The Gay Nigger Association of America, (more commonly known by the acronym GNAA) are a tightly-knit[8] group of anti-blogging trolls[9] who take their name from the 1992 Danish movie Gayniggers from Outer Space[10][2] responsible for many high profile[11] internet trolls,[12][13][14] as well as software products[15] and security releases.[16] The group maintains a wiki-based site dedicated to commenting on notable Internet events and parodying Slashdot posts, as well as offering a git-based repository known as "Trollforge" for GNAA coding projects.[5]

Members engage in such activities as flooding weblogs,[17][9][18] producing shock sites,[15][19] prank-calling technical support telephone lines,[20] protesting,[21] IRC channel disruption,[22][23] Proof of concept demonstrations,[24] and even trolling CNN.[11][25] These actions have occasionally interrupted the normal operation of popular websites such as Slashdot, even forcing some websites to shut down temporarily. As such, targeted communities generally consider GNAA crapfloods to be a serious matter and frequently respond with technological and social anti-trolling measures such as moderation systems to limit future disruption.[8]

Despite the name, which according to new media researcher Andrew Lih caused immediate alarm in anyone with a semblance of good taste, the group claims that it promotes neither racism nor homophobia. Its aim is to sow disruption on the Internet.[9] Lih has noted on the groups activities within Wikipedia, claiming that by adhering to every rule, they can use the system against itself.[26]

Relationship with Apple Inc. Edit

In July 2004, two GNAA members submitted leaked screenshots of the forthcoming operating system Mac OS X v10.4 to the popular Apple Macintosh news website MacRumors, which read "With WWDC just days away, the first Tiger information and screenshots appears to have been leaked. According to sources, Apple will reportedly provide developers with a Mac OS X 10.4 Preview copy at WWDC on Monday. The screenshots provided reportedly come from this upcoming developer preview."[27] Later, when accusations were raised that the images were fabricated, the GNAA released a press release which claimed that the screenshots were genuine, and that they had "trolled" the Apple community.[28]

In June 2005, the GNAA claimed[29] to have created a Mac OS X Tiger release for Intel x86 processors which caught media attention from various sources.[30][31][32] The next day, the supposed leak made front page news on Slashdot[33] and was mentioned on the G4 show Attack of the Show[34] The DVD image released onto BitTorrent merely booted an image of hello.jpg instead of the leaked operating system as some had thought,[35] and the remaining several gigabytes of space on the DVD was filled with a repetition of the text "GNAAGNAA..."[citation needed].

Goatse Security Edit

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Main article: Goatse Security

Goatse Security are a group of white hat[36] information security professionals founded by the GNAA[6][37] and made up of GNAA members.[38][39][2] Goatse Security attracted mainstream media attention for their disclosure of 114,000 email addresses[40][41] registered to Apple iPad devices for early adopters of Apple's 3G iPad service, causing Apple Inc.'s stock price to drop.[42] The data was aggregated from AT&T's own servers by feeding a publicly available script with HTTP requests containing randomly generated ICC-IDs, which would then return the associated email address.

This incident culminated in the arrest of GNAA President[38] Andrew 'weev' Auernheimer on unrelated drug charges found during an FBI search.[43][2] Goatse Security has since expressed outrage over the arrest, stating:

The warrant was executed without probable cause, as there is no way a reasonable and educated person could believe a crime was committed.

Goatse Security, [44]

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. GNAA press releases. GNAA. Accessed 2010-09-25.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Kaiser, Leon. Interview with Mick Jason. Interview: Goatse Security on FBI Charges Following AT&T iPad Breach (Transcript). DailyTech. 2011-01-19. Retrieved on 2011-01-21.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Emspak, Jesse (2011-01-19). "The Case Against The iPad Hackers". Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  4. About GNAA. GNAA. Accessed 2010-09-06.
  5. 5.0 5.1 GNAA unveils new wiki-based corporate website GNAA. Accessed 2010-08-27.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Chokshi, Niraj (2010-06-10). "Meet One of the Hackers Who Exposed the iPad Security Leak". The Atlantic (Atlantic Media Company). Retrieved 2011-02-25. "Weev rails against Jews in his LiveJournal and he and several other members of Goatse Security claim to be members of the Gay N***** Association of America. In an oddly generous literary reference, Forbes has described him as a modern Shakesperian Puck. Make of that what you will." 
  7. Rohr, Altieres (2010-06-11). "Saiba como ocorreu falha que expôs e-mails de 114 mil usuários do iPad". Rede Globo. Retrieved 2010-09-13. "“weev”, um dos integrantes do grupo, já foi citado em outras matérias do grupo Gawker Media, que deu a notícia como “exclusiva”. Ele, assim como outros membros, faz parte da GNAA, a “Associação de Gays Negros da América”. São pessoas que passam boa parte do tempo on-line tentando realizar “trotes” ou trolls. Entre os membros do grupo, e um dos principais da GNAA, está um desenvolvedor do Linux Debian. O “ex presidente” da GNAA, timecop, é conhecido na internet por fazer parte do Dattebayo – fãs que realizaram traduções dos desenhos japoneses Naruto e Bleach." 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Second Life's "Patriotic Nigras" deconstructed. BoingBoing. Accessed 2010-08-27.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Dean, Jodi (2010). "Blog Theory: Feedback and Capture in the Circuits of Drive.". Cambridge, UK: Polity Press. Retrieved 2010-08-27. "Then I got a comment from the GNAA or Gay Nigger Association of America, a group of organized anti-blogging trolls who take their name from a 1992 Danish movie, Gay-Niggers from Outerspace. GNAA claims that it promotes neither racism nor homophobia but aims rather to sow disruption on the internet. The comment on my blog was a minor instance of their more extensive disruptive practices (like "crapflooding" a site with a massive amount of text or data with no meaning or relevance: for example, a word, phrase, or group of letters repeated over and over, or producing hoax or shock sites and inserting links or code that redirect viewers to the site)." 
  10. Jodi Dean's presentation to the Cultural Studies Association in Tuscon. Jodi Dean. Accessed 2010-09-06.
  11. 11.0 11.1 GNAA Trolled CNN GNAA. Accessed 2010-09-06.
  12. MacInDell Part Quatre - The Ruby Goldmine. Gizmodo. Accessed 2010-08-27.
  13. TWiT 44: Hacked TWiT. Accessed 2010-08-27
  14. GNAA: Leo Laporte & Steve Wozniak goatse'd during recording of TWiT podcast TWiT. Accessed 2011-02-24
  15. 15.0 15.1 Last Measure. Last Measure. Accessed 2010-08-27
  16. Firefox-based attack wreaks havoc on IRC users The Register. Accessed 2010-08-27
  17. Kirkpatrick, Stewart (2005-11-25). "Lazy Guide to Net Culture: Dark side of the rainbow". Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  18. Julia Allison's Blog Is Hacked. Gawker. Accessed 2010-08-27.
  19. UNDER THE BRIDGE. Monash University. Accessed 2010-09-06.
  20. Extreme Humor. Sepia Mutiny Accessed 2010-08-27.
  21. Twitter Protest. Asylum. Access 2010-08-28
  22. Firefox Bug Used to Harass Entire IRC Network. Softpedia. Accessed 2010-08-27
  23. Bug in Firefox used by IRC network. Techworld. Accessed 2010-08-31.
  24. Very Ugly Bug at TechCrunch. Accessed 2010-08-27.
  25. GNAA: CNN reporting on troll website (2007). Accessed 2011-02-24.
  26. Lih, Andrew (17 Mar 2009). The Wikipedia Revolution: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World's Greatest Encyclopedia. Cambridge, UK: Hyperion. pp. 170-171. "What were some ways to troll and cause trouble? Create an article about something extremely controversial and offensive, but otherwise adhere to every rule of Wikipedia and use the system against itself. This was the case with creating an article that had an intentionally offensive name, the Gay Niggers Association of America. GNAA was a name that caused immediate alarm in anyone with a semblance of good taste. It was a phenomenon for many years in the online tech communities, as legions of trolls attempted to have an article in Wikipedia about the mischievous group. It's not clear a defined group ever existed as GNAA. Supposed GNAA "members" were simply troublemakers online who unified under a common moniker in an effort to disrupt Wikipedia for amusement." 
  27. Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) Screenshots?. MacRumors. Accessed 2010-08-27.
  28. GNAA Leaks Info about Apple's Next Major OS. GNAA. Accessed 2010-09-06.
  29. GNAA Announces Immediate Release of OSX_x86_YHBT. GNAA. Accessed 2010-09-06.
  30. Report: Apple Mac OS X 10.4.1 for Intel hits piracy sites. Accessed 2010-09-06.
  31. OS X for x86 already in the wild?. Accessed 2010-09-06.
  32. Mac Hacks Allow OS X on PCs. Wired. Accessed 2010-09-08.
  33. Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger for x86 Leaked?. Slashdot. Accessed 2010-09-07.
  34. AotS. Accessed 2010-09-07.
  35. Jumping on the bandwagon: OS X on x86! OMG!. TUAW. Accessed 2010-09-07.
  36. Apple's iPad security breach reveals vulnerability of mobile devices. Washington Post. Accessed 2010-09-02.
  37. Security flaw that exposes owners ipad investigated by the FBI. SAPO. Accessed 2010-08-31.
  38. 38.0 38.1 "United States of America v. Daniel Spitler and Andrew Aurenheimer". 
  39. Goatse Security Members. Goatsec. Accessed 2010-08-31.
  40. Apple's iPad Breach Raises Alarms. NPR. Accessed 2010-09-06.
  41. Apple's Worst Security Breach: 114,000 iPad Owners Exposed. Gawker. Accessed 2010-08-31.
  42. Apple Inc. (Public, NASDAQ:AAPL) June 01, 2010-June 17, 2010. Google Inc. Accessed 2010-09-07.
  43. Hacker in AT&T-iPad security case arrested on drug charges. CNET. Accessed 2010-09-01.
  44. Hypocrites and pharisees. GNAA. Accessed 2010-09-24.

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