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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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If you aren't afraid
By michal1980 on 7/22/2011 4:37:55 PM , Rating: 0
Stop hiding behind screen names and PC's. Come out and stand up for your 'beliefs'

You wont. Why? Scared. & unwilling to sacrifice for what you believe in.




RE: If you aren't afraid
By guffwd13 on 7/22/2011 5:05:52 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Stop hiding behind screen names and PC's. Come out and stand up for your 'beliefs'


That makes absolutely no sense. If they are truly doing it for a cause, the moment they stand up, is the moment it all ends and there are few, if any who would pick up the pieces where they left off. And there entire effort thus far would be all for naught.

I feel there is much yet we have to hear from them. At the moment, it may simply be posturing and testing. At some point I'm sure they will make their real intentions known and will strike fiercely to achieve what it is they desire.

Until then, all judgement as to most of this is pure speculation.


RE: If you aren't afraid
By JediJeb on 7/22/2011 5:45:28 PM , Rating: 5
I think the signers of the Declaration of Independence would disagree. Those men stood up for what they believed was right and put their lives on the line for said beliefs. You might make a little stir when anonymously making statements, but your statements carry far more weight when those reading them see you are ready to put yourself up as collateral in the effort to advance your beliefs.


RE: If you aren't afraid
By mindless1 on 7/24/2011 5:55:29 PM , Rating: 2
... and they happened to have a militia to back them.

Big difference, having some force behind your words which is what the corporations have so long as the hackers violate the law.

This is also where the hackers fail, simply exposing mass amounts of data, defacing sites, and making vague claims instead of solid investigation and coherent proofs of wrongdoing by individuals within the corporations or elected officials.

The world is different today. March on down to a large corporation and put yourself up as collateral and what will happen is a guard will escort you off the premises.

Someday you will be correct, society is still evolving (or revolving?) in this direction but the venue is the internet, a place where social standards are still being created and that at a very rapid pace.


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