As of 2015, there are no images available of the activists and "hactivists" (activists that use subversive computer networks to promote an agenda) associated with Anonymous, nor is there a single individual who leads the group. Key members hide their faces in public, often behind a Guy Fawkes mask.
Anonymous is not an official group or organization; it is a community of individuals who share ideas and ideals. The stated goals of the community are to oppose censorship, protect Internet privacy and spread the truth. Anyone can submit an article to the Anonymous community through a link on its website or participate in the community forum by entering and verifying an email address. The Anonymous website encourages participants to use a virtual private network to protect their identities on the Internet, but it is not required.
Anonymous has been in existence since 2003, but its activism began in earnest in 2008 with Project Chanology, a series of actions taken against the Church of Scientology. Later, in 2010, Anonymous hacked into the websites of PayPal, Postfinance, EveryDNS and U.S. Senator Joe Liberman, ostensibly for their stance towards the organization WikiLeaks. The group has also launched cyber-attacks against child pornography sites, Westboro Baptist Church and government agencies in the United States, Tunisia, Uganda and Israel.