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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,, PBS, NATO,, 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 tng on 7/22/2011 5:52:54 PM , Rating: 2
Its the GEs of our time and in the future that we have to worry about. 1984 is dead. Big brother is not a nameless government, but the cartel of powerhouse corporations who buy policy that we have to worry about.
Can't argue with you on that, but I will add that many of the people who are in the large corporations are the same people that used to be in government, so much so that it becomes hard to see where the line between the two should be drawn. This is where the corruption comes from IMO.

I do not want to see revolution here, but it may be coming via the two party system. Look at the election maps and see the division between the red and blue and how much strife is created. That is where it will start.

RE: This will not end well...
By guffwd13 on 7/22/2011 6:02:57 PM , Rating: 1
Look at the election maps and see the division between the red and blue and how much strife is created. That is where it will start.

Agree completely. Its already begun. That official from SoCal suggested it. It wouldn't work and he's an idiot if he thought it would. No tax base with the 13 poorest counties in the state and he thinks he'll even be able to pay for water from NoCal aside from all other government responsibilities?

But I digress. He wanted it on party lines because he couldn't stand the other side. One effect of the internet is letting people know how many others of like-mind there are out there. That of course increases one's confidence and conviction and perhaps it isn't the previous generation who taught us black and white but rather a simple effect of the technologies it invented.

Either way, things are going to change drastically in the next few decades. And maybe thats a good thing. Every system of organization requires a reset button eventually.

When in Rome? Exactly. And that's why it fell.

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997

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