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Anonymous Says Anonymous OS Didn’t Come From Them and is Loaded with Malware

by Sean P. Aune | March 15, 2012March 15, 2012 10:15 am PST

Anonymous mask

One of the big issues when you call your group “Anonymous” is that anyone can claim to be you, and in some cases can do evil under your name.

News of an Anonymous sponsored operating system called “Anonymous OS” has been circulating for a few days now, but it hit critical mass yesterday with numerous news outlets picking up the story. All told, over 20,000 copies of the Ubuntu-powered desktop have been downloaded thus far, promising to give you handy access to some of the tools the loose knit group of hackers use to carry out their missions.

The problem is, it seems that this was not put together by Anonymous, and they have taken to one of their official Twitter accounts to not only disown it, but also warn folks that it is loaded with malware.

Our recommendation is to avoid the operating system whether or not you think it’s real. The potential is definitely there for it to be a trap, and not one you should take no matter how curious you may be about the included tools.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...