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Related groups Lulz Sec and Operation Anti Sec carried out cyberattacks on U. government agencies, media, video game companies, military contractors, military personnel, and police officers, resulting in the attention of law enforcement to the groups' activities.Dozens of people have been arrested for involvement in Anonymous cyberattacks in countries including the U. K., Australia, the Netherlands, Spain, India, and Turkey.
Anons have publicly supported Wiki Leaks and the Occupy movement.Usage of the term Anonymous in the sense of a shared identity began on imageboards, particularly the /b/ board of 4chan, dedicated to random content.A tag of Anonymous is assigned to visitors who leave comments without identifying the originator of the posted content.This is an Internet-based, non-extremist, socialist community movement that looks for answers to questions that are unanswered.Gabriella Coleman writes of the group: "In some ways, it may be impossible to gauge the intent and motive of thousands of participants, many of who don't even bother to leave a trace of their thoughts, motivations, and reactions. There's a common phrase: 'we are doing it for the lulz.' Because Anonymous has no leadership, no action can be attributed to the membership as a whole.
Users of 4chan's /b/ board would occasionally join into mass pranks or raids.