Over the weekend, LulzSec has seemingly finally moved away from being in it “for the lulz” and has acquired a cause: it has announced it has teamed up with Anonymous and other “affiliated battleships” and that it is launching “Operation Anti-Security”.
“Top priority is to steal and leak any classified government information, including email spools and documentation. Prime targets are banks and other high-ranking establishments,” it says in the call-to-arms published on Sunday on pastebin.com. “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.”
It is widely speculated that the members of the LulzSec team have, at one time, been part of Anonymous, so this teaming up shouldn’t be wholly unexpected.
Another curious thing that happened over the weekend is that the group has released a press release following their 1000th tweet.
In it, they address the speculations that the real goal of their actions is to allow the passing of restrictive laws for Internet users, saying that users should be more worried about the hackers who don’t publish their exploits. “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?”
“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,” they pointed out. “But you know, we just don’t give a living f*ck 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.”