Hacker groups LulzSec and Anonymous in pact to attack government websites
LulzSec, the hacker group whose list of victims has included the U.S. Senate, the CIA, Sony and most recently, it says, the FBI and SOCA, a British police agency, says it is at the forefront of the hacking campaign.
"Stop fearing three-letter agencies, friends. They're humans with slightly more paper and fancier uniforms; they are just like you and me," LulzSec tweeted Sunday.
Joining LulzSec is the group Anonymous, which has gone after governments and large companies, including Visa and MasterCard last year, in what they say was an effort to prevent Internet censorship.
The two groups are using the code name Operation Anti-Security.
Although the two groups have had their differences, the partnership brings together the manpower of Anonymous, whose membership is believed to possibly be in the thousands according to Gabriella Coleman, who teaches a course at New York University on digital activism, with LulzSec's daredevil attacks that occur several times a week.
The campaign's objective is to leak classified government information, and its targets are "banks and other high-ranking establishments," LulzSec said.
LulzSec’s latest push could help improve Internet security, said Stan Stahl, a security consultant and president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Information Systems Security Assn. Stahl said Operation Anti-Security is the kind of thing that will make society aware of what is needed to protect information online.
“Basic bottom line is: Go at it,” Stahl said. “Show us how insecure we all are, and we’ll take it from there.”
LulzSec is not the only Internet group disclosing private and confidential information. A website titled LulzSec Exposed emerged Saturday, posting blogs with information regarding who the members of the hacker group are. The website, which is run by unidentified people going under the moniker Web Ninjas, claims to be "bringing lulz to hack victims."
"If LulzSec can expose security holes, We can expose their holes, How about this for LULZ?," reads the website's about section.
-- Salvador Rodriguez
Image: An illustration posted on Twitter depicting the team-up of hacker groups LulzSec and Anonymous. Credit: twitter.com/twiggy2cents