Anonymous Makes Their Name With Attack On SOHH
- When Hack Happened: June 2008
- Who Did It: Anonymous Hacker Group
Anonymous is known as a “decentralized international activist/hacktivist collective/movement.” Only a few people in the group have been identified, and that was due to being out of the group by that point and choosing to be identified. Before they were known as a “hacktivist collective,” they decided to deal with a group from a hip-hop message board in 2008. SOHH.com is a hip-hop news website that, at the time, had a forum and message board system. This board often went off the rails.
In their “Just Bugging Out” forum, they took shots at the Anonymous group consistently. Once Anonymous caught wind of this, they hit the site in three waves. The first wave was by flooding the website’s message board, which caused them to shut down. The group then crippled the site with numerous Denial-of-Service or DDoS attacks. The group finally defaced the homepage with racial slurs and images. While most of the hack was funny, their last wave was universally seen as terrible.