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Anonymous Releases Its Own Linux-based Operating System

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Anonymous has released an operating system based on Ubuntu 11.10 called Anonymous-OS.

We "expect" Anonymous to launch coordinated DDoS attacks on sites that fall within their wrath. We "expect" Anonymous to be vocal about beliefs on political corruption and the rights of everyday people. But what we didn't expect to see was an actual operating system from the hactivist group, yet it seemingly makes perfect sense given their view of governments and corporations worldwide.

Called Anonymous-OS Live, the 32-bit platform is built on top of the open-source Linux-based Ubuntu 11.10 operating system. It uses the Mate desktop and comes packed with pre-installed software including the Tor browser, Hash Identifier, XChat IRC, SQL Poison, Find Host IP, ParolaPass Password Generator, Anonymous HOIC and more.

According to the Anonymous-OS website, the platform was created for "educational purposes" while also designed for checking the security of web pages. Users can boot with the new OS by creating a LiveUSB using Unetbootin which is located here. But given that the OS wasn't developed by any Genuine Source, curious downloaders should use the software with extreme caution, as it could be back-doored by any law enforcement company or hacker.

"Please don’t use any tool to destroy any web page," Anonymous states. "If you attack to any web page, [you] might end up in jail because it's a crime in most countries. The user has total responsibility for any illegal act."

Anonymous-OS Live v0.1 is free and available immediately for download by heading here (1.4 GB). Downloads have already surpassed 4,600 and the group says it is currently trying to respond to all feedback emails as quickly as possible. They also claim that the OS is 100-percent safe to use... just like any other Linux distribution.

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    Micropat , 15 March 2012 16:45
    Just happen to be downloading virtualbox to give Win8 preview a whirl. I might stick in Anonymous-OS later and see. I'm well used to other linux OSes.
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    Dandalf , 15 March 2012 23:14
    So it's kinda like the less-evil version of Backtrack ;) 
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    l0ve11 , 15 March 2012 23:19
    Ha, an OS designed by Hackers. Run this on your own PC and don't be surprised if all your passwords, private photos and banking information ends up on a blog!
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    digdog , 17 March 2012 02:03
    funny how Tom's own frontpage says "Anonymous warn - AnonymousOS is fake"