Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership SOPA 2.0? Anonymous Says So

First came SOPA and PIPA, but now internet-liberty advocates -- such as hacktivist group Anonymous -- warn that a new measure, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could be the next affront to a free web.

The org tweeted this morning a rally to stop the TPP, which is currently being negotiated in Hollywood.

The free-trade agreement -- now discussed by nine nations including the U.S. -- is said to include rules on intellectual property that would make participating countries adopt "copyright measures far more restrictive than currently required by international treaties, including the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement," according to the Electric Frontier Foundation.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About SOPA

SOPA, the Stop Internet Piracy Act, is the latest congressional move to put an end to the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material.

The basic idea of SOPA -- now considered in the House of Representatives -- and its Senate analog, the Protect Intellectual Property Act, purportedly aims at protecting intellectual property.

Critics -- including sci-fi star William Gibson, who wrote cyberpunk classic Neuromancer and came up with the term "cyberspace" -- say that the proposed laws are so poorly written, however, that they threaten freedom of speech, according to the Wall Street Journal. They say that websites could get in trouble simply for featuring links to other websites containing copyrighted media.

Though lawmakers seem less enthused about SOPA and PIPA than before -- MSNBC reports that supporters have eased up, that the Obama administration has voiced uncertainty about the bill, and that votes on both legislations have been delayed -- internet giants have planned a "blackout" tomorrow to protest the proposed laws. Their basic plan: to go dark for a day and "display a message of protest on a black background."

Among them?

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'Invade Wall Street': Occupy Wall Street's Evil (And Probably Fake) Twin

Occupy Wall Street is in its 18th day. Things are picking up steam a bit: the protesters have a big rally with the Transport Workers Union planned for tomorrow and they've also teamed up with a fancy PR firm, though they deny that they asked for any professional help with their media relations. But now Anonymous is messing with the game plan, as it's wont to do (not that there's necessarily a real game plan here). "Invade Wall Street" is a planned DDoS attack on the New York Stock Exchange. Sounds pretty typical, except Anonymous is denying that it's involved. Or is it? Here we go again.

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Occupy Wall Street Responds to Release of Pepper-Spraying Cop's Information

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NYPD congregated across the street from Zuccotti Park yesterday afternoon.
Anonymous has leaked the personal information of the cop who, according to photographs and video, is thought to be responsible for pepper-spraying young women during the Occupy Wall Street protest on Saturday. It is one Anthony Bologna, a Deputy Inspector for Patrol Borough Manhattan South. Bologna's badge was photographed on this blog and Anonymous has created a Pastebin document containing Bologna's possible phone numbers plus the names of his family members and possible addresses. The Anonymous release reads:

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Talking Points Memo Brought Down in Apparent Hacker Attack

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Talking Points Memo (or TPM, as the kids call it), was down for about 8 hours overnight. This major site interruption comes after they ran 14 mugshots of alleged members of the hacker group Anonymous after their arrests. TPM obtained the mugshots through the Freedom of Information Act and were not the only site to post the images (Gawker posted the images as well, but their site didn't face any apparent issues). There is no direct evidence that it was an Anonymous attack, but the timing is one hell of a coincidence.

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Anonymous Doesn't Actually Want to Destroy Facebook

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Stop backing up your Facebook photos, because hacker collective Anonymous' plot to kill the 'book was all a big misunderstanding. Not a hoax, exactly; there was once a plan by an Anonymous user named Speakeasy and associates to raise awareness about Facebook's privacy policies and start an alternate social networking service. The originators of the idea handed over the reigns to the social network, Anonplus, to others, but left scraps of their work behind. Like in a game of Telephone, those scraps were distorted in the hands of other Internet trolls and eventually it was made to seem as though Anonymous was hell-bent on Facebook's destruction.

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Anonymous Wants To Destroy Facebook

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Anonymous, the shady-yet-principled hacktivist group that has previously hacked into Iran's government emails, the Pentagon, possibly the IMF, News Corp, Anders Breivik's Twitter account, and much more, has a new target in its crosshairs: Facebook. The hackers have set the date for Facebook's demise as November 5, 2011. The reason? Ironically, they're worried about privacy. Full text of their press release after the jump.

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Anders Behring Breivik's Twitter Account Hacked

The Twitter account belonging to Anders Behring Breivik, the man who murdered over 90 people in Norway in twin attacks over a week ago, appears to have been hacked.

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That tweet indicates that "hacktivist" group Anonymous is behind the hack.

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