LulzSec has a bizarrely funny website and an addictive Twitter feed, and is even going after 4chan and the members of Anonymous, you can categorize them as bad guys, but they’re also doing everyone a big favor, revealing the pathetic state of computer security. The current hacking epidemic, of which LulzSec is a big part is happening because there are serious holes in the digital defenses of high-profile targets and it’s site has a page full of data it has released from its various hacks. LulzSec is begging to get busted, but also in a perverse way giving back to a community that enjoys seeing the flaws of big companies exposed and the ironic twist is that these big companies are made big by the average public whose private information is being revealed in the hacks………….
The Internet underground has erupted in civil war with hacker groups LulzSec and Anonymous facing off in a DDoS battle and our most precious online accounts might also be at risk. Hacker group Lulz Security has been busy over the past five weeks. It has successfully managed to hack Sony BMG, Nintendo.com, Sonypictures.com, PBS.org, Fox.com and its US X Factor contestant database, Sonymusic.co.jp and InfraGard websites and has released over 150,000 names, emails, phone numbers, da. Recently, the group has been taking hacking requests, bringing down a number of gaming servers, publishing a large number of login details for premium porn websites and on Thursday released a set of 62,000 usernames and passwords, reportedly stolen from Writerspace.com. If you are worried that your email address, passwords and other sensitive information has been compromised, The Next Web has been tipped to a useful tool that checks if your details have been revealed online. Just type in the e-mail address and it will tell you if your details have surfaced online. This widget checks the lists with an email address and is the absolute best way to see if any of your personal information, such as email accounts, passwords, home addresses, telephone numbers and more, have been compromised. If your email is there, your other information very well may be as well. This widget checks all of LulzSec’s publicly released lists, not just the latest one.
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As for the tweet in question, it links to the previously-mentioned release that offers details into LulzSec’s aim, which isn’t just chaos; although, chaos is an awfully large aspect:
While we’ve gained many, many supporters, we do have a mass of enemies, albeit mainly gamers. The main anti-LulzSec argument suggests that we’re going to bring down more Internet laws by continuing our public shenanigans, and that our actions are causing clowns with pens to write new rules for you. But what if we just hadn’t released anything? What if we were silent? That would mean we would be secretly inside FBI affiliates right now, inside PBS, inside Sony… watching… abusing…
Do you think every hacker announces everything they’ve hacked? We certainly haven’t, and we’re damn sure others are playing the silent game. Do you feel safe with your Facebook accounts, your Google Mail accounts, your Skype accounts? What makes you think a hacker isn’t silently sitting inside all of these right now, sniping out individual people, or perhaps selling them off? You are a peon to these people. A toy. A string of characters with a value.
This is what you should be fearful of, not us releasing things publicly, but the fact that someone hasn’t released something publicly. We’re sitting on 200,000 Brink users right now that we never gave out. It might make you feel safe knowing we told you, so that Brink users may change their passwords. What if we hadn’t told you? No one would be aware of this theft, and we’d have a fresh 200,000 peons to abuse, completely unaware of a breach.
Now for the chaos:
…we do things just because we find it entertaining. Watching someone’s Facebook picture turn into a penis and seeing their sister’s shocked response is priceless. Receiving angry emails from the man you just sent 10 dildos to because he can’t secure his Amazon password is priceless. You find it funny to watch havoc unfold, and we find it funny to cause it. We release personal data so that equally evil people can entertain us with what they do with it.
Most of you reading this love the idea of wrecking someone else’s online experience anonymously. It’s appealing and unique, there are no two account hijackings that are the same, no two suddenly enraged girlfriends with the same expression when you admit to killing prostitutes from her boyfriend’s recently stolen MSN account, and there’s certainly no limit to the lulz lizardry that we all partake in on some level.
And that’s all there is to it, that’s what appeals to our Internet generation. We’re attracted to fast-changing scenarios, we can’t stand repetitiveness, and we want our shot of entertainment or we just go and browse something else, like an unimpressed zombie.
LulzSec: simply providing a service, free of charge, one might add. While there’s a lot of fun and games going on with the this particular group, the members are also well aware of the potential mortality, but they also show a keen awareness of how so many short attention spans of people with so much information in their hands drive the narrative:
We’ve been entertaining you 1000 times with 140 characters or less, and we’ll continue creating things that are exciting and new until we’re brought to justice, which we might well be. But you know, we just don’t give a living fuck at this point – you’ll forget about us in 3 months’ time when there’s a new scandal to gawk at, or a new shiny thing to click on via your 2D light-filled rectangle.
In the Internet industry, becoming “yesterday’s news” happens on such a rapid basis, it’s just about impossible to keep up with all the shifting stories and popular items that float around in the binary ether. It’s certainly become a “blink and you missed it” world, especially in relation to the modern news cycle, and LulzSec clearly understands this, too. With that in mind, it should be noted LulzSec and Anonymous are not at war with each other. Apologies to anyone offended by the language: