The hacking collective Anonymous has clarified that it has no plans to fade away in the New Year. It issued a statement over the weekend that warned the world to “Expect us 2013.”
Along with the statement, the group created a video that boasts of its campaigns and exploits carried out in 2012. The video details the group’s temporary shutdown of the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, Universal Music, and the Motion Picture Association of America’s Web sites in protest of the U.S. government’s indictment of the operators of popular file-hosting site MegaUpload.
The video also shows newsreels of Anonymous’ campaign against Syrian government Web sites because of that government’s alleged shutdown of the Internet, along with Anonymous’ “cyberwar” against the Israeli government in protest of government attacks on Gaza. The group also recounts its hack into the Web site of the Westboro Baptist Church in response to plans by the controversial church to picket the funerals of those massacred at the elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
“The operations which are listed in the video are only examples, there are far more operations,” Anonymous wrote in the statement. “Some of them still running, like Operation Syria. We are still here.”
Despite the hacking group’s threats, some believe that the collective may not actually make a big impact in the online world in the coming year. Security firm McAfee Labs released its “2013 Threat Predictions” last week and claimed the decline of Anonymous.
The firm argued that a lack of structure and organization, false claims, and hacking for the simple joy of it has affected the group’s reputation. McAfee also said, however, that higher-level professional hacking groups may take up the slack, and promote a rise in military, religious, political, and “extreme” campaign attacks.