After computer hacker group LulzSec announced its retirement after 50 days of lulz, an Internet rampage, the flame of cyber war seems to be losing fuel. LulzSec apparently jumped back on ship with its old buddy, Anonymous, to continue sailing the Operation Anti-Sec against governments.
Operation Anti-Security, an agenda tackled by LulzSec and Anonymous together earlier this month, originally intended to expose corrupt, abusive governments by protesting and combating any and all institutions' or governments' attempts to censor or moderate the Internet.
After revealing contents from the Arizona police force, the Anti-Sec team unveiled sensitive content from the servers of a number of governments, including content from the servers of Anguilla, passwords from Brazillian government servers, and the userbase of Zimbabwe. Another batch comes from Australia, but the contents remain vague.
Anonymous is currently working on exposing content from the U.S., but has not yet revealed specific data. Anonymous tweeted Sunday, Currently uploading about everything about Zimbabwe Government on Internet there is to know. Who actually likes Robert Mugabe?
Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe's wife sued a newspaper in December, 2010, for publishing a WikiLeaks cable for linking her with the alleged trade in illicit diamonds. WikiLeaks suggested that Grace Mugabe had gained tremendous profits from the trade.
The data uploaded to the file host service Mediafire by Anonymous are still accessible. The hacker group promised to upload a torrent with the entire data on Wednesday, and hinted at some surprises.
Inseparable? LulzSec and Anonymous
In a press release on June 25, LulzSec stated, Our planned 50 day cruise has expired, and we must now sail into the distance, leaving behind -- we hope -- inspiration, fear, denial, happiness, approval, disapproval, mockery, embarrassment, thoughtfulness, jealousy, hate, even love.
LulzSec's disbanding coincided with increasing scrutiny from authorities and a brewing feud with hacking group TeaMp0isoN and lone hacker The Jester. Both hacker entities had threatened to expose personal information of LulzSec members.
On Sunday, anonymouSabu tweeted, we didn't 'run' we are in fact online @ irc.anonops.li we retired lulzsec at its peak. We are smart.
Sabu is reportedly the main leader of LulzSec. Nicknames such as Topiary, Storm, Tflow, Kayla, Joepie91, Avunit were believed to be associated with the group. One Internet security company report implied that Sabu lived in New York City while Avunit was in England.
During its 50-day existence, LulzSec hacked PBS, Fox News, Sony, Black & Berg Cybersecurity Consulting, Pron.com, Bethesda Game Studios, and various other gaming entities.
While the group had disbanded, LulzSec said in its latest press release, we hope, wish, even beg, that the [Operation AntiSec] movement manifests itself into a revolution that can continue on without us.
Interestingly, AnonymousIRC began to adopt the tongue-in-cheek, pirate-themed language of LulzSec. It also claimed that all LulzSec members are accounted for, meaning they haven't been arrested or gone into hiding.
A tweet from AnonymousIRC on Sunday reads, Yes, my fellows. We may be not quite as funny, but we can assure you: We sail in the same spirit. LulzSec = Anonymous. Who did NOT now?