LulzSec to critics: We’re doing you all a favor

June 18, 2011
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via Digital Trends

In celebration of its 1000th tweet, the merry hacksters of Lulz Security issued a manifesto Friday that gives an inside look at the guiding philosophy behind their recent campaign of cyberattacks, and explains why the group isn’t really as nefarious as their identity-theft exploits suggest.

“For the past month and a bit, we’ve been causing mayhem and chaos throughout the Internet, attacking several targets including PBS, Sony, Fox, porn websites, FBI, CIA, the U.S. government, Sony some more, online gaming servers (by request of callers, not by our own choice), Sony again, and of course our good friend Sony,” said the group in a statement posted to Pastebin.

Just don’t think these attacks are a bad thing, says LulzSec – or at least not as bad as they could be.

“The main anti-LulzSec argument suggests that we’re going to bring down more Internet laws by continuing our public shenanigans, and that our actions are causing clowns with pens to write new rules for you,” says LulzSec. “But what if we just hadn’t released anything? What if we were silent? That would mean we would be secretly inside FBI affiliates right now, inside PBS, inside Sony… watching… abusing…”

Whether we want to admit it or not, LulzSec explains, none of us are safe from the hoards of depraved digital villains who lurk in the shadows of the online world. Of course, we can condemn LulzSec for stealing hundreds of thousands of website-users’ identities. But we should also be thanking them for at least telling us about it, the group says.

“We’re sitting on 200,000 Brink users right now that we never gave out. It might make you feel safe knowing we told you, so that Brink users may change their passwords,” writes LulzSec. “What if we hadn’t told you? No one would be aware of this theft, and we’d have a fresh 200,000 peons to abuse, completely unaware of a breach.”

This sentiment – that LulzSec is doing us all a favor by publicizing their dastardly deeds – is actually shared by a growing number of people the “white hat” (i.e. non-criminal) cybersecurity industry. These people, tasked with protecting us from their evil counterparts, have been trying desperately for ages to explain the cornucopia of risks that goes with life online. Until now, however, few have paid attention. Instead, most of us non-hackers hide behind paper walls of anti-virus software, thinking we’re all-good. LulzSec simply forces us to pay attention.

Regardless of whether you agree with LulzSec, the group says they’re not going anywhere, at least until they’re “brought to justice, which [they] might well be.” And even if LulzSec is taken down by the authorities, there will just be some other group to take their place. “This is the lulz lizard era,” says LulzSec. Arm yourself, or get used being abused.

Continued here.