Published June 23, 2011
From hacker to hackee.
The anonymous LulzSec group has made waves hacking everyone from media companies to the government. But a second hacker squad plans to take its followers out, one by one -- and give LulzSec a taste of its own medicine.
"We're here to show the world that they're nothing but a bunch of script kiddies," Hex0010, a 23-year-old member of TeaMp0isoN, said in an exclusive FoxNews.com interview.
TeaMp0isoN -- read, Team Poison -- is a group of professional hackers, publicly connected to the Palestinian-friendly "Mujahideen Hacking Unit" that defaced Facebook in December, and they're racing international police to pull back the sheets and expose LulzSec's identities.
The cops struck first when 19-year-old Ryan Cleary, widely rumored to be a member of LulzSec, was arrested Monday and charged Wednesday with several offenses by British police.
He won't be the last, Hex said.
Team Poison on Tuesday defaced the website for Sven Slootweg, a Swedish web designer living in the Netherlands, labeling him part of LulzSec.
Slootweg quickly and avidly denied the accusations. After reclaiming his site, he posted a note stating, "I am not a member of LulzSec (a statement I have made several times before in various places)."
Hex, who agreed to speak with FoxNews.com on condition that he not be named, said the next hacker to be exposed is a Californian. He refused to name names but plans to post that information along with IP addresses and chat room logs that confirm the person's affiliation with LulzSec.
Why the headbutting among hackers? Team Poison has been hacking for years and takes issue with the newcomers, who use push-button software packages to bring down websites from Sony and Sega to the FBI and the CIA.
Get some skills, Hex said.
"You think, 'I'm a bad-ass hacker because I can knock someone offline for a few minutes.' That's bull----. Come on," he scoffed.
LulzSec, which is affiliated with the notorious hacker group Anonymous, is not amused, Hex said.
"I've already got threats and death threats from [hacker group] Anonymous left and right," he said, before downplaying any risk to himself. And knocking him offline would be pointless, he said.
"Fine, I'm offline," he said. "I go somewhere and wait while my Internet comes back on. Doesn't affect me."
In Britain, the Metropolitan police have yet to explicitly connect Cleary with LulzSec, despite the arrest and the charges of computer hacking. And LulzSec has distanced itself from him, writing on its Twitter account, "Clearly the UK police are so desperate to catch us that they've gone and arrested someone who is, at best, mildly associated with us. Lame."
Hex insisted that Cleary is connected to the group, though his role is unclear.
"Depends on how you look at it," he told FoxNews.com. "You can say he's one of the people that ran it, you can say he's a middleman. Depends on how you look at it. I think he's a middleman."
Team Poison claims its actions are politically motivated, making them good guys -- sort of.
"We're a group that consists of political hackers," Hex told FoxNews.com. "A lot of people consider us being a religious type thing -- in reality it's not. When international governments are doing wrong and trying to hide from it, we're there."
Whether they are good guys depends on where you sit, of course. Hex claimed responsibility for hacking a number of government websites, the same crime Cleary is accused of. The group is also clearly connected with the Mujahideen Hacking Unit and the Pakistan Cyber Army -- groups known to be anti-U.S., anti-Israel and anti-India.
A 2010 Daily Beast article about Team Poison and TriCk, a teenage British leader of the group, alleged that the group of Palestinian, U.S. and United Arab Emirates hackers "wiped clean the pages of their Zionist opponents."
Are they really connected?
"It's complicated," Hex said, explaining that the hacks were part of a "cyberbattle" between a variety of hacking outfits, including PAX and ZHC, or Z-Company.
Then he returned his focus to his current target -- and his plans to reveal LulzSec identities.
"We're going to let them do what they do. Then we're going to do what we do," he told FoxNews.com. "We're going to hit them hard."