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.
Arresting hackers for Denial of Service attacks is ridiculous
It’s exactly the same as staging a protest by sitting in front of a door so no one can get in. You stop the protest then make them move, same as the occupy camps. You DON’T try and charge them for billions of dollars worth of damages. Simple!
Plenty of people have made this point before, but I’ve been hung up on the fact that we probably should have seen this coming, at least those of us who were into the exact same shitty subcultures around like 2004-2008. At least as early as the Scientology protests and the guy fawkes masks and the sporadic destructive hacking – and certainly once LulzSec started fucking everything up – you could probably have predicted that the SA//4chan milieu would eventually burst out of the internet into something politically/culturally relevant and truly horrendous.
I spent plenty of time arguing with my adolescent friends about the more serious and nasty claims made on the websites we all liked, but I assumed they were just doing normal aggressive teenaged stuff. I guess I just never considered the importance of the fact that those groups weren’t just teenagers, that there really were plenty of adults laughing along about master chief not afraiding of anything and all the other less benign stuff. In retrospect, I suppose that was pretty good evidence that some people wouldn’t outgrow that subculture, that they would generalize the ideas in their subculture to the culture at large and the conclusions they would reach would be seriously warped, and that they would eventually gain major institutional and cultural power (money, gun licenses, drivers licenses, jobs and degrees which confer respectability …). I never thought about it, but this really feels like it was predictable.
At least the history nearly writes itself. The narrative should be quite straightforward, and in a few decades I think we’ll have a very reliable picture of where this surge in American hatred came from.
Do you have any tips for naming organizations or companies? For example an electric company or an organization of hackers.
Don’t make it really long. The Great Conglomeration of All Hackers Who Have Ever Lived is not very catchy.
If it is long, make it an acronym. Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division shortens nicely into SHIELD. Your acronym might not work out as nicely and that’s alright. We shorten A Song of Ice and Fire (also shorted to ASOIF) to their acronyms, like GOT, ASOS, and AFFC.
Get to the point. What is this organization? Who made it? What is it for? You said you were naming an electric company - General Electric (GE) and National Grid. No confusion there.
Private sector vs. government vs. personal. Government organizations are the most blunt. Environmental Protection Agency. Federal Emergency Management Agency. Large, private sector companies get a little more leeway. Their names run the gamut from General Electric and Regal Cinemas (very obvious) to Apple and North Face (if you didn’t know what they were, you couldn’t guess what they make). However, most private sector companies sound fairly normal. Private groups (like hackers) get more freedom. Cult of the Dead Cow. Honker Union. LulzSec. TeaMp0isoN. There is a generator here if you get stuck.
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.
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.
SO ANNOYING! I realize that a couple weeks ago the FBI took down the Curbed network because of something to do with Lulzsec but it’s been back for a while now yet I still cannot access any of their blogs. It just keeps loading and loading with no end in sight. Why doesn’t the universe want me to learn what the next snarky awesome quote from Anthony Bourdain is?!?!!
P.S. Sorry for the messed up pictures. I couldn’t access their site so my Google images search was limited. See how annoying this is?