Thanks in no small part to the drama surrounding the 2016 election here in America, the world has been on high alert for all manner of online theatrics, particularly in the realm of conspiracy theories and hacking.
There is still a hotly contested debate in the intelligence community over the extent to which our nation’s electoral infrastructure was attacked during the 2016 election, but one thing is for certain: It did happen. There were likely no votes changed, nor was an election won or lost over the attack…it is simply imperative that we understand that these things do happen.
And when an election system is the target of these cyber-actors, is anything else really off-limits anymore? Can we believe even a tiny fragment of what we see and hear in the media?
Such is the case this week as the infamous Qanon conspiracy theory goes up against the might of hacker collective Anonymous.
The hacking collective Anonymous is pledging to expose the people behind the “QAnon” conspiracy theory.
The anarchist hacking group slammed the QAnon conspiracy as potentially dangerous and driven by a “brainless political agenda” in a video posted Sunday to what is widely considered the most reliable Anonymous Twitter account.
“We will not sit idly by while you take advantage of the misinformed and poorly educated,” the group said in the video, which was posted with the hashtags #OpQ and #OpQAnon.
The video depicts various figures with Anonymous masks acting out certain aspects of the QAnon conspiracy against a constant backdrop of the letter “Q.”
The video claims that Anonymous “knew who was responsible for Q” and thought it was funny at first. However, the group now believes the conspiracy theory has gone too far.
The Qanon conspiracy, which has been expanded into what some are calling “the plan to save the world”, has been festering in the internet for some time, and in recent weeks a number of “Q” tee shirts have begun to pop up at events where Donald Trump is scheduled to appear.