Huh.Anonymous is said to be a non-centralized, democratic group of hackers that doesn't have any real generals, just a bunch of soldiers that enact operations based on support by other soldiers. A "rogue admin" named "Ryan" is said to be behind the seizure of these Anonymous sites due to his belief that Anonymous members were taking leadership positions and focusing operations on acquiring media attention.
Speaking to Thinq, Ryan said that certain Anonymous admins such as "Owen" began to abuse their roles, in fact creating a leadership hierarchy where there wasn't supposed to be one. Ryan launched a "coup d'etat" of sorts, taking control of AnonOps.net and AnonOps.ru and also leaking the IP addresses of Anonymous members. "There is a hierarchy. All the power, all the DDoS - it's in that channel," Ryan said.
You know, a few years ago, I'd have snorted and rolled my eye at this kind of thing.
Now, though, it's a lot less funny. The internet has become a connective glue for a large portion of the planet. Just look at what happened when Egypt shut down it's internet and it's entire economy collapsed.
Annon and groups like them are deals. They might not be BIG deals, but they're not nothing.