OTTAWA - Canada's spy agency says the online collective Anonymous isn't just a thorn in the side of the powerful, but the new model for digital hacktivism.
Anonymous has carried out attacks against governments, corporations and others in the name of free speech, Internet liberties and, more so in the last year, anti-capitalist causes.
A newly declassified report from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service says although hacktivism — a blend of hacker smarts and social activism — has existed for years, it is only now that conditions have allowed such groups to flourish.
CSIS points to the global reach of the Internet, the availability of numerous free attack tools and the growth of social networking sites.
Anonymous captured headlines in Canada earlier this year with threatening demands that Public Safety Minister Vic Toews resign over a federal bill that would give police and spies easier access to information about Internet users.
Anonymous followed through on the threats, posting a series of videos featuring a disguised female voice discussing alleged details of Toews' past.
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Spies aren't usually assassins. But some weapons, like this umbrella, have been used in the field. The assassination umbrella is equipped with a pellet of toxic ricin that will infect and kill its target slowly over the course of a few days. Its last known use was on Bulgarian defector and BBC reporter Georgi Markov in London, 1978.
Dead Drop Brick
Spies in Moscow in the 60s had a variety of "dead drops" they could use to secretly pass around notes and other contraband, including these hollow bricks.
Dead Drop Rat
Rats' hollowed-out bodies also served as an effective dead drop for money, notes and other contraband being moved around Moscow.
Exploding Coal Paint Set
Spies would use fake, exploding coal to sabotage supply lines -- and this paint set to make the coal look real.
In the 40s, spies were using cameras smaller than your smartphone!
Think you could be a spy? Try floating a one-man submarine into Singapore harbor and planting mines on Japanese ships in World War II. Not easy, but this submersible is cool.
Lock Picks Kit
And they all fit in this handy dandy sheath.
Time-Delay Pencil Detonators
With these bad boys, you could even get away BEFORE the explosion.
The OSS designed the Beano grenade to feel like a baseball and explode on impact -- rather than bouncing away from its target and blowing up elsewhere.