The ex-hacker, who was once feted for his attacks on the servers at The New York Times, WorldCom and Microsoft, warns of media misrepresentations that make Anonymous appear almost unbeatable. According to the Colombian-American, Anonymous enjoys a rather big “PR success” among media organisations, and it is not being effectively questioned by journalists.
“There’s a societal trend to make Anonymous appear rather larger than life, cheerleaded by Anonymous themselves, various security and threat analysis firms who benefit from the added stress on the market, and by the media itself which well knows the public is head-over-heels for a vaguely human villain,” he told the IBTimes UK.
According to Lamo, Anonymous needs to be fact-checked by media organisations otherwise “it can be emboldened to carry out more ambitious targets”.
“Anonymous is a loosened collective, eventually associated with everyone who takes their name, there is no war being waged against them ,” he added. “I can see no rational point in what they’re doing.”
However, according to Lamo, Anonymous’ members are not all unreasonable. “I have an ongoing dialogue with people at the senior levels of the collective,” he claims.