I am Aubrey Cottle a.k.a. Kirtaner. I am the founder of the hacker collective "Anonymous". Yes. Really. Ask me anything.
Hello, /r/IAmA! I am the originator of the Internet Hate Machine that took the world by storm in 2007-2008. This was confirmed the other day by Gregg Housh.
I have "come out of retirement" in service of dealing with the current QAnon menace warping minds around the world.
In the process, I am working closely with forensic researchers and journalists. Most recently, I collaborated with Mother Jones on a piece covering Jim Watkins' past business.
And lastly, for the piece that revealed my identity to the world, you may read this article published in The Atlantic on August 11 earlier this year.
I am also the founder of 420chan, one of the oldest living imageboards still in operation today.
Ask me Anything.
edit: This is probably going to take a while :)
edit 2: 3 hours in, do not worry, I intend to be here for a very, very long time. I know everyone is going to have so many questions.
edit 3: by "very long time" I literally mean days.
edit 4: WE DID IT WE BROUGHT BACK SNACKS https://twitter.com/MidnightSnacks/status/1323171108481306624
edit 5: ok i need to take a nap i will return you really have no idea how much your support means
edit 6: morning folks that was one long hard nap
edit 7: in response to the trolls attempting to brigade - https://twitter.com/Kirtaner/status/1323523066102767622
edit 8: to further clarify, there was also some suspicious timing of vote manipulation beginning in this AMA that kicked off the moment I outright said "Fuck Scientology" and /u/greggh stated that he was the one that took all the heat. I have a gut feeling there is a coordinated smear attempt right now fuelled by that
One more for good measure:
FUCK SCIENTOLOGY, FUCK XENU, FUCK L. RON HUBBARD, FUCK DAVID MISCAVIGE, FUCK PETER THIEL, FUCK JEFF BEZOS, FUCK RUPERT MURDOCH, FUCK STEVE BANNON, FUCK ROBERT MERCER, FUCK MARK ZUCKERBERG, FUCK CHARLES KOCH'S ROTTING CORPSE, FUCK DAVID KOCH, FUCK FALUN GONG, FUCK NAZIS, FUCK TRUMP, FUCK THE DISINFORMATION PUMPING GOVERNMENT MACHINES, AND FUCK QANON