We Are Anonymous, We are Legion, We do not forget, We do not forgive

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**Anonymous** is a [decentralized]( "Decentralized") international [activist]( "Activism") and [hacktivist]( "Hacktivism") [collective]( "Collective") and [movement]( "Social movement") primarily known for its various [cyberattacks]( "Cyberattack") against several governments, government institutions and [government agencies]( "Government agency"), [corporations]( "Corporation"), and the [Church of Scientology]( "Church of Scientology"). Anonymous originated in 2003 on the [imageboard]( "Imageboard") [4chan]( "4chan") representing the concept of many online and offline community users simultaneously existing as an "[anarchic]( "Anarchy")", digitized "[global brain]( "Global brain")" or "[hivemind]( "Collective consciousness")".[\[2\]]([\[3\]]([\[4\]]( Anonymous members (known as *anons*) can sometimes be distinguished in public by the wearing of [Guy Fawkes masks]( "Guy Fawkes mask") in the style portrayed in the [graphic novel]( "Graphic novel") and film *[V for Vendetta]( "V for Vendetta")*.[\[5\]]( Some anons also opt to mask their voices through [voice changers]( "Voice changer") or [text-to-speech]( "Text-to-speech") programs. Dozens of people have been arrested for involvement in Anonymous [cyberattacks]( "Cyberattack") in countries including the [United States]( "United States"), the [United Kingdom]( "United Kingdom"), [Australia]( "Australia"), the [Netherlands]( "Netherlands"), [South Africa]( "South Africa"),[\[6\]]( [Spain]( "Spain"), [India]( "India"), and [Turkey]( "Turkey"). Evaluations of the group's actions and effectiveness vary widely. Supporters have called the group "freedom fighters"[\[7\]]( and digital [Robin Hoods]( "Robin Hood"),[\[8\]]( while critics have described them as "a cyber lynch mob"[\[9\]]( or "cyber terrorists".[\[10\]]( In 2012, *[Time]( "Time (magazine)")* called Anonymous one of the "[100 most influential people]( "Time 100")" in the world.[\[11\]]( Anonymous' media profile diminished by 2018,[\[12\]]([\[13\]]( but the group re-emerged in 2020 to support the [George Floyd protests]( "George Floyd protests") and other causes.[\[14\]]([\[15\]](


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