When on one hand Anon fights Sony and other corporates with their DDoS attacks, it is also fighting an internal war for leadership and control. AnonOps was the very control center of Anon, with all instructions and operations being directed from this IRC channel. Ryan, who was also assuming control as the top-level management at Anon was a moderator at the IRC channels.
This incident marks a clear rift in Anon. On one hand where there is a group of hackers who accept anyone wanting to fire up a LOIC and join in hacks while on the other hand, there is a closed faction consisting of uber hackers, who do not want to have anything to do with noobs.
The rift got bigger and now, Ryan is attacking AnonOps. Ryan has a significant amount of control over Anon as all AnonOps domains are registered in his name. He is also one of the mods on the AnonOps IRC channels that read “anonops dead go home” now. AnonOps might not be the only place where Anon meets, but it was their hot action center until now.
Though, while Ryan was taking down AnonOps with a DDoS himself, those on the AnonOps IRC were discussing plans to break free and go rouge. The democratic leaders at Anon have released a statement on Ryan’s actions saying,
We regret to inform you today that our network has been compromised by a former IRC-operator and fellow helper named “Ryan”. He decided that he didn’t like the leaderless command structure that AnonOps Network Admins use. So he organised a coup d’etat, with his “friends” at skidsr.us . Using the networks service bot “Zalgo” he scavenged the IP’s and passwords of all the network servers (including the hub) and then systematically aimed denial of service attacks at them (which is why the network has been unstable for the past week). Unfortunately he has control of the domain names AnonOps.ru (and possibly AnonOps.net, we don’t know at this stage) so we are unable to continue using them.
Anon is struggling internally for conflict of interest and trust issues. What happens behind those closed doors, stays well behind closed doors. We can speculate all we want. However, one thing is clear from here. Ryan is fighting Owen for leadership and control and this is breaking up Anon, exposing it pretty badly in the process.