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The Juggernaut Collective // Hacktivist Group

Juggernaut Collective


Classification: Universal Hacktivist Group


Founder: "Eli"


Leader: Janus


Members:

  • Juan Lebedev

  • Mikhail Kontarsky

  • D-Bar [Former]

  • Garvin Quinn

  • Anna Kelso


Allies:

  • New Sons of Freedom [NSF]

  • Belltower Associates


Enemies: Illuminati


---Overview---

The Juggernaut Collective is a global hacktivist group dedicated to exposing and fighting corruption. They target the Illuminati (we are not going into this) in particular, who are often responsible for this corruption. The organization is led by the mysterious hacker known as Janus.

---Background---

The Juggernaut Collective originated in the early 2140s when a hacker named "Eli" posted a call-to-arms message on the Darknet inviting those "dis-elushuned with the stranglhold 1 purcentors have on R world" to join him in attacking, exposing, and "spoiling their plots." The group made its debut on the hacker scene in 2145. During an event sponsored by Page Industries, they hijacked "atmospheric processors" used by a weather artist in Paris, France, Earth, thus trashing the event. Since this brash debut, the Collective has made its way onto the NSA's most wanted list. Around the same time, "Eli" was replaced on-line by a new nom-de-plume: "Janus".

Under Janus' leadership, the Collective has become increasingly effective. They were responsible for bankrupting two Fortune 500 companies, crashing the Syrian intelligence agency's mainframe and bringing the Seattle traffic grid to a standstill on Earth. They have ties with the New Sons of Freedom and help the NSF to avoid drawing the attention of the world's intelligence agencies. In return, the NSF provide personnel for ground operations.

---Activities Against the Illuminati---

Under the leadership of Janus, the Collective has become a formidable adversary to the Illuminati.

In 2147, the Collective succeeds in hacking into the Killing Floor, a computer system used by the Illuminati to give orders to the Tyrants, the Illuminati's paramilitary group. From the Killing Floor, the Collective uncovers the Illuminati's plans to assassinate Bill Taggart, leader of anti-augmentation activist group Humanity Front, in Switzerland. The assassination, if successful, would make Taggart a martyr for his cause and push for a UN vote on augmentation regulation. A group composed of Collective and NSF members travel to Switzerland and thwarts the assassination. However, the Collective is damaged after one of their members, D-Bar, betrays them, resulting in the loss of several members of the joint Collective and NSF effort.

In 2148, the Collective leaks incriminating details about Rifleman Bank Station, a black site facility owned by the Illuminati-affiliated Shadow Operatives used for the creation of Hyron drones. The leak was the culmination of Juggernaut member Garvin Quinn's investigation of the facility. As a result of the leak, the Shadow Ops go bankrupt, forcing the Illuminati to seek other operatives to carry out many of their ground operations.

---Organizational Structure---

The Juggernaut Collective appears to lack a formal hierarchy or chain of command. According to Garvin Quinn, the Collective is a collaborative effort working together to oppose the same forces. Although Janus is generally regarded as the leader by outside observers, Quinn prefers to characterize Janus' role as someone whose voice carries "a little more weight" than those of the others. According to Quinn, the Collective's decisions get made by the whole, not by one person. However, in view of the practical difficulties in congregating safely, this characterization likely applies only to the most significant decisions for the group.

---Members---

As a group concerned with anonymity, the members of the Juggernaut Collective are naturally not publicly known. Apart from their leader, Janus, hackers of the organization include hackers D-Bar and Garvin Quinn. Other hackers of the group include SWellingTOWN and MKOFF, who, along with Janus, are listed in a report of top hackers at large who pose a threat to the Palisade Bank Corporation's data archiving operations.

Although the Collective originally began as a group of hackers, the Collective have recruited members with a diverse range of abilities and resources, including Russian federal assembly minister Mikhail Kontarsky, NSF investor Juan Ivanovich Lebedev, and augmented field agents Ben Saxon and Anna Kelso. The recruitment of Saxon and Kelso prove the Collective with significant capabilities in ground operations.

(Janus is clearly a cover-up name. No one else's "name" is known to the public except SwellingtonTOWN and MKOFF, but those are also both just cover-ups.)

(Most of this information is not known to anybody at all, even Arcadia (or is everything as it seems?). Only the events, their reasons for existing, and Janus are known publicly.)

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