TERRORISTS! They are everywhere, right? The Middle East? Definitely. Asia? It appears so. The Internet? As it turns out, yes. According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, an organisation called the Internet Liberation Front has decided to take on the commercialisation of the Internet. Joshua Quittner, co-author of an upcoming book, Masters of Deception: Gang Wars in Cyberspace, has found himself victim of this unknown group which has warned it is in a battle against 'any company suspected of contributing to the final demise of the Internet'. Masters of Deception tells the true story of an on-line gang war between two rival groups of hackers, the Masters of Deception and the Legion of Doom. Apparently the hackers are not pleased with the book or the excerpts which appeared recently in Wired magazine. The Internet Liberation Front has managed to break into computers at Sprint and IBM to wreak all kinds of havoc in Mr Quittner's life. The group took control of his phone line, diverting it to an out-of-state answering machine which replaced his outgoing message with an obscene one of their own. In addition, the group managed to fill his mailbox with tens of thousands of messages from computers owned by IBM, Sprint and Internet-provider Pipeline. Wired also received about 1,000 messages. This was done by breaking into these systems and installing scripts to generate messages every five seconds. Sprint even had to shut down some of its computers for several hours at a time. This is worrying. After all, this group, having exacted its revenge on Mr Quittner, may now turn its energies further afield and target commercial use of the Internet in general. This is potentially damaging because for the Internet to develop it appears that commercial involvement is vital, especially as the US Government has withdrawn its direct support. And the demand for bandwidth and tools for high-power applications, including on-line multimedia, is increasing. Sure, the Internet has always been an on-going experiment in anarchy, but it is impossible to think that anarchy can continue unconstrained without eventually becoming a destructive force. Maybe we are witnessing this destruction despite commercialisation's promise of bringing some order to the otherwise chaotic global network. Sure, the Internet can be seen as a reflection of the world outside it and, some would argue, that includes a reflection of good and bad.