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  (Source: starthack.com)
Hackers say they "are not scared anymore"

Hacker groups LulzSec and Anonymous have made their point clear: they can infiltrate pretty much any government/corporate system they choose, and can cause plenty of chaos while doing so. In 2011 alone, Sony, Fox.com, PBS, NATO, Pron.com, the Arizona Police Department, the CIA, News Corp., Bank of America and many more were hacked by the two groups.

Just this week, the FBI arrested 16 alleged members who were associated with some of the cyber attacks. Fourteen were responsible for the attack against PayPal last December, while the fifteenth person was arrested on charges associated with the intrusion of computer systems at InfraGard and the sixteenth had allegedly downloaded thousands of documents related to AT&T's LTE broadband network and 4G data network. Those arrested ranged from ages 20 to 42, and were located in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, California, Florida, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Nevada, Washington D.C. and Ohio.

When these arrests were made, the FBI's Deputy Assistant Director Steven Chabinsky told NPR that this victory for the FBI sends "a message that chaos on the Internet is unacceptable." Hackers responded with the following message:

We are not scared any more. Your threats to arrest us are meaningless to us as you cannot arrest an idea. Any attempt to do so will make your citizens more angry until they will roar in one gigantic choir. It is our mission to help these people and there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- you can possibly do to make us stop.

The message didn't end there. Anonymous also added that governments and corporations are the real enemy, and even listed why.

Now let us be clear here, Mr. Chabinsky, while we understand that you and your colleagues may find breaking into websites unacceptable, let us tell you what WE find unacceptable:
    • Governments lying to their citizens and inducing fear and terror to keep them in control by dismantling their freedom piece by piece.
    • Corporations aiding and conspiring with said governments while taking advantage at the same time by collecting billions of funds for federal contracts we all know they can't fulfill.
    • Lobby conglomerates who only follow their agenda to push the profits higher, while at the same time being deeply involved in governments around the world with the only goal to infiltrate and corrupt them enough so the status quo will never change.
Chabinsky noted in the NPR interview that LulzSec and Anonymous' activities, no matter the reason, could put citizens in danger of terrorists or organized crime groups caught a glimpse of the government documents the hacker groups leak online.

"There has not been a large-scale trend toward using hacking to actually destroy websites, [but] that could be appealing to both criminals or terrorists," said Chabinsky. "That's where 'hacktivism,' even if currently viewed by some as a nuisance, shows the potential to be destabilizing."

LulzSec tweeted a similar message to Anonymous' on July 21, with a quirky twist:

"Arresting people won't stop us, FBI," said LulzSec's tweet. "We will only cease fire when you all wear shoes on your heads. That's the only way this is ending."


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RE: This will not end well...
By MrBlastman on 7/22/2011 3:00:48 PM , Rating: 0
They are going about it all wrong though. They are damaging innocent people in the name of an "ideal" or "belief." This has never been the best course of action (other than the carpet-bombing of Germany which helped to end the holocaust we were mostly unaware of at the time, as well as the occupation of Europe).

The difference here though is, unlike the allies who had strong industrial and military might--the hackers have nothing but lube, thermoses and computers to hide behind. They could learn a lot from Francis Marion. They are drawing far too much attention to themselves at this point.

It is one thing to fight the battle, it is another to live to tell about it. Being locked up in prison is no way to serve the cause.


RE: This will not end well...
By Bostlabs on 7/22/2011 3:22:53 PM , Rating: 2
I'm just wandering when the ransoming of data they've stolen will start.
When you don't care who you're hurting in your crusade sooner or later you lose your original, good or bad, and start taking whatever you want and to heck with the consequences.


RE: This will not end well...
By Bostlabs on 7/22/2011 3:23:54 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry. Wondering not wandering. Hey it's Friday! :)


RE: This will not end well...
By Abbie-Normal on 7/22/2011 3:33:01 PM , Rating: 1
Those who created the problems now judge the reactions of those who will pay the price for them. Our kids' future is bankrupt; their freedoms squandered. Through apathy, greed, laziness and ignorance, we caused their plight. Who can blame them if they don't look to us for advice? We obviously have none to give. It's their fight now. Instead of judging their methods, perhaps we should don Guy Fawkes masks in support of them?


RE: This will not end well...
By ClownPuncher on 7/22/11, Rating: 0
RE: This will not end well...
By The0ne on 7/22/2011 5:21:26 PM , Rating: 2
I don't disagree one bit about their intent but their actions is little to be desire now. Peons rarely are the culprit in corrupt institutions and organizations so leaking their info or whatever is pointless and dangerous. Ultimately though, I 50/50 because I would have chosen to unravel the corruption with evidence rather than what they've been doing.


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