For better for worse, the last 50 days were all about bringing back a good old subject: Security. The hackers group LulzSec achieved what no one else has tried before. It broke into some of the best security systems around to prove that no one is invincible and to “expose corporations, governments, often the general population itself.”
The group’s final “release” was a torrent file uploaded to The Pirate Bay (it’s since been removed). It contained internal unencrypted data from several websites: AOL, AT&T, Battlefield Heroes Beta, Hackforums.net, Nato-bookshop, the FBI, Office networks of corporations, private investigator E-mails. In a Friday interview, a member of LulzSec said the group had at least 5 gigabytes of government and law enforment data from across the world, which it plans to release in the next three weeks.
For those who don’t know nothing about LulzSec, it’s a group of hackers that like to play with important websites. Its members are different from other hackers because they don’t hack to steal information. Instead, they work to prove that even some of the richest companies have security breaches that can easily be exploited. LulzSec takes its name from the neologism “Lulz,” derived from “LOL,” and “Sec,” for “Security.”
We all know that hacking is forbidden, but we also know that soon the Internet could become a place where censorship can be applied and websites closed down by governments. What LulzSec did could seem like a brave though illegal act of exposing secret information, much like the activities of WikiLeaks.
Of course, every action has a reaction and we hope that in the wake of LulzSec’s breaches, security will change and companies will upgrade their systems to deny the access of unauthorized persons.