Over the years many folks have asked me who Anonymous is; what is it they actually do, and how to communicate with them. Below is a video briefly explaining the who and what, then below that some information to help you get in contact, and communicate with anons world-wide via IRC.
If you fit into the criteria in the above message, then you are ready to communicate with other Anons. Undoubtedly you are wondering how to do just that. Well, here is how you get your foot into the Anonymous door. Keep in mind however, this is simply a stepping stone; you would not expect to be let into the heart of critical Anonymous operations. You can get in touch with folks that participate in these goings on though, and this is how you begin your journey:
Here I will show you how to connect with HexChat, which is available for both the Linux and Windows operating systems. HexChat (a replacement for XChat) is a full-featured, cross-platform, actively developed open-source, IRC chat client, that will allow you to join multiple IRC channels simultaneously, talk publicly, and/or in private one-on-one conversations; file transfers are possible as well.
Then you will need to connect to the AnonOps IRC network, and then the #opnewblood channel to get started. AnonOps is an global comm platform frequented by Anonymous and other activists. You can connect the network by using a IRC client.
You will be able to connect to the server under most VPN’s. However, if you want to connect under Tor, then you will need a different set of connection settings. For the sake of ease, Tor will be covered in a separate post. This is simply to get new folks, with limited understanding connected to the AnonOps server. It is my recommendation to always use a VPN though, whenever you are connected to the Internet (but not necessary).
Once you download and install HexChat:
- Fill in your Nick Name and User Name in the corresponding fields
- Click on the ‘Add’ button in the ‘Server’ area.
- Enter ‘irc.anonops.com port 6697’ into the blank field
- Fill the following checkboxes: Connect to selected server only; Use SSL for all services to this network; Accept invalid SSL certificates; and Use global user information
- Be sure the pulldown menu selection in the Login method area is set to NickServ (/MSG NickServ + passord) has been selected
- Finally click the ‘Add’ button to finalize your settings, and click the ‘Close’ button to return to the connect interface.
- Click on the ‘Connect’ button to connect to the server
When you first connect, you will see a message that tells you if your Nick has been previously registered or not. If it has, then you will need to change it. If it has not, since this is your first connection, you will need to register your Nick. To do so, use the following command using any fake email address :
/msg nickserv register password firstname.lastname@example.org
After your first login and for each and every subsequent login, you will be required to identify your Nick within one minute using you registered password, or your Nick will automatically be changed; using the command, :
/msg nickserv identify password
Now you will want to connect to the Channel OpNewblood to get started in with any questions you might have. To do that, simply use the following command:
And that’s all there is to it. You have now taken the steps to getting more closely involved in Anonymous. Don’t be afraid to ask questions; that’s what the Newblood channel is all about. Remember, this is only a stepping stone. The more you communicate, the more opportunity you will have to getting more directly involved in various Anonymous operations. For more information, you can go to the AnonOps website.
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