The future will be written, as it always is, by those who are willing to engage.
Yet despite all the unprecedented recent events, 2020 and 2021 also feel very familiar to some of us. The mood has been similar to that of Anonymous’ highs in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Instead of groups like LulzSec, we have people like Keyser Soze and groups like APT-69420. Documents and source code spilled onto the internet, to the horror of governments and corporations. And inevitably, the raids began and indictments began to be returned.
Ten years ago, WikiLeaks fought censorship by making it easy to mirror their site and leaks. Today, while Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets) faces the scrutiny of the U.S. government and continues to fight our server seizure, we’re fighting censorship by making not just our data, but our model easy to mirror. Groups like DDoSecrets can be dismantled if governments are truly determined to oppress and suppress, but we’re as easily replicated as the Anonymous model or the APT-69420 model. The world can no longer be rid of hacktivists or leaktivists, not as long as people are willing.