Lulz Security or LulzSec, which bills itself those evil bastards from Tweeter, made headlines earlier this week by threatening to destroy rival hacker group that hacked into Sega network - but who is LulzSec and what does it want?
The loosely knit group, which has carried on relentless attacks on Sony, PBS, Fox.com, the US Senate, the CIA, and a slew of gaming sites including EVE Online, Minecraft and League of Legends, had tweeted to Sega after the latter was hacked, telling the game developer to get in touch with it. @Sega - contact us. We want to help you destroy the hackers that attacked you. We love the Dreamcast, these people are going down, LulzSec tweeted.
Love the Dreamcast - does LulzSec's hidden agenda lie in helping Sega relive its past glory?
Probably not but before we dismiss it altogether, let's take a quick trip back to Sega's glorious days.
The Dreamcast was Sega's last console, released ahead of the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Gamecube, and featuring advanced graphics and online play. However, Sega has since shifted to just producing games for other hardware companies like Nintendo. Nonetheless, there are still many that adore the Dreamcast, and many Sega games are being imported into the Xbox Live Arcade.
LulzSec also denied media reports that it has no intention of attacking or destroying rival hack group Anonymous.
#MediaFacts Saying we’re attacking Anonymous because we taunted /b/ is like saying we’re going to war with America because we stomped on a cheeseburger,” it tweeted.
Anonymous tweeted back: “We are NOT at war with @LulzSec #MediaFags.”
What then is LulzSec and what do they want?
Perhaps a press release posted in honor of their 10,000th tweet will clear things up a bit.
According to LulzSec, it could have kept silent over the hacks instead of announcing them. What if we just hadn’t released anything? What if we were silent? That would mean we would be secretly inside FBI affiliates right now, inside PBS, inside Sony… watching… abusing…, it said.
LulzSec also offered an insight into the world of hackers: Do you think every hacker announces everything they’ve hacked? We certainly haven’t, and we’re damn sure others are playing the silent game. Do you feel safe with your Facebook accounts, your Google Mail accounts, your Skype accounts? What makes you think a hacker isn’t silently sitting inside all of these right now, sniping out individual people, or perhaps selling them off? You are a peon to these people. A toy. A string of characters with a value.
LulzSec said Internet users should beware of hackers who remain silent and not those who publicly announce what they do. What you should be fearful of, not us releasing things publicly, but the fact that someone hasn’t released something publicly. We’re sitting on 200,000 Brink users right now that we never gave out. It might make you feel safe knowing we told you, so that Brink users may change their passwords. What if we hadn’t told you? No one would be aware of this theft, and we’d have a fresh 200,000 peons to abuse, completely unaware of a breach, the group said.
LulzSec also acknowledged that hacking is sometimes done for fun and entertainment and without any particular agenda.
Watching someone’s Facebook picture turn into a penis and seeing their sister’s shocked response is priceless. Receiving angry emails from the man you just sent 10 dildos to because he can’t secure his Amazon password is priceless, LulzSec said.
LulzSec also predicts its inevitable demise from the memory of Internet users: You’ll forget about us in 3 months’ time when there’s a new scandal to gawk at, or a new shiny thing to click on via your 2D light-filled rectangle.
This is the Internet, where we screw each other over for a jolt of satisfaction. There are peons and lulz lizards; trolls and victims, the group said.
Thank you, bitches, LulzSec signs off.
Hmm...not so scary.
But wait - People who can make things work better within this rectangle have power over others; the whitehats who charge $10,000 for something we could teach you how to do over the course of a weekend, providing you aren’t mentally disabled, LulzSec claims.
Now, that's scary!!!