Hands up who is surprised?
Turns out the Linux-based operating system that claimed to be the work of Anonymous could have nothing to do with the well-known hacktivist group. Word about the Anonymous OS started doing the rounds earlier this week with reports pointing to a Tumblr account for the operating system. The page had Anonymous literally written all over it and the 'about' page on the blog said the OS was created for educational purposes to check the security of web pages. It also warned users not to use it to attack any website and signed off with Anonymous' traditional "We are Anonymous, we are legion..." signature.
However, it seems Anonymous has apparently distanced itself from the operating system. One of the Twitter accounts supposedly linked to Anonymous has declared the OS a fake. Not only that, but @anonops says that the 1.4 GB download is 'wrapped in trojans.' Responding to the Tweet, the folks behind Anonymous OS updated their Tumblr blog.
"The #anonops on their twitter account say, 'That Anonymous-OS is wrapped in trojans.' Please people… in our world, in Linux and open source world, there is not virus," they said. "If any user believe that Anonymous-OS 'is wrapped in trojans' or 'backdoored OS by any Law enforcement Company or Hacker' please don’t download it! But don’t mislead the world that Linux is dangerous and has trojans!"
According to BGR, the Anonymous OS has already been download 25,000 times. I guess we'll find out if it's packed with malware soon enough...