A couple of days ago, this idea came up to my mind – to make a movie about the infamous “Anonymous” – a formless international organization dedicated to freedom of expression, and internet freedom.
For people less informed, they’re simply a group of hackers that do “very bad things”.
According to the news reports, the latest attack of the Anonymous came upon Vatican, as a denial of service attack was launched, that temporarily knocked the Vatican.va homepage offline on Wed. March 7, 2012.
Anonymous Hackers waged cyber war on the Vatican’s website, listing the Church’s many historical crimes and current position on birth control as its impetus for this bout of hacktivism.
On March 2nd, Interpol has announced they managed to arrest two dozen suspected members of the Anonymous hacking outfit in 4 countries.
Anonymous has long been known for creating an international network of Internet activists engaged in global hacking attacks on governmental and non-governmental online services in sign of protest against people oppressing free speech and endangering freedom of the web.
This hacking outfit has, of course, been under police scope from the very start, and now Interpol reports that it took some action recently.
Interpol report says that Anonymous has received a hit after police from Latin America and Europe has arrested twenty-five suspected members. The joint effort of the authorities from Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain led to numerous raids and multiple arrests of people between the age of 17 and 40. The police have also confiscated 250 items of equipment and cell phones.
The operation in question was carried out in response to recent DDoS attacks on the online services of the Colombian Ministry of Defence, it presidency, and Chile’s National Library and the Electric Company Endesa. Four people were arrested in Madrid and Malaga, two of them remained in custody, while the other two, including a minor, were bailed.
Spanish interior ministry also revealed that one of the four is suspected of being a manager of the hacking group’s computer operations in Spain and Latin America region.
Last month, Forbes claimed Anonymous took down the CIA.gov website, which was never really confirmed. So, now let’s see, what can be done with all this on-screen.
Anonymous on film
Since there is very little true information available on Anomymous group, filmmakers (if the idea of making the film actually is given green light) or should I say, screenwriters, can fictionalize the events. Below are some of my own thoughts and ideas, that could be considered.
– Since Anonymous seemingly is an international organization, the story could focus on one particular part of the organization, say, the one in the United States.
– The above mentioned idea could be a backstory for the main story, which would focus on one particular member of the organization, with other storylines going out of it.
– The subject of Anonymous itself could be exploited, mainly, what the organization really is – a group of highly skilled hackers that rip apart websites that they do not like, or actually a very-well organized international group of computer geniuses that try to make a point (or a statement) for the greater good, using the only ways they know – through cyberspace.
– I assume Anonymous has its own “set of rules & regulations” that all members are obliged to follow, this could be used in the story.
– In my opinion, the film should be a social drama with a lot of high-tech stuff (unlike “Social Network”) in it.
– The ending of the film should have some sort of a twist, with a “anonymous lives on, we might have caught some members, but the organization is very much alive” message.
– From what I’ve read online, no news articles or reports ever mention any “female” members of Anonymous (like I stated before, not much of true info available on the whole issue), so I believe a strong female lead could be inserted into the script.
– The best way would be mixing fictional events with the real ones in the script, to make it richer.
– Should the film have some sort of a “message” for viewers? Probably, although I am not sure what it would be. The ones I can envision now are: “Online security is important, it needs to be strenghen, and taken very seriously”, “Anonymous tries to open eyes of millions to wrong things that are happening in the world today”, “Story of Anonymous is a vivid example of how differences between members inside the organization can simply ruin it”… sadly, this is all I have right now.
– Wikipedia has a “timeline of events” regarding Anonymous, which can also be used for additional info and ideas.
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