What can I say. Even if some people are involved in this movement because of demand of fame, even if the Anonymous is government action in my opinion it is very salutary.
“It’s a pleasure, you know, surfing on the wave of history.”
In the end part of the movie polish action in parliament was mentioned. From Poland inhabitant point of view it wasn’t clear if it is really protest against ACTA or just a try to gain political cudos. Nevertheless it was a sign that this movement transform and changing european countries point of view on freedom and privacy issues.
What does LulzSec want? Hack of Arizona computers offers clues
The hackers known as LulzSec, who have recently brought down websites for the CIA and US Senate with the panache of merry pranksters, selected a new target Thursday night, and in the process offered a glimpse into the mysterious group’s possible motivations.
In breaking into computers belonging to the Arizona Department of Public Safety and releasing internal documents detailing law-enforcement activity in the state, LulzSec seemed to leave no doubt about why Arizona was on its hit list.
“We are targeting AZDPS specifically because we are against SB1070 and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona,” the group said in a statement, referring to the controversial Arizona law, currently under legal review, that forces police officers to ask for immigration papers of people they think might be illegal immigrants.
Such overt politics marked a sharp departure from the past for Lulz Security Group, which has gained renown in the hacker world for its devil-may-care attitude toward high-profile targets.
On its website, the group has so far posted thousands of e-mails and other electronic files the group claims belong to nearly a dozen business and government sites including Sony, PBS, Fox, and InfraGard, a public-private partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It has also taken credit this month for defacing or temporarily blocking access to public websites belonging to the Central Intelligence Agency and the United States Senate
Along the way, it has had some fun. Sporting a Viking ship logo it calls “The Lulz Boat,” a theme song, and the tag line, “Laughing at your security since 2011!” the group claims to be altruistically raising security awareness and doing what it does “for the laughs.” The term “Lulz” is hacker lingo for “laughs.”
Even before Thursday, however, there had been indications of possible political overtones in LulzSec’s stated motivations, experts who study the groups say. LulzSec now claims to be allied with a larger Internet group, dubbed Anonymous, that has attacked websites of groups it deems to have curbed Internet or political freedom, including MasterCard, Visa, and Paypal. Anonymous has also attacked Middle Eastern government sites in Tunisia, Egypt, and elsewhere in support of the “Arab Spring” uprisings.
The Arizona hack further delineates LulzSec’s philosophical justifications. The unveiling of hacked documents from Arizona law enforcement was part of what the group calls its new “Operation Anti-Security.” The intent is to embarrass law-enforcement agencies and private-security contractors by exposing the lack of security on their websites and computer systems.
Arizona documents on the hacker site are described by LulzSec as dealing with “border patrol and counter-terrorism operations and describe the use of informants to infiltrate various gangs, cartels, motorcycle clubs, Nazi groups, and protest movements.” A number of documents are marked as “law enforcement sensitive,” “not for public distribution,” and “for official use only.”
Though many of the documents are mundane, some include candid comments about operations and relations with Mexican authorities on anti-drug operations. Arizona Department of Public Safety Spokesman Capt. Steve Harrison acknowledged the intrusion and said the documents posted online appear genuine.
“At this point, it appears to be the e-mail accounts of seven officers and documents that were attachments or on the hard drive of a computer they all used to access e-mail,” he said. “There will be an investigation into what happened and who did this and appropriate criminal charges will be filed.”
Típicos chicos que tienen mucho tiempo para hacerle culto al ocio y se divierten (por eso lo de “lulz”) haciendo ataques DDoS, robandose 60 000 cuentas de correo y subirlas en MediaFire para la exquisites del publico, tirando paginas de videojuegos y una que otra pagina gubernamental, decir que 2pac esta vivo y vive en Nueva Zelanda.
It seems a day does not go by without news of a high-profile hack on the website of a popular corporation (Sony), media outlet (PBS), or the online presence of an unpopular government (Malaysia).
While the perpetrators may, at times, purport to aspire to expand people’s online liberties, the attack against blog network Gawker, in retribution for calling hackers “code kids,” is one example of how unwieldy and venal these net vigilantes can be. Blog commenters and journalists have regularly expressed concern that their words could be cause for an attack by the same groups so adamantly defending the right for all voices to be heard.
Accused LulzSec hacker pleads not guilty in Sony breach
Cody Kretsinger, 23, entered not guilty pleas to one count each of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer during a brief hearing in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.U.S. Magistrate Judge Victor Kenton set a December 13 trial date for Kretsinger, who came to court dressed in khaki pants and a blue collared shirt with the sleeves rolled up, and spoke only in response to questions from the judge.Kenton also ordered that Kretsinger be represented by a court-appointed public defender.A nine-page federal grand jury indictment unsealed in late September charges Kretsinger with obtaining confidential information from Sony Pictures’ computer systems using an “SQL injection” attack against its website, a technique commonly used by hackers to steal information.Kretsinger, who went by the moniker “recursion,” helped post information he and his co-conspirators stole from Sony on LulzSec’s website and announced the intrusion via the hacking group’s Twitter account, the indictment charges.LulzSec, an underground group also known as Lulz Security, at the time published the names, birth dates, addresses, e-mails, phone numbers and passwords of thousands of people who had entered contests promoted by Sony.“From a single injection we accessed EVERYTHING,” the hacking group said in a statement at the time. “Why do you put such faith in a company that allows itself to become open to these simple attacks."Hackers previously had accessed personal information on 77 million PlayStation Network and Qriocity accounts, the vast majority of which were users in North America and Europe, in what was then the biggest such security breach in history.Other high-profile firms targeted by cyber attacks included Lockheed Martin and Google Inc.LulzSec is reputed to be affiliated with the international hackers collective called Anonymous, which has claimed responsibility for cyber attacks on government and private institutions around the world.Kretsinger faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted. He declined to comment to Reuters after the morning hearing.