LulzSec and Anonymous Launch Operation AntiSec, Claim Secret Hacking Underway
LulzSec acknowledges the DDoS attacks are only a technique for public consumption—have they dug deeper? And in other news: AntiSec graffiti is popping up in far-flung places.
Yesterday, LulzSec (Lulz Security) launched a DDoS attack on an FBI partner website (InfraGard), which claimed it pre-emptively shut down its website with foreknowledge of the attack.
LulzSec hinted that more secret things are currently underway in the following tweet, “DDoS is of course our least powerful and most abundant ammunition. Government hacking is taking place right now behind the scenes.” They also tweeted, “We hear our #Anonymous brothers are making progress with #AntiSec, we also have reports of many rogue hacker groups joining in.”
If that is the case, then it is of course interesting to imagine what is occuring (if it’s not simply hot air). Clearly, there is the desire to very publicly fight against state and corporate powers—but is their top level hacking going on against states, banks and corporations? Hacking of the order that would truly make states and multi-national banks and corporations shudder, just as the character Cosmo in “Sneakers” imagined (watch the video below). Indeed, are there hackers with the abilities and ambition of Cosmo—forgetting for a moment that he is fictional?
What is knowable is that it seems Anonymous, LulzSec and WikiLeaks are inspiring hackers to join the fray: those who have not sold out for a government or corporate check.
LulzSec’s declaration of war against states, banks and corporation—which introduced AntiSec—reads:
Salutations Lulz Lizards,
As we’re aware, the government and whitehat security terrorists across the world continue to dominate and control our Internet ocean. Sitting pretty on cargo bays full of corrupt booty, they think it’s acceptable to condition and enslave all vessels in sight. Our Lulz Lizard battle fleet is now declaring immediate and unremitting war on the freedom-snatching moderators of 2011.
Welcome to Operation Anti-Security (#AntiSec) – we encourage any vessel, large or small, to open fire on any government or agency that crosses their path. We fully endorse the flaunting of the word “AntiSec” on any government website defacement or physical graffiti art. We encourage you to spread the word of AntiSec far and wide, for it will be remembered. To increase efforts, we are now teaming up with the Anonymous collective and all affiliated battleships.
Whether you’re sailing with us or against us, whether you hold past grudges or a burning desire to sink our lone ship, we invite you to join the rebellion. Together we can defend ourselves so that our privacy is not overrun by profiteering gluttons. Your hat can be white, gray or black, your skin and race are not important. If you’re aware of the corruption, expose it now, in the name of Anti-Security.
Top priority is to steal and leak any classified government information, including email spools and documentation. Prime targets are banks and other high-ranking establishments. If they try to censor our progress, we will obliterate the censor with cannonfire anointed with lizard blood.
It’s now or never. Come aboard, we’re expecting you…
History begins today.
Do the DDoS attacks and hacking play into the hands of power—a means of restricting free information and free speech on the internet? If such attempts were made to censor, would other channels of communication open up on other internets?
Indeed, these are the questions we need to be asking as the cyberwars escalate.
And though this movement toward free information and exposure of government corruption is certainly needed, and might very well help to change things for the better, don’t expect states to simply bend over. There will be a push back, and it will be in those moments when the real meddle will be tested—when a critical mass of hacking will be required as governments attempt to build higher walls of secrecy.
Indeed, we will know that our government has forever crossed into the most purulent form of oligarchy if these attacks are labeled “acts of war”—in which the enemy is no longer foreign aggressors, but our own citizens.
It should be noted that America once fought against a government, a monarchy—that their actions were not welcomed. Also keep in mind that their experiment has been so corrupted that it is unrecognizable.
The question at this point shouldn’t be “Who appointed Anonymous, LulzSec and WikiLeaks the judges?” but why people do not see in them the opportunity to take this country back from bankers, corporations and corrupt politicians. To highlight the dark undercurrent of state and corporate activity that dominates this country, spending $700 billion dollars on defense and hundreds of billions more on bank bail-outs, and we can’t even give healthcare to every last American.
At some point, people will have to choose a side.
Coda: At about 11:30pm Monday night, LulzSec tweeted a link to a San Diego CBS affiliate video which showed AntiSec graffiti, complete with the LulzSec icon’s face. LulzSec’s response to the affiliate video of the AntiSec graffiti?