Hide your secrets: Anonymous wants to launch a WikiLeaks competitor

Love 'em or hate 'em, it's hard to ignore Anonymous. The hacktivist is famously associated with, among other things, protests against the Church of Scientology, takedowns of government websites, cyber-attacks, and—from time to time—just rampant trolling.

Judging from this report from The Hacker News, however, it looks as though Anonymous's latest endeavor is quite serious. An unnamed individual, who identified himself as a representative of the collective, recently conducted an email interview with The Voice of Russia with regard to the TYLER project.

In the interview, Anonymous explained that TYLER will be "like WikiLeaks on steroids." Scheduled to exit beta testing on November 5th and to go live on December 21, TYLER was apparently designed to "expose corruption malfeasance and counter Internet censorship."

Sounds just like WikiLeaks, doesn't it? That's because it's supposed to be. If you're wondering why Anonymous came up with TYLER, the reason is simple: They're no longer playing on Julian Assange's team. "[W]hat we will do is cease from this day all support of any kind for WikiLeaks or Julian Assange. No longer will Anonymous risk prison to defend WikiLeaks or Julian Assange from their enemies. No longer will Anonymous risk prison to supply material for WikiLeaks disclosures. Anonymous turns it's back on WikiLeaks," Anonymous declared in a statement.

Whatever the case may be, one thing is clear: Now's a great time to make sure you're not on Anonymous's naughty list.

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