Hackers collective LulzSec, which announced a cyberwar against corrupt governments earlier this week, became the shocking victim of a hack attack itself - rival hack group TeaMp0isoN hacked into the website of an alleged LulzSec member Swen Slootweg (who goes by the handle Joepie91) and warned LulzSec to back down, telling them: you will_NEVER_represent the real hacking scene.
LulzSec had teamed up with another hacker group Anonymous to launch 'Operation Anti-Security' or 'AntiSec' to expose corrupt, abusive governments.
“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,” the group's operation statement read.
The announcement sent shudders in the Internet corridors as LulzSec has gained notoriority for its recent attacks on Sony, Nintendo, Bethesda, The Escapist, PBS, Fox.com, the US Senate, the CIA, and a slew of gaming sites including EVE Online, Minecraft and League of Legends. On Wednesday (June 22), LulzSec also hacked into 2 Brazilian government websites - Brasil.gov.br and Presidencia.gov.br - that were both down after the hack.
Anonymous is also an infamous hacker group, which routinely has taken up politically- and morally-charged causes. It gained national attention in 2008 when it went after the Church of Scientology. Anonymous has also hacked HBGary Federal, anti-Wikileaks sites, Sony and websites of governments that censor the Internet.
However, it seems not everybody agrees with LulzSec's 'Anti-Security' agenda.
TeaMp0isoN, which hacked into Slootweg's website, left a message:
BREAKING NEWS: THE LULZBOAT HAS OFFICIALLY SANK WITH 100S OF ANON MEMBERS ON BOARD!
No matter how many bots you gather, no matter how much people you lie to, no matter how much pre-made tools you use, you will_NEVER_represent the real hacking scene, we warned you, we told you we do not make empty threats, we gave u 48hrs to secure your ircs yet u failed to do so, instead you posted hashes from public forums and then claimed you doxed us and laughed at the fact that I was 17 years old. Stop telling yourself that u are hackers, putting a ip into a irc is NOT hacking nor is using pre-made tools and scripts to grab databases…you do not represent the anti-sec movement, u are not allowed to greet underground groups like zf0, ab, h0n0, el8 like your member “AnonSabu” was doing, you will never be a part of the underground scene, if anyone thinks you are underground and can actually hack they have no idea about what happens in the underground scene.
TeaMp0isoN, which compose of TriCk aka Saywhat? & iN^SaNe, also warned that unless LulzSec backs down, it will make public all the information on LulzSec members.
Oh and TeaMp0isoN issue 2 is coming out VERY soon exposing lulzsec members (pictures, addresses, passwords, ips, phone numbers etc)….not so anonymous anymore are you? Let’s hope that you can swim because the lulzboat just got titanic’d, it taunted.
The Titantic theme “My Heart Will Go On” accompanies the hack message (how cheesy!!).
Slootweg's website is down now but you can check it out on this mirror site.
Meanwhile, another hacker who goes by the alias Red_Penguin, told the hackers community not to heed LulzSec's 'AntiSec' call.
I am not promoting the purity and perfection of this government…But this Anti-Security operation is not the right answer. I suggest a #ProSec operation which does not damage the reputation of the Internet as a whole. Do not take up the Lulz Lizard banner and show how bad the Internet can be, but instead stand against those who are only damaging our interwebs which we live on and think for yourselves, Red_Penguin said.
Red_Penguin has posted a chat log between alleged LulzSec members and has provided a link to the infamous Th3j35t3r's website. Th3j35t3r is allegedly a hackers group with anti-LulzSec sentiments.
Earlier, Web Ninjas, a supposed hacker vigilantes with possible ties to Th3j35t3r, had exposed the alleged identities of LulzSec members by posting up the IRC chat logs and personal information on many LulzSec members including Kayla, Topiary, Joepie and many others.
Web Ninjas said they also have the information of the LulzSec leader, including his name, address, location, photo, etc and are waiting for the right time to hand over the sensitive data to the FBI. “Game over for you Guys,” Web Ninjas boasted, adding that we have shown them that they are not the ‘Internet Gods’ they think they are.
More information on Web Ninjas' postings can be found here.
So what do the Web Ninjas want? We want to see a Safe and Peaceful Internet for every one, not some bunch of kids threatening web and trying to own it for LULZ or in the name of publicity or Financial gain or Anti-Govt Agenda, they said.
A 19-year old man called Ryan Cleary, with alleged links to LulzSec, was also arrested on Tuesday by the London Metropolitan Police's Central e-Crime Unit. LulzSec, however, has denied that Cleary is part of the group. Ryan Cleary is not part of LulzSec; we house one of our many legitimate chatrooms on his IRC server, but that's it, the hack group tweeted last night. We use Ryan's server, we also use Efnet, 2600, Rizon and AnonOps IRC servers. That doesn't mean they're all part of our group.
[T]he UK police are so desperate to catch us that they've gone and arrested someone who is, at best, mildly associated with us. Lame, the group tweeted.
However, one thing seems clear - LulzSec is gaining more enemies than friends. What do you think? Has LulzSec violated any honor code among the hackers? Or have LulzSec's brashness and chest-pounding war cries earned the ire of fellow hackers? Leave your comments below.