Who is Anonymous? STATS
The hacker group known as Anonymous frequently makes headlines for everything from launching denial-of-service attacks in support of Wikileaks to protesting the SOPA bill alongside Google and Wikipedia.
As they've grown in notoriety, one question has remained... Who is Anonymous? What are the characteristics of its members? As you can imagine, this has not been information easily attained.
Last Wednesday, The Nerfherder published a post titled, "Being Code-Literate vs. Being a Good Programmer". For whatever reason, Anonymous' Twitter account - @yourAnonNews - thought it was "great" and tweeted a link to the post.
I was simultaneously flattered and mildly frightened.
Anyway, what's significant is that, in analyzing this blog's traffic patterns, I suddenly have some extremely rare statistics to share on the characteristic makeup of Anonymous. See, their link went mini-viral and generated 89.6% of this blog's traffic for the week. That means we can generate with almost 90% accuracy the following statistics about Anonymous' Twitter followers...
These statistics may not be much, but they're something. Considering the highly elusive nature of Anonymous, let's call it a starting point.