A recent video posting from "Anonymous" appears to be a response to McAfee's prediction that Anonymous will become less influential in the coming year. Anonymous has clarified that it has no plans to fade away in the New Year. It also issued a statement over the weekend that warned the world to "Expect us 2013."
McAfee argues that a lack of structure and organization in the hacking collective referred to as Anonymous has impacted the idea's reputation. Misinformation, false claims and hacking for the simple joy of it may result in the collective's political claims taking a beating. As a result, success and fame will decline -- but higher-level professional hacking groups may take up the slack, and promote a rise in military, religious, political and "extreme" campaign attacks.
The video boasts of Anonymous' campaigns and exploits carried out in 2012. It details the group's temporary shutdown of the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, Universal Music, and the Motion Picture Association of America's Web sites in protest of the U.S. government's indictment of the operators of popular file-hosting site MegaUpload.
"The operations which are listed in the video are only examples, there are far more operations," Anonymous wrote in the statement. "Some of them still running, like Operation Syria. We are still here."