Anonymous (Million Mask March 2019): The Million Mask March is an annual event that is organized by individuals who affiliate themselves with the Anonymous Collective around the world on November 5th. The event is held as a peaceful protest in which members march around cities of the world in order to bring attention to the so-called “operations” organized by Anonymous and to announce their displeasure with different groups or people. These marches are held in cities of all sizes and usually focus on a few major ongoing operations. In the past, the group has been violent in some of their protests; for example, violent events occurred in London, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia during the 2015 march. This year’s march occurred without any mention of major violence happening in any of the cities where marches took place. Many members of the group have been talking about the size of the march this year, stating that it grew globally. This being said, some cities such as London and Washington D.C. saw a smaller turnout than in the past, whereas places such as Barcelona, Chile, Tunisia, Nepal, and even Italy had turnouts that were higher than expected. Members from Anonymous Italy and LulzSecITA took to Twitter announcing that they went a step further and carried out cyber-attacks at the same time that the marches were taking place. The group tweeted a link to a page to download the dumped data that was accumulated from the Chamber of Deputies, the prefecture of Naples, the order of the lawyers of Arezzo, Grosseto and Perugia, the Environment Agency in the Abruzzo and Puglia regions and many other sites. As of now, 5.4GB of data is available for download, but that may not be all of the data that was stolen. Although the data was dumped, the groups did not do anything with the data they stole themselves. Anonymous Italy made this statement: “Our data breaches should make you think about how important is what we do because the dumps we are disseminating directly affect your privacy, and at the same time we show you the incapacity of those who have taken responsibility for protecting your privacy, and that doesn’t respect the laws that they have created.”
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