Remastering Ubuntu and creating your own distribution is easy. In fact, this is part of my day job and I can tell you that a child could do it with a little nudge in the right direction. Anonymous, or more accurately, some anonymous person, has remastered Ubuntu 11.10 to create the Anonymous OS. Trust me when I tell you, this is not an altruistic release. It can’t be.
Why? First you should get a little insight on how Anonymous really creates a botnet of sheep to bring websites down. Hacktivism means nothing if so unscrupulous to begin with.
From the project’s homepage:
Anonymous-OSLive is an ubuntu-based distribution and created under Ubuntu 11.10 and uses Mate desktop.
Created for educational purposes,
to checking the security of web pages.
Please don’t use any tool to destroy any web page
If you attack to any web page,
might end up in jail because is a crime in most countries!
*** The user has total responsibility for any illegal act. ***
Thanks to all author tools!
So, Where Are The Profits?
We are so glad that you asked! What you should really be asking is “How does Mozilla generate income?”. If you don’t already know, one way the the Mozilla Foundation generates income is through search. The company, and the foundation, have long relied on Google as a partner for search, allowing Mozilla take take a cut from the ad revenue you generated as a user.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. Firefox is the default web browser is Ubuntu 11.10 the Mozilla uses this as a form of revenue. Why bother messing with it? Because Anonymous wants a piece of the pie from it’s unsuspecting legion.
Linux Mint recently inked a deal with DuckDuckGo, making them the default search provider on their immensely popular, Ubuntu based distribution. Essentially what they’ve done, while perfectly legal, is robbed the Mozilla Foundation. Anonymous is no different. There is no explainable reason for switching to a search provider that uses Bing as a back-end over Google. Both engines claim to offer privacy, though ironically, users of Anonymous OS are likely to be logged into Google’s services to satiate at least one need while using Duck Duck Go.
I think it is fair to presume the Anonymous, or some individual with a Guy Fawkes mask, is using Duck Duck Go to generate profits.