Anonymous is a movement that consists of different clusters and groups that sometimes work together, sometimes battle against others, sometimes exists or dissolves or launch campaigns together or only
when lulzsec started his antisec campaign - that from sabu seems now to have been taken over by various other small teams who publish daily or weekly a selection of dumps of databases or just the links where to send your sql-injector-database-extractor
another thing that makes it even more difficult to follow the flow of incoming datadumps and alert the cert that something is wrong (or maybe wrong) is that pastebin.com, the main anonymous site where you can copy paste anything you want, is now more and more controlling and deleting database dumps and hackguides for certain sites (pastebin ID unknown is mentioned)
but back to the story
when Lulzsec became a part of Anonymous after saying first that they were a bit bored with all these political discussions and old-guard vs newcomers back and forth exchanges teamposion and a few other hackers declared war on them and said they were going to expose them and hack their sites and all that kind of stuff. It is unclear yet if their information has lead the police to the arrests and it is unclear yet if the lulzsec operation has been broken beyond reparation - but for the moment we are seeing a lot less headline grabbing stuff from lulzsec. but you shouldn't underestimate them. They are sitting on gigabytes of stuff that isn't released yet - unless when all copies have been found by the police.
teampoison made itself not really popular in the Anonymous community with this action and the exchanges online and the anti-teampoison actions and dox were not really friendly
but Anonymous always surprises us and when analyzers think that the movement can be predicted and analyzed among the lines of organizational science and analytics they will make many mistakes if they persist
I more and more see it as a flashmob - something that comes together at a certain moment for a while to do certain things that may or may not be planned and of which the beginning is planned but all the rest depends of the actions of every active actor in the campaign and that after a while goes slowly or quickly away and turns it attention to other goals and movements and tactis
you can't say they have a strategy - they have tactics - and you can't say they have an ideology - they have some kind of vague 'be all one against the injustice of it all and we all come together with specific demands or just revenge for the injustice done' - and in that they ressemble revolutions and riots when they start (these don't have leaders in the beginning it is only later in the movement that leaders and strategies appear)
the disadvantage is that they can't hold on long to a tactic that need a prolonged time of action to be successful - take the antipaypal action. They were successfull the first week but now the action seems to be widening down and attention has gone to other actions. This means for firms and organisations that come under attack from the Anonymous movement have to mobilize all necessary resources instantly to be able to limit the damage. As it becomes clear that such a campaign will only go on for a few days or a few weeks max the budgetary impact to throw all these resources in the defense of the networks and the continuity of the online resources isn't that enormous. It also makes room for a new market in which a consortium of services (business continuity, deep defense, customer control, logging, crisis communication,...) can step in instantly and take over the command and control of a network and the online resources to protect it and keep it going while the Anonymous campaign is launching or in full swing. We can't demand from all the online business to re-invest the millions necessary to make their online presence totally imune to such a flash mob attacking all possible inroads in a network or ways to disturb the functioning of the service. But you can expect that they will activate stand-by contracts when they come under attack.
now back to the flash-action-mob
well this is maybe another proof that anonymous is in fact a flash mob. Because for teampoison and Anonymous to come together for a global action against the music companies (Anonymous birth is in the actions from 4chan against the music companies and the firms that prosecute the P2P users) it means that all is forgotten
and that is like in riots and revolutions, you are sometimes enemies and sometimes comrades and sometimes it just depends on the fact if you find a common enemy or not
for Anonymous there are enough common enemies around to regroup its different factions even if they were battling each other online for life and death
however one should note that the dumping of all that accountdata of innocent users is not supported by everyone in the Anonymous community
but you can't predict what it means, you can't predict Anonymous, you can only follow and try to follow it wisely and try to see the facts through the hype and sensation and try to give practical advice to those who are or will be under attack