar Comment by David on July 12th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    pyromaniac division supports.
    “Nomen mihi Legio est, quia multi sumus.”

  64. Um…'s Gravatar Comment by Um... on October 23rd, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Why praise Anonymous for this? Rememeber the Habbo raids? They flooded the sites with images in swaztika patterns. They attacked an epilepsy support forum with flashing images. They aren’t some protestors or freedom-loving people. They’re kids with really bad slogans like “We are legion,” and other related sayings that make them look like a bad scyfy channel original movie. I highly doubt they’re truely organized. To be honest, it’s really more like a blanket term for anonymous individuals of the internet, not some group is retarded Guy Fawkes masks. Really… I think we’d all prefer black masks.

    Still, I can’t help but thank them on the Scientology stuff. They’re dead on. Scientology is no religion, it’s a menace, and I give them props for standing up to to the idea that they should not have tax exempt status. But they’re flip-floping morality thing is really getting old. Maybe they should attack the American Atheists group too. Those fucks are as much a cult as Scientology when it comes to the money issues (remember the ordeal with O’hair leaving and… well, they said she wasn’t dead… and she was… and all that jazz… yeah…….) Oh well.

    Despite this bit of pity, I’m still going to say “go git ‘em.”

  65. ANONYMOUS's Gravatar Comment by ANONYMOUS on December 3rd, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    We are anonymous. We are Legion. For each that falls, ten shall take his place.

    We do not forgive. We do not forget. We are everywhere and we are nowhere. We cannot be found. We cannot be fought. We cannot be counted. We cannot be named.

    We are Anonymous.

  66. Robert Vale's Gravatar Comment by Robert Vale on January 4th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Ah, well this is quite an interesting turn of events.
    Not like I haven’t seen this before at all.
    Nope, definitely not the lulzfags and moralfags going at each other’s throats as usual.
    Face it Anonymous, this schism will not go away no matter how hard you fight. What most of you here fail to realize is that the slight diversity and differences in Anonymous’ way of thinking is what makes you so effective, so multifarious, so damn good at what you do. If you truly were a hive mind, than most if not all of the projects you’ve thought of would be an all-or-nothing proposition. And on top of that, most would not even occur. You are separate, yet united simultaneously; and most of you don’t even know it. Sure things sometimes get ugly, like in these comments. But moments of cohesion are when you really shine. I see them show up on the boards, on the wikis, in the threads, in the channels, on the videos, in the screens.

    Internet Hate Machine or Internet Activists?
    You are both.
    Lulzfags or Moralfags?
    You are both.
    Raiders or Savers?
    You are both.

    Whether you like it or not, you are all of these things, and I hope at least one of you understands. A little wisdom might go a long way.

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