After being portrayed as a hacker enemy in the trailer of Activision's upcoming first-person shooter game Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2, hacktivist group Anonymous has targeted company's CEO Eric Hirsberg and revealed his personal information on its own data-sharing website AnonPaste.
Anonymous' post starts with a message, saying that it's not the enemy, but if Activision wants it to be, they got it. After Hirsberg's personal information, the message ends in the distinctive Anonymous style:
We Are Antisec.
We Are Antis3curityops.
We Are Anonymous.
We Are Legion
We Do Not Forgive.
We Do Not Forget.
What ever did you think?
The hacktivist group also uploaded a video on YouTube Thursday in response to the Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 Trailer affront. The video included a message that reads like this:
Anonymous targets Activision CEO Eric Hirsberg after new Activision game Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 portrays Anonymous as the enemy.
A recently released trailer for the new Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 video game portrays Anonymous hacktivists as cyber terrorists and an enemy of the people. The trailer, released Tuesday, May 1, is creating quite as stir because of the negative portrayal of Anonymous.
Included in the trailer is a single shot of an unidentified person wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, the unofficial symbol of Anonymous, shown while the narrator explains that 'the enemy can be anywhere and can be anyone.'
Anonymous has greeted the news that they are to be the villains in the new Call of Duty game with humor and a lust for vengeance. Already Anonymous has 'doxed' (released the personal information of) Activision CEO Eric Hirsberg.
Towards the end of the video, the narrator says that Anonymous hackers are not people's enemies or terrorists.
Enemies of Anonymous, you've been warned. Expect us, the narrator ends.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is the sequel to Call of Duty: Black Ops that was released in November 2010. Black Ops 2 is set in 2025 and centers on the enemy taking control of the US army's unmanned weapon systems.
The narrative focuses on a new Cold War between the US and China. The two countries fight it out over access to rare earth minerals needed to develop modern technological necessities like mobile phones, The Inquirer explained.
According to Dave Thier of Forbes, the Guy Fawkes mask was first linked to the man, who tried to bomb Parliament in the early 17th century. After that, it was associated with the anarchist hero V of V for Vendetta.
However, today it has become the symbol of Anonymous. In most media, the mask and Anonymous have become one and the same, said Thier.
Activision's Treyarch studio may not specifically mention the word Anonymous in Black Ops 2, but flashing the Guy Fawkes mask is just enough to convey the same.
There's the possibility that some day, combat drones might be hacked by somebody wearing a Guy Fawkes mask. But I'm not comfortable with a game like Call of Duty connecting any dots, Thier wrote.
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