‘We Are Legion’ Explains Anonymous

“Anonymous kind of was like the strong, buff kid who had low self esteem and then all of a sudden punched somebody in the face and was like, ‘Holy Shit, I’m really strong!'”

This was just one great quote from We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, which premiered last night at Austin’s South By South West festival in a jammed Vimeo Theater.

Brian Knappenberger’s documentary is a revealing look at the culture of 4Chan and Anonymous, showing the world just how much power this loose but large group really has. In addition to Knappenberger, Internet activist and sometime Anon Gregg Housh led a fascinating Q&A session following the movie, demonstrating how the filmmakers have been able to gain the trust of, and therefore access to, many of the individuals who “are” Anonymous. This movie is going to be huge and I’m hoping to see it released generally soon. Until then, here’s the trailer:

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  • rtb61

    ‘Anonymous’ is only as strong as a particular issue is popular. So both no power at all and a global super power, it is always about the issues, not an organisation or celebrity members.
    17 to 35 arggh more like 12 to 75, from great grandchildren to great grandparents.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruce-Miller/100000952005408 Bruce Miller

    Asian factor not realised here.  more, English speaking Asian on the net than their are Americans alive today. They operate in loosely knit groupings,use Ubuntu and other Open Source Operating Systems, and for the most apart dominate the unsuspecting U.S. computer scene.

    • Mike Cynical

      Which language are you speaking right now? Its tough to tell.

  • Mamagriff50

    Unsung Heroes…….The voice of the people!        BRAVO.

  • Fuzz3r

    I hate when the cool shits turn in to fashion.. now hacking is in the main-stream..
    fuck that shit.

    90% is not able to were a hat for sure.. easy sqli is not hacking  at all.

  • http://twitter.com/MiGaOh Michael G. O’Hair

    That clip was just about as accurate as this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKFOx0UYrzs

  • glitchbomb

    …..lol

  • Redacted

    No. I am anoymous, and this is not what I do.

    I am not anonymous, but I am.

  • Jkyennick

    the only way foward

  • YOURALLWRONG

    SEE IN THE END THATS ALL ITS ABOUT IS SELLING BIG TIME & ALL I SEE ARE THE NEXT WARLORDS, CORPORATE EXECS, BUSINESS MEN, ETC. & LIKE ANY OTHER THEY WANT MONEY, POWER, FAME & CONTROL. THEY ARE A VERY LOOSE GROUP INDEED THE PUBLIC SHOULD KNOW WHO THEY CAN HAVE ARRESTED WHEN THESE (mostly little masked kids 15-25 yrs old) TAKE TO THE STREETS WITH FIREBOMBS, RIOTING ETC. WHEN THERE TOLD & FORCED TO DESPAND ALONG WITH THERE LITTLE COUNTERPART OWS & ALL THERE DONATION MONEY THAT NOONE IS TRUELLY SEEING WHO HOLDS IT CLAIMS IT & WHAT ITS BEING USED FOR! SO WHO WILL WHO IS GETTING THE MONEY CROM THIS MOVIE!?! OF COURSE THERES NO APPOINTED LEADERR THERES ALL THESE HACKERS HACKING A TYPES OF PEOPLES PRIVATE & BUSINESS RECORDS! LITTLE HIPSTERS BEING LED AROUND ON CLOWN MASKS WITH A TERRORIST KARMA TO IT THAT IS RATHER
    R

    • lolsome

       i dont mean to alarm you, but your capslock is on.

    • Anon

       omfg you may be the most ignorant person on the internet..

      • cybersleuth58

        No, the most ignorant person on the net is busy texting Glenn Beck & Rush Limbaugh with programming ideas. YOURALLWRONG is the NEXT most ignorant person on the web.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N7ALIJGK2R55DAGQ2DIOHB4ZCU Richard

      This idiot is a shining example of Goethe’s statement that “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free”.

      • mockcongler

         Goatse’s statement?

    • Conan

      Dare you to speak the name of Crom, infidel?

    • z@ch

      I apologize for being rude, but FUCK OFF. And I know it’s trolling up there, but that was some uninformed stupid shit.

  • Myhungr

    these people hacked our student (U:) drives on the school computers at our high school ……. teachers were not to happy xD

  • Jonq

    They should check out the HAARP website.  ***especially the disclaimer***  weird

  • Guest

     Fascinating stuff!

  • Mike Cynical

    Anonymous was better when they were taking on scientology. now all they do is take down websites for a few hours just because they can.

    • Firestarter

      Sup, that’s not all they do, l2google.

      Thanks for your ignorance, peace brah.

      • Pb

         Yeah, they also post child pornography

        • anon

           lol heard of dark net? heard about anon taking down dark net and publishing many users names? Didn’t see your gov’t or authorities doing anything to help them kids. Anon made it happen and as aresult a bunch of poor young people were taken out of that abusive situation. Regardless of anything else they have done that’s enough for me. Anuyone associating with anon is good peepz in my books!

    • Shnub

       They also leak government documents as a form of protest

      • Third_stone

        They lek our documents that are being hidden from us by our employees, helping us to better informed and better voters. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/alexander.cardosa Alexander Cardosa

      Ignorance must be your security blanket. 

  • Paul Panza

    Message to Anon: How about hacking the military satellites of Planet Earth and freeing humanity from the rain/reign of death from above. The Blue Meanies control US from above. Also you might want to turn off the multiple HAARP sites that are generating many of the equakes and creating the actual man-made climate change mechanism. Your time is running out to accomplish the necessary attacks to free humanity from the umbrella of slavery.

    • PJF

      Not Sure if troll or just stupid

      • cybersleuth58

        Both… No need for either/or dichotomies here. 

  • discusthrower

    a montage of sound bites… isn’t anonymous more like have to do with computers and computer science?  Or is it about hipsters in documentaries…..

  • Lars Bohr

    ROFLMAO!! We never Forgive We never Forget….LMMFAO!!! Boo!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N7ALIJGK2R55DAGQ2DIOHB4ZCU Richard

    Who can control the computers of the world can control the world.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=511439946 Dino Mangino

    I’m still not convinced that the “legion” is not being coordinated by the UN or NATO via a pseudo- gov agency, and hackers thinking they are connecting for liberty and freedom are just easily being tagged by who  have an agenda of eventual round-up when a lockdown  gets ordered from above.
    If people remember history, the term Legion is refered to in the bible… it was the name of the demons bound together that Jesus cast out into the herd of pigs, because it begged to be not cast into hell. Then it ran the pigs off the cliff, and was set free on the earth again… They say the world leaders are Luciferianists, which again- just another name of Human excuses of intellectual psychobabble reasoning of humanist based satanism- based on the lies of Lucifer dating back to the garden of eden, and magic that was forbidden by God.So why would a hacker group called Anonymous (who want freedom) use a term “legion” that is associated historically to a group of demons bound together into one.. if it isn’t part of the evil  system of control?Just something to think about…

    • http://gorgeaccess.net/ Ric Frye

      Want a nice vinagrette to go with that word salad?

    • the debil

      lol BOO!

  • Third_stone

    Expect the movie maker to be tortured then charged with associating with known terrorists.

    • Stan Williams

      or arrested ranting nude in public while under the influence……

  • somegal

    They kicked my ass pretty good and I lost a tooth :(

  • C. Alex Wilsted

    Green face was better, Guy Fauxe mask is ghey

  • somegal

    Have they gotten the Patriot Act repealed?  That would be a nice start :)   

  • Knights_templar_1118

    It is not only 17 to 35 year olds involved! I am 63 and I support Anonymous and it’s activities 100%! I only wish I knew how to hack so I could actively join them! Not so bad of a old fart, Huh??

  • Andycalla27

    generaly people seem 2 be blind to the continual brainwashing of the worlds governments over many years,even in our schools we are being trained to think a certain way, blinded by false historical facts creating robots rather then individual free thinking people, maybe the zeigiest seris of films would be of more benifit in our history lessons,the truth is out there lets share it…….power to the people.

  • http://profiles.google.com/alexander.cardosa Alexander Cardosa

    Good for them, now its time to go after the inside snitch for the FBI. 

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