Justin Bieber fans launched a hack attack in retaliation for Biber’s loss in the “Best New Artist” category at the Grammys. They did a totally crappy job.
We don’t know much about Operation Anonymous. So far, at least, they’re effectively anonymous, their likes and dislikes only manifesting through their hacking attacks, illustrating a web of allegiances. Most recently the group took down HBGary, a security firm that plotted against WikiLeaks on behalf of Bank of America. Anonymous recently took down the entire website for HBGary Federal, replacing it with the message “now the Anonymous hand is bitch-slapping you in the face.” That’s some serious hacking.
We can deduce that the bitch-slapping hand of Anonymous was decidedly absent in the Wki-hack war that erupted spontaneously between pro-Bieber and anti-Bieber factions after his loss in the “Best New Artist” category at last night’s Grammys. The Wikipedia page of Esperanza Spalding, who beat him in the category, went haywire, first displaying the text “BIBER 4 LYFE!” and then a counter attack: “HaHa Justin Bieber, you’re just a little boy with no Grammy for Best New Artist.”
At any rate, the WIkipedia administrators promptly locked Spalding’s page from further changes, which quickly quieted the revolt. If Bieber’s fan-hackers were anywhere near the hacking caliber of Anonymous, Spalding’s Myspace page (indeed, maybe all of Myspace) would be replaced this morning with the message: “This is the supply, boyish skin of the Bieber hand bitch-slapping you (ever so gently) in the face.”
After Bieber’s loss at the Grammys and his loss to Adam Sandler for top box office spot this weekend for his movie “Never Say Never 3D,” Bieber fever shows signs of cooling. Numerous commenters on NY Mag have described Bieber (unironically) as “a gift from God.” Bieber seems to have religious faith in spades (“Never Say Never” was screened for faith-based leaders with religious promotional materials by Paramount) but if he wants to really kick his game up to the next level, he needs to start pulling some Anonymous-level hackers into his fan base.