Hactivists Anonymous is set to enter mainstream politics by creating a political wing.
The hacking group, in a statement emailed to thinq_ , said that We are transitioning from attacking the system from the outside to restructuring it from the inside.”
“There are people from all political parties that support Internet freedom and civil rights,” they wrote. “Although these people support our goals, they were averse to the tactics we used to advance them. Today, we are founding an Anonymous-affiliated political party. Our representatives will advocate for the internet and civil rights overlooked by other political parties of the world. We will do so legally, for the benefit of all people.”
Last month, Anonymous teamed up with the Lulz Security group of hackers, who had gained wide recognition for breaching the websites of Sony Corp, the Central Intelligence Agency and a British police unit among other targets, and disrupted corporate and government bodies for entertainment.
Security experts who have researched LulzSec's origins say it emerged from Anonymous, which became famous for attacking companies and institutions that the group considered opponents of WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange.
Anonymous earlier this month released scores of private e-mails and other data from an Arizona police website. LulzSec first released dozens of internal documents from the same Arizona police website in June.
Turning its attention to enter politics and work from within, the group declared: “This political organization will begin a legitimate movement. Anonymous is now open to a wider variety of people, not just hackers and tech-savvy people on the Internet. All those who support Internet freedoms and individual rights will join our ranks. When we become a political force, we will have a legitimate impact on public policy. We will span across more than just governments. We will be directly involved in the political process, while fighting the corrupt practices that pervade it, and will use it to support individual freedoms. ”
The group said that its main objective is to fight for internet freedom and civil rights, the thinq_ reported.