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Anonymous: the new face of cyber-war

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« on: July 22, 2011, 01:24:59 pm »

Anonymous, LulzSec vow to hack on

Jaikumar Vijayan | July 21, 2011

In a defiant statement addressed largely at FBI director Steve Chabinsky, members of the Anonymous and LulzSec hacktivist groups vowed to continue with their hacking campaigns and dared law enforcement to try and stop them.

The statement comes just two days after the FBI arrested 14 alleged members of Anonymous in connection with a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against PayPal last year.

The immediate provocation appears to have been some comments made by Chabinsky in a NPR report following the recent arrests.

In it, Chabinsky is quoted as saying that chaos on the Internet is unacceptable. "[Even if] hackers can be believed to have social causes, it's entirely unacceptable to break into websites and commit unlawful acts."

In their response, posted on , Anonymous and LulzSec members claimed their hactivist campaigns were motivated by a desire to expose what they described as lying governments, corrupt corporations and powerful lobbyists.

"We will continue to fight them, with all methods we have at our disposal, and that certainly includes breaking into their websites and exposing their lies," the letter said.

"We are not scared any more. Your threats to arrest us are meaningless to us as you cannot arrest an idea," the groups claimed. The two groups claimed they were acting like bandits only because they were forced to. "The Anonymous bitchslap rings through your ears like hacktivism movements of the 90s. We're back -- and we're not going anywhere."

Given the highly decentralized and loosely organized nature of the two groups it's hard to say how much of the content in the letter is bluster, how much is real or even how much it represents the true sentiment among members.

Certainly both Anonymous and LulzSec have demonstrated their ability to strike at what appears to be pretty much at will and pretty much against any target.

Just today for instance, Anonymous released a 36-page restricted document that is claimed to have obtained by breaking into a Web server at North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) .

In a Twitter message, the group said that it has 1GB of material from NATO which it would not release because it would be irresponsible.

Over the last week, both groups have claimed credit for breaking into Rupert Murdoch's media sites. In one attack LulzSec compromised DNS servers at News International so that visitors to the group's Sun tabloid site were redirected to a fake story proclaiming Murdoch's death.

And in recent weeks and months both Anonymous and LulzSec have claimed responsibility for breaks-in at military contractor Booz Allen

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The most successful tyranny is not the one that uses force to assure uniformity, but the one that removes awareness of other possibilities, that makes it seem inconceivable that other ways are viable, that removes the sense that there is an outside. --Allan Bloom
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