I haven’t written anything previously about the LulzSec and Anonymous groups specific activities, till now I just haven’t thought it right to give them the notoriety they so wanted… So why mention it now? I think that we are at an escalation point in the activities worth mentioning.
The dread pirate ship LulzSec has sailed off into the sunset. After 50 days of anarchic activity ranging from government sites to corporation and even coming up with a phone line where you can give your hack requests, LulzSec posted an announcement that it was shutting down it’s hacker activity. Their claim? Well in short they felt that the AntiSec movement had gone a bit quiet and wanted to kick start it again.
We hope, wish, even beg, that the movement manifests itself into a revolution that can continue on without us. The support we’ve gathered for it in such a short space of time is truly overwhelming, and not to mention humbling. Please don’t stop. Together, united, we can stomp down our common oppressors and imbue ourselves with the power and freedom we deserve.
In a parting shot, the group released one last data dump with data allegedly taken from AT&T, AOL, Disney, Universal, EMI and the FBI.
So there we have it, gone, done, dusted and the sun sets on a empty horizon, much like with the Pirate franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean”, I don’t think we are done yet… Something even worse lurks on the horizon. The very next day Anonymous makes the announcement that the Lulz team are not gone and not forgotten but have just dropped the name and joined the larger Anonymous group:
“We like to clarify again: All LulzSec members are accounted for, nobody is hiding. Only a name was abandoned for the greater glory #AntiSec” – A Tweet from @anonymousIRC
The media is full of speculation about what is going on that ranges from one side to the other: LulzSec being a small, well-defined group had started to attracted too much attention and that it was safer for members to blend into the larger and more elusive Anonymous collective. The other side of the pendulum would have us all believe for it all being smoke and mirrors on behalf of Anonymous. One far out comment I read stated that it was all the work of the government to make us all believe that the cyber terror threat is real and we need protected from it aka a regulated Internet.In any case, nothing much has really changed: While LulzSec is gone, Anonymous continues on. I for one won’t be surprised to see more attacks coming soon and it won’t be on game studios.
I don’t hold with what LulzSec and Anonymous are doing but there can be a positive outcome to all this AntiSec activity if it makes companies think properly about their security. I can imagine that there are SIO’s and IT managers around the globe all holding their hands out for funding that was previously denied to them and getting it.