No, that’s not a mistaken headline: you can be an Anonymous hacker with a first and last name. But admittedly, this is a little complicated, so let me give you some background.
What Exactly do I Mean by Anonymous?
There is this activist hacker group calling themselves Anonymous – and they are generally anonymous, colluding online using pseudonyms. Anonymous is an anarchistic group, meaning it is loosely organized with no hierarchy. As described by the blog WB3Security,
“Anonymous could at different times be anyone. That is the power of a distributed identity.”
Because of their anarchistic nature, they have no stated mission, but WB3Security puts it this way:
“Anonymous seems to have a social agenda of targeting injustice across the globe, and helping those who are without an audience or voice.
Anonymous is behind several famous social justice-related hacks, including against the Church of Scientology, the FBI (due to their shutdown of an internet site due to copy infringement), and child pornography sites.
MSbP Provider Types and Justina Pelletier’s Case
If you have been following the Proxy Project blog, you’ve seen posts by me where I make the argument that the only way Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSbP) perpetrators are so successful at hurting their victims is that there are MSbP “provider types” in the healthcare system that collude with them. At times, these “provider types” act independently of the patients and their families, and this MSbP provider behavior is often difficult to understand and interpret.
For example, I hypothesize that Charles Cullen, a nurse who admitted to murdering hundreds of people by injecting them with lethal amounts of the drug digoxin, is an MSbP provider type. And previously this year, in several blog posts, I argue that I believe Dr. Alice Newton, aphysician at Children’s Hospital in Boston, is responsible for what I believe is MSbP provider type behavior against a patient, Justina Pelletier, that was widely reported in the news.
Anonymous vs. Dr. Alice Newton and Children’s Hospital
I didn’t realize this, but right about the time I was getting furious about Justina’s treatment and was wondering if there was a “provider type” behind it, Anonymous was getting mad about the same thing. They launched an attack on Boston Children’s computer systems as reported by Slate in April 2014. Anonymous posted a YouTube video explaining why:
“To the Boston Children’s Hospital why do you employ people that clearly do not put patient’s first? We demand that you terminate Alice W. Newton from her employment or you to shall feel the full unbridled wrath of Anonymous. Test us and you shall fail.”
Apparently, the hack did not bring down all of the systems, just some of them.
Martin Gottesfeld’s Hunger Strike
Today, I learned that one of the people involved in the hack, Martin Gottesfeld, age 32, was arrested in February when he and his wife were attempting to flee the country to escape him facing indictment for participating in the hacking effort with Anonymous, which he acknowledged. He’s in prison now in Rhode Island awaiting trial and protesting with a hunger strike. Per ABC News, his hunger strike is because:
“Gottesfeld wants the presidential candidates to pledge to protect children who’ve been sent to residential treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals and other institutions … Gottesfeld said he will not eat again until these demands are met.”
He said his weight has gone down from 204 to 182 pounds so far. He also says:
“I love my life and I love my wife, and I want to get back to both of them very badly, but this cause is more important than any one individual. And the suffering of these children must stop, and the persecution of these advocates also must stop.”
Why do you think Anonymous targeted Dr. Alice Newton and Boston Children’s?
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