Hacking, 13 year olds and the Lulz...
Context: Lulz were a group of hackers, responsible for some big take downs and leaks recently... A summary post here.
Here's their "final press release"
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Friends around the globe,
We are Lulz Security, and this is our final release, as today marks something meaningful to us. 50 days ago, we set sail with our humble ship on an uneasy and brutal ocean: the Internet. The hate machine, the love machine, the machine powered by many machines. We are all part of it, helping it grow, and helping it grow on us.
For the past 50 days we've been disrupting and exposing corporations, governments, often the general population itself, and quite possibly everything in between, just because we could. All to selflessly entertain others - vanity, fame, recognition, all of these things are shadowed by our desire for that which we all love. The raw, uninterrupted, chaotic thrill of entertainment and anarchy. It's what we all crave, even the seemingly lifeless politicians and emotionless, middle-aged self-titled failures. You are not failures. You have not blown away. You can get what you want and you are worth having it, believe in yourself.
While we are responsible for everything that The Lulz Boat is, we are not tied to this identity permanently. Behind this jolly visage of rainbows and top hats, we are people. People with a preference for music, a preference for food; we have varying taste in clothes and television, we are just like you. Even Hitler and Osama Bin Laden had these unique variations and style, and isn't that interesting to know? The mediocre painter turned supervillain liked cats more than we did.
Again, behind the mask, behind the insanity and mayhem, we truly believe in the AntiSec movement. We believe in it so strongly that we brought it back, much to the dismay of those looking for more anarchic lulz. 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.
So with those last thoughts, it's time to say bon voyage. Our planned 50 day cruise has expired, and we must now sail into the distance, leaving behind - we hope - inspiration, fear, denial, happiness, approval, disapproval, mockery, embarrassment, thoughtfulness, jealousy, hate, even love. If anything, we hope we had a microscopic impact on someone, somewhere. Anywhere.
Thank you for sailing with us. The breeze is fresh and the sun is setting, so now we head for the horizon. Let it flow...
Lulz Security - our crew of six wishes you a happy 2011, and a shout-out to all of our battlefleet members and supporters across the globe
Included in this release:
AOL internal data.txt
AT&T internal data.rar
Battlefield Heroes Beta (550k users).csv
FBI being silly.txt
Hackforums.net (200k users).sql
Nato-bookshop.org (12k users).csv
Office networks of corporations.txt
Private Investigator Emails.txt
Random gaming forums (50k users).txt
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This is some really emotional rhetoric, the kind that I used to spew out to quench my raging hormones, WHEN I WAS 13. Which means, not only is the President of the 3rd largest country in the world (FaceBook) 27 years old (or so). But now we're at the mercy of an elite bunch of 13 year old mischief makers.
There really is nowhere to hide these days. Reminds me of something Eric Schmidt said, paraphrasing - if you've done nothing bad, you have nothing to worry about. Or, if you want something to stay private, don't put it on the web.
Enjoy the rhetoric. Buy the movie rights. Secure your company networks. Don't piss off the kiddies. And if you do, say you did it for the lulz.