The message was pretty clear: you can't stop us. And you can expect more attacks.
It's interesting to note that in late June, LulzSec (full name, Lulz Security) said they were sailing the "Lulz Boat" into the sunset and posted a final dump of data. While not giving a reason for their "retirement," it was speculated at the time that LulzSec was quitting in fear of prosecution.
What set the groups off was a statement by Chabinsky to NPR, one that said: ""We want to send a message that chaos on the Internet is unacceptable, [even if] hackers can be believed to have social causes, it's entirely unacceptable to break into websites and commit unlawful acts."
What Chabinsky is talking about are attacks by LulzSec and Anonymous based on issues such as perceived persecution of WikiLeaks, Arizona's anti-immigration SB1070 law, Rupert Murdoch and his empire, and other such incidents. Their recent hacking campaign is called AntiSec. The two groups say it was begun to take on corruption in government and big business.
The post by LulzSec and Anonymous, among other things, cites several things that the two groups themselves find unacceptable. Among them, the post said, are “governments lying to their citizens,” “corporations aiding and conspiring with said governments," and "lobby conglomerates who only follow their agenda to push the profits higher."
It was Tweeted on LulzSec's "official" Twitter feed. The full text was linked, posted on pastebin, and said the following:
Hello thar FBI and international law authorities,
We recently stumbled across the following article with amazement and a certain amount of amusement:
"We want to send a message that chaos on the Internet is unacceptable, [even if] hackers can be believed to have social causes, it's entirely unacceptable to break into websites and commit unlawful acts."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 fulfil.
- 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.
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 to do make us stop.
"The Internet has become so important to so many people that we have to ensure that the World Wide Web does not become the Wild Wild West."Let me ask you, good sir, when was the Internet not the Wild Wild West? Do you really believe you were in control of it at any point? You were not.
That does not mean that everyone behaves like an outlaw. You see, most people do not behave like bandits if they have no reason to. We become bandits on the Internet because you have forced our hand. The Anonymous bitchslap rings through your ears like hacktivism movements of the 90s. We're back - and we're not going anywhere. Expect us.