Friday, April 06, 2012

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.

Until now.

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...

Geographical Origin
United States64%
United Kingdom10%
Brazil < 1%
Spain < 1%

These statistics may not be much, but they're something. Considering the highly elusive nature of Anonymous, let's call it a starting point.


At 6:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or it could be that the blog is in English and followers who spoke other languages weren't as interested.

At 11:31 AM, Anonymous lablueyz said...

It's also reasonable to ask what number = 89%?
If that number is 10 —or 100, so what?

At 11:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You obviously don't pay attention to twitter, as yes there are a lot of English speaking Anons, but there are also a lot of text in German, Arabic, Spanish, and many others. Your while indicative of your site(being its English it will attract 99% English speaking readers) in example if I went and asked 10 people that did not like your blog if they thought it needed to be shut down and 9 of them said yes that's a 90% rate there BUT the data was asked of people who did not like your site I just didn't mention it in the poll, so the fact you even posted this shows how much you really know about the internet and its workings.

At 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Ever heard of proxies? VPNs? How many Anons are using a US proxy? Or German, Swedish, etc.

Sorry, those numbers mean nothing.

At 9:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the above poster is right, most anons use vpns to hide real IP but i would say you are right thinking the bulk of anonymous is US based.

but anonymous has active members/supporters all over the world, probably almost every country in the world.

don't be scared as long as your not a tyrant anonymous means no harm.

At 3:21 PM, Anonymous Brian Rowdy said...

Ah, what you have there looks more like fringe interest in Anonymous. Only the casually curious and n00b fans would actually follow the Twit account along with the press. Tweets and your blog are in English, so no surprise which countries top your stats. Probability is that only a tiny percent of these visitors are even hobby hackers or script kiddies. No VPN or proxies being used by those folk, they are just clicking and gaping fools and most of them are in the US.

Let's review:
Anon members: Less than 10% probable maybe I'm a fool and it's 1%
Gaping internet Monkeys from the US: 60% or more.
Possibility that other country stats are boosted by traveling (Clicky & Gaping) Americans 90%

LOL, it's fun to play with numbers even if they don't mean much.


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