Continuing on with my previous blog posts about the topic of Hacktivism, in 2011 a dark hacktivist group calling themselves ‘LulzSec’ were formed from private online chat rooms and from the Anonymous forum. The name LulzSec was derived from ‘lulz’ meaning laughs and ‘sec’ meaning security this essentially meant that LulzSec would hack into secure companies, expose their security flaws and share their data. Throughout their short time LulzSec managed to hack major companies including Fox.com, Nintendo, PBS, Sony PlayStation Network and Bethesda Studios. LulzSec was eventually arrested after front runner ‘Sabu’ acted as an informant for the FBI.
However despite their hacking LulzSec are considered very small sale hackers when compared with hackers such as Michael Calce, Edward Snowden, Jonathan James and Kevin Mitnick, LulzSec’s action were relatively harmless and didn’t result in government secrets being leaked or mass credit cards being stolen.
Take a look at this Prezi which delves further into Calce, Snowden, James and Mitnick and their hacking exploits
NB: If you are worried about being attacked online give this article by Jeff Goldman a read.
Arthur C 2013, ‘LulzSec: what they did, who they were and how they were caught,’ theguardian.com, accessed 12th October 2015, http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/may/16/lulzsec-hacking-fbi-jail