#Infosec 2012: Anonymous' hacktivism attacks the next evolution in ongoing security battles

 Infosec: Anonymous' hacktivism is nothing new and is simply the latest incarnation of hacking trends dating back to the early 1990s, according to Kaspersky Labs researcher David Jacoby.
Jacoby stated that Anonymous is simply following the pattern of older hackers, with the only real difference between the collective and its predecessors being the number of individuals participating in its attacks.

"The funny thing with Anonymous and LulzSec and all these hacktivists is that it's not new. If you look in the 1990s we had people like Kevin Mitnick," he said in an interview with V3.

"Then we had the masters of deception that hacked into the NASA, and then mafiaboy who was linked to service attacks against eBay and Amazon. The only thing that's different is the number of people participating."

The Kaspersky Labs researcher went on to suggest that the group's rise to prominence was simply a part of the security industry's cyclical nature.

"Every tenth year or so there are attackers, cybercrime increases and security companies figure out there's a problem. They work and work and the security level goes down, then there's a new group of attackers," said Jacoby.

"Anonymous says ‘expect us' and they were expected. Security experts knew something was coming. All that surprised us was how it boomed."

Jacoby went on to state that he was unsurprised when several of the collective's prominent members, such as the alleged leader of Team Poison "Trick", turned out to be teenagers.

"If you look at the people demonstrating in the streets, they're not 50-year-olds, they're kids. It's young people that are angry so it's them that go to Anonymous," said Jacoby.

Jacoby's comments come in the wake of research by Imperva suggesting Anonymous is evolving its hacking techniques to target companies' corporate data.