I honestly don’t know what to think about the antics of LulzSec and Anonymous at this point. I’m not sure whether I should be cheering them on or rooting for them to be snuffed out by authorities — when news broke this week that the FBI had arrested a bunch of Anonymous operatives I took it with an odd mixture of relief and sadness — and I know I can’t be the only one feeling that way. It seems to change from day to day, but I will say this: I find myself kind of cheering them on today.
Reports the Guardian:
One of the members of the LulzSec hacking group has claimed on Twitter that the group has got 4GB of emails taken from the Sun and the “royal family” which may be released as soon as lunchtime on Thursday.
The claim follows a hacking attack against News International on Tuesday night during which members of LulzSec apparently broke into computer systems there and redirected readers of the Sun’s website to a faked page claiming News Corp chief executive Rupert Murdoch had been found dead.
I guess we should have seen this coming…
If the Rupert-taunting weren’t enough, the hackers also defiantly thumbed their noses at the FBI in a big way today in response to a threatening statement made by FBI Deputy Assistant Director Steve Chabinsky when the agency announced their hacker arrests.
Anonymous and LulzSec, responsible for hacking gaming websites, breaching the U.S. Senate’s security and taking down the Sony PlayStation Network, didn’t take kindly to Chabinsky’s words. The groups lashed out in a statement, saying that they find governments lying to citizens and corporations taking advantage of citizens unacceptable.
“These governments and corporations are our enemy,” the joint statement proclaimed. “And we will continue to fight them, with all methods we have at our disposal, and that certainly includes breaking into their websites and exposing their lies.”
The two groups continued, saying that the threat of arrest is meaningless because an idea cannot be arrested. “It is our mission to help these people and there is nothing — absolutely nothing — you can possibly to do make us stop.”
The full statement is quite hilarious and can be read here. Beware of “Louise Boat,” y’all!