Anonymous is dead (or so it seems) after the rift, the crackdown and the leadership issues. A new hacker group LulzSec has taken the Internet by storms recently and it is replacing Anon in media coverage. This is LulzSec and they are like the young rebirth of Anon. Anonymous was a group of seasoned hackers who knew what they were doing and there was an air of maturity about them. LulzSec is a different breed of hackers. They improvise on their targets every day and try to take down internet services on personal request, all for the lulz.
The operations of LulzSec do not carry that aura about them that Anon had. It is more about lulz and less about playing the righteous police that earned Anon some love. The way they tweet about it openly and the way they operate is being frowned upon by many. A recent statement made by them is available here and you should read it to know what they are thinking.
Well if you ask me, this is just a cunning trick to keep people busy and this is simply their method of getting more attention. The LulzSec knows how it is forcing the Government to lay down stringent rules faster that will curb many freedoms people enjoy online.
They have a valid point too. What they are doing is playing the reverse psychology card that will probably bring security through insecurity. People will start taking passwords seriously and service providers will work on finding and fixing loopholes. People will be apprehensive about everything online and the LulzSec is proud to have brought this mayhem upon people.
There’s always the argument that releasing everything in full is just as evil, what with accounts being stolen and abused, but welcome to 2011. This is the lulz lizard era, where 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.
Some more of their rants against whitehats go here.
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. People who can make things work better within this rectangle have power over others; the whitehats who charge $10,000 for something we could teach you how to do over the course of a weekend, providing you aren’t mentally disabled.
As for myself, I will remember LulzSec as the bunch of cowboys, that tamed the Internet for quite some time. Call them the good or the bad, but they are in no way ugly. They are making the Internet a safer place and you can see how. You read a thousand blog posts every month giving you advice on password norms but how many did you take seriously until now?