Lulz Security and Anonymous Return After FBI Arrests: Are They Political Activist Heroes or Mindless Clowns?

by Jordan Richardson on July 22, 2011

Two hacker groups responsible for a load of cyberattacks as of late are apparently back in business after the FBI made a series of “hacktivist” arrests. As our very own Jeff Wiener noted in his recent article, “Don’t be surprised if rather than being intimidated by these arrests, the hacker attacks become even more brazen, perhaps focusing on the FBI and other agencies responsible.”

Indeed, it looks like the hackers are back in force and it looks like the attacks may well be set to become more brazen.

Anonymous and Lulz Security took to the Internet and put out a joint statement on Thursday. The statement could not be independently verified, but it stated, in part, that the groups were not afraid – at least not anymore. “We are not scared any more. Your threats to arrest us are meaningless to us as you cannot arrest an idea,” the hacker groups said.

Steven Chabinsky, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s cyber division, was the apparent target of the groups’ statement. He had gone on NPR and made the critical “error” of saying that breaking into websites and breaking the law as a result is “entirely unacceptable.”

The hacker groups came up with the familiar refrain of governments having lied to citizens and induced fear. Apparently breaking into websites and defacing them with absurd Internet memes is the right way to counteract tyranny. Such is the mind of the modern “hacktivist.”

“These governments and corporations are our enemy. And we will continue to fight them, with all methods we have at our disposal, and that certainly includes breaking into their websites and exposing their lies,” the statement said without elaborating as to how taking down PayPal or stealing the personal information of innocent customers and clients exactly protects them from a culture of fear and deception from governments.

Of course, it’s hard to take a group seriously that claims that it does things “for the lulz.” Internet freedom is most assuredly a cause worth fighting for, but colour me unconvinced that the path that battle should take is through destruction and theft of the information and property of innocent individuals.

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