2600 Magazine, a quarterly journal for the hacker community published since 1984, is condemning the recent DDoS (denial of service) attacks that Anonymous -- a loosely-knit group of people from /b/, a subset of 4chan -- are currently engaged in.
As 2600 explains, "these attacks, in addition to being a misguided effort that doesn't accomplish very much at all, are incredibly simple to launch and require no technical or hacker skills". Reportedly, what these attacks really accomplish is give a bad name to the hacker community and are "no better than the strong-arm tactics we are fighting against."
Instead, explains 2600, there are a number of positive steps people can take, whether they are hackers or not: educate people on the importance of WikiLeaks; boycott companies that are trying to shut them up; most importantly, they note, to talk to your friends, family, co-workers and to "stand-up for what you believe in."
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