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Contemporary activism comes in all shapes and forms, but most successfully through the cyber world where management’s disconnect with modernity is often extreme. Having been the subject of a couple of cyber attacks, we at Biznews are aware of how important it is to build your defences. But even the most sophisticated of these is little match for the global do-gooder group Anonymous a specialist in attacking those perceived to be abusing their responsibility. Anonymous usually targets the corrupt who possess power, in line with the mission of its icon Guy Fawkes who, in 1605, was caught with a stash of gunpowder intended to blow up the seat of Government, earning the description of being “the last man who entered Parliament with honest intentions.” Being targeted by this network of highly skilled “hacktivists” is a company’s worst nightmare. As South Africa’s national broadcaster discovered yesterday when it received the first shot across the bows in response to its recent imposition of censorship designed to support the ruling political party. – Alec Hogg
By Gareth van Zyl