However it was not until Anonymous began to attack the Church of Scientology for its use of internet censorship, among other things, that the group gained worldwide notoriety. It was after this, that they cautiously emerged as real people. Anonymous activists can often spotted in public and at protests wearing ‘Guy Fawkes’ masks.
The Fawkes mask has been adopted as they believe him to be the ultimate symbol against oppressive regimes considering his role in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. His attempt to blow up the British Parliament in full sitting on November 5 was the beacon for anti-authoritarians.