Hacktivist groups Anonymous and LulzSec are sailing out for a cyber war against any and all government agencies around the globe, without taking a breath from the recent rash of high-profit hacks.
Operation Anti-Security is in effect. Join the fleet and tear the government and whitehat peons limb from limb, LulzSec tweeted on Monday. The hacker group continued, You are all now lulz lizards. Add the finishing touches to your ships and sail into attack formation: we are now declaring war on the peons.
On the same day, the group released a statement saying, 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.
LulzSec's battleship seems to be gaining supporters - Iranian Cyber Army, a hacker group that has attacked government systems, expressed its support through Twitter, @LulzSec @Anonymouse we do support you, from now on.
LulzSec set the top priority as to steal and leak classified government information, including email spools and documentation, and their prime targets are banks and other high-ranking establishments.
The high-profile hacking victims of LulzSec include the FBI, CIA and the US government among numerous game sites and companies.
Monday afternoon, LulzSec claimed a DDoS attack on SOCA, the UK's Serious Organized Crime Agency, making its website sporadically inaccessible.
LulzSec tweeted a couple of hours ago, DDoS is of course our least powerful and most abundant ammunition. Government hacking is taking place right now behind the scenes.
Before moving onto the next governmental target, LulzSec may need to combat some enemies from its own tribe. On a new blog called LulzSec Exposed, Team Web Ninjas has been doxing LulzSec members, claiming its knowledge of their identities.
The Leader of LulzSec is Doxed. Game Over for you Guys !!! We are just posting his pic, We do have his Name, Address, location and work but we are not publishing, Web Ninjas stated on the website on Monday. The subsequent post claimed, Web Ninjas does and will stop Lulzsec. The information regarding LulzSec, due to its sensitivity, will be directly sent to FBI, while the website has already revealed photos and information regarding several other persons believed to be LulzSec members.
While the warfare between hacker groups may end up in their self-destruction, the increased hacking activities pose a serious threat to the authorities around the world, and they have not remained silent.
On the government's side, Pentagon is readying its people through cyber warfare training. The United States' Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is building a mock internet to test defense strategies against cyberterrorism. Different scenarios are simulated on the web to strategize the best response to various types of cyberattack.
One version of the virtual platforms is under construction by defense contractor Lockheed Martin, and another version by researchers from John's Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory, according to tecca. These prototypes will be reviewed and developed until a complete test platform, named the National Cyber Range, is ready to run by this time next year. The National Cyber Range will be complete with software that mimics human behavior under various threat levels, allowing the Pentagon to practice cyberwar games.
On May 31, the Wall Street Journal reported the rising tension in the Pentagon against cyber wars. Unclassified portions of the Pentagon's first formal cyber strategy were reportedly becoming public in June. Hackers are now seen as possible threats to U.S. nuclear reactors, subways or pipelines as a hostile country's military. According to the Journal, the Pentagon intends its plan as a warning to potential adversaries of the consequences of attacking the U.S. through cyber breaches. If you shut down our power grid, maybe we will put a missile down one of your smokestacks, warned a military official.
The battleground of the 21st century seems to shout with battle cries.