Anonymous and Monsanto have been at battle for quite a while. To be fair, Anonymous has been at battle with a slew of corporations and agencies for quite a while. But Monsanto’s big agribusiness nature is one that is squarely at odds with the movement’s social beliefs. Today Anonymous took action against Monsanto yet again – according to a new report from CNET, a wing of the group succeeded into obtaining and publishing an old database of Monsanto e-mails and other material.
Anonymous posted the information to a Pastebin site accompanied by the following statement:
Your continued attack on the worlds food supply, as well as the health of those who eat it, has earned you our full attention. Your crimes against humanity are too many to name on one page, you have put over 9000 small-time farmers out of business by using your enourmous legal team to bury them with your malicious patent lawsuits. You have continually introduced harmful, even deadly products into our food supply without warning, without care, all for your own profit.
We are aware that posting this outdated database will do little to harm you. Rest assured, we will continue to dox your employees and executives, continue to knock down your websites, continue to fry your mail servers, continue to be in your systems, and continue to expose your bullshit.
“Dox”-ing is the internet practice of making personal information (full names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses) available on a public forum. Anonymous released such information about Monsanto employees in July of 2011, in response to Monsanto suing organic farmers for labeling their milk as containing no bovine growth hormones.
As the site mentions, the fact that the material is old means that it won’t harm Monsanto much. But the message – that, unless practices change, the group will continue to be a presence in the corporation’s daily operations – is clear.