June 20, 2011 5:26 PM EDT
LulzSec’s influence has been attracting partnerships as the hacker group “Anonymous” joined forces in a recent announcement. The two groups are now setting eyes to expose global government websites as the hackers have ignited a cyber war campaign.
The Anonymous hacker group has a history of hacking government sites such as the Tunisia censorship protest incident earlier this year. At that time, Anonymous compiled a watchlist and strikes when corruption or issues with freedom arises. It is not clear what will determine the hacker group’s next target, but the US government may be on the top of the list. A quote from an Anonymous hacker suggests that they are confident in breaching a majority of websites on their watchlist.
“We have the capacity to eliminate the infrastructures of any and all government sites on our watchlist… The ones it can’t hack can simply be taken down with DDoS attacks,” wrote an Anoynymous hacker.
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The recent activities have also sparked attention into how secure government sites really are as a string of successful hacks have exposed flaws in IT infrastructure. According to the hackers, the FBI and its related sites are utilizing insufficient security tactics.
After a weekend of hacking the Sega Pass Network, Lulzsec and Anonymous have added a new victim to its list, UK’s Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA). SOCA published a statement saying,
“SOCA has chosen to take its Web site offline to limit the impact of the distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on other clients hosted by our service provider…The SOCA Web site is a source of information for the general public which is hosted by an external provider. It is not linked to our operational material or the data we hold,” wrote the agency.
The string of targets have included video game corporations such as Sony, Sega and Government sites such as the CIA and US Senate. The US recently announced that the country’s cyber security is at risk and has plans to tackle cyber terrorists with harsher punishments.
LulzSec may not be highly affected by the recent US officials announcement as the hacker group continues their parade of infiltration and government exposure. Only time will tell until LulzSec and Anonymous reveal their next target.
The hacker groups call for participation in the cyber hack movement as seen in LulzSec’s post on Pastebin.
Salutations Lulz Lizards,
As we’re aware, the government and whitehat security terrorists across the world continue to dominate and control our Internet ocean. Sitting pretty on cargo bays full of corrupt booty, they think it’s acceptable to condition and enslave all vessels in sight. Our Lulz Lizard battle fleet is now declaring immediate and unremitting war on the freedom-snatching moderators of 2011.
Welcome to Operation Anti-Security (#AntiSec) – we encourage any vessel, large or small, to open fire on any government or agency that crosses their path. We fully endorse the flaunting of the word “AntiSec” on any government website defacement or physical graffiti art. We encourage you to spread the word of AntiSec far and wide, for it will be remembered. To increase efforts, we are now teaming up with the Anonymous collective and all affiliated battleships.
Whether you’re sailing with us or against us, whether you hold past grudges or a burning desire to sink our lone ship, we invite you to join the rebellion. Together we can defend ourselves so that our privacy is not overrun by profiteering gluttons. Your hat can be white, gray or black, your skin and race are not important. If you’re aware of the corruption, expose it now, in the name of Anti-Security.
Top priority is to steal and leak any classified government information, including e-mail spools and documentation. Prime targets are banks and other high-ranking establishments. If they try to censor our progress, we will obliterate the censor with cannon fire anointed with lizard blood.
EXACTLY: WHO’S NEXT?