Anonymous Launches Operation Malaysia, LulzSec Opens Hacker Hotline
Anonymous, not content with removing Ben Bernanke from the Fed, will hack the Malaysian government’s online portal. LulzSec, another hacker group, has opened a phone line for suggesting hacks.
What does Anonymous have against the Malaysian government? Censorship. The Malaysian government’s Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission banned 10 file-sharing sites, sending Malaysians into an uproar as they took to the streets. This, of course, routinely draws the ire of the collective of Anonymous hackers.
The government has also tried to censor WikiLeaks, something also dear to the hearts of Anonymous, who have struck Visa, PayPal and various other organizations for their efforts to thwart the whistle-blower site, which Anonymous takes as an assault on free information and free speech.
Yesterday LulzSec, another hacker group, opened up a rather hilarious and Monty Python-esque line of communication: a hacker hotline in which callers can suggest corporate and government websites that should be taken down. It seems that it was all part of an effort called “Titanic Takeover Tuesday.”
LulzSec wrote on its Twitter account, “Call into 614-LulzSec and pick a target, and we’ll obliterate it. Nobody wants to mess with The Lulz Cannon–take aim for us Twitter.” Their tone almost seems rather sportsmen-like and gamely. (Many of their targets are gaming firms, in fact.)
LulzSec took down FinFinisher.com because “apparently they sell monitoring software to the government or some shit like that.” And in one of the more humorous Twitter posts, “Tango down – magnets.com – we called them and they wouldn’t tell us how magnets worked.”
They’ve also hacked Senate.gov and more famously, Sony, Fox News and PBS. LulzSec hacked the PBS site and planted a story that Tupac and Biggie were “alive and well” in New Zealand. The hack, of course, was precipitated by a Frontline piece on WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning.
A phone line doesn’t seem like the best means of suggesting hacks, but it does make one wonder if there will be a site where people could suggest them.