Friday, June 17, 2011

Hacktivists don’t do it for the “lulz”

Lulz Security are no hacktivists

Over the last few months, you might have noticed that a war is being waged online, and because of this war, two hacker groups have come into the spotlight: Anonymous and Lulz Security.

These hacker groups have been behind a lot of distributed denial of service attacks, which have resulted in the websites of a number of corporations and even governments being knocked offline.

The label “hacktivist” – amalgamation of “hacker” and “activist” – has been awarded to both of these groups by many, and this is something I have a problem with, at least as far as Lulz Security is concerned.

Right at the outset, I want to say that I have no affiliation with either of these groups. Quite frankly, I really don’t care what they are up to. But, even so, I can understand the term “hacktivist” being applied to Anonymous; they are fighting for a variety of (what they see as) causes.

However, I do have a huge problem with Lulz Security being given this “honor”! And yes, it is sort of an honor to be called a hacktivist, because what you essentially are doing is acting like a modern-day Robin Hood. You know, stealing-from-the-rich-to-give-to-the-poor kind of thing…. Only, instead of money, hacktivists typically deal in information.

At the risk of having my online identity hijacked or worse, I am of the opinion that members of Luz Security are nothing more than miscreants. All they are doing is annoying people and then bragging about it.

Just look at their antics like setting up a telephone request line so its fans can suggest potential targets. Are these the actions of hacktivists? No! No! No! These are the actions of miscreants, plain and simple.

Hacktivists don’t do it just for the LOLs, or, as Lulz Security likes to write, lulz! They do it for (what they see as) the public good!

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