Published June 20, 2011
The anarchist hackers of the world are uniting.
In a statement released over the weekend, rogue hacker group LulzSec -- which in recent weeks has defaced and disabled sites from Sony to the CIA -- has pledged to unite with its sister collective Anonymous in a new cybercampaign against the world’s governments.
Codenamed Operation Anti-Security, the statement was widely propagated by the two organizations on their official Twitter feeds.
The two underground hacker collectives promised to target any government websites or systems that got in their way.
“Welcome to Operation Anti-Security,” the note read. “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.”
The groups are now looking to pick up any would-be allies as well. “To increase efforts, we are now teaming up with the Anonymous collective and all affiliated battleships,” the statement read.
The group doesn’t shy away from making its objective and its target crystal clear, stating that its “Lulz Lizard battle fleet is now declaring immediate and unremitting war on the freedom-snatching moderators of 2011,” alluding to the major governments attempting to regulate the Internet.
“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.”
This new hacker campaign announcement comes just as the U.S. has reported potential plans to increase maximum sentencing for cyberterrorists. If the new laws are passed, hackers caught breaking into government systems could face 20 years behind bars.
LulzSec recently broke into mainstream consciousness after a string of attacks on governments and companies alike. The outfit emphasizes that it does not hack for financial profit and its main motivation is simply “to have fun by causing mayhem.”