[Hackers at war] Web Ninjas vs Anonymous vs LulzSec

Hackers of the world, whether your hat is white, gray or black, open lulz war has been declared and the battle is on. Depending if you side with LulzSec and Anonymous in a mission called "Operation Anti-Security," or if you side with "Team Web Ninjas" who are busy doxing LulzSec members, the other side will probably regard you, at best, as a griefer. Griefers differ from trolls in that griefers often work within a group, a tag team, to "chronically cause grief to other members of an online community." At worst, you might be called a terrorist.
On a new blog called LulzSec Exposed, 'Team Web Ninjas' wrote, "If LulzSec can expose security holes, We can expose their holes, How about this for LULZ?" These "Web Ninjas in action" claim to be "bringing Lulz to hack victims." The blog is outing suspected Lulzers by exposing some of the real-life identities of "known" LulzSec group members. It also has published many IRC chat logs, videos, and doxing like crazy by publishing real names, birthdays, photos, and links to social networking site profiles of suspected LulzSec members.
In a move called Operation Security to address mission Anti-Security, the "Web Ninjas" wrote:
Now that Sabu and his gang aka LulzSec were exposed by us and our friends, they feel very insecure and they know their time is near. Already some members of the group left who were scared puppies like Redacted, Devrandom, TrollPoll, Neuron and others are counting days out of fear.
So, Sabu came up with this crazy idea and started accepting in above pastebin that they will join Anonymous, Doesn't that sound like a Joke? Already they were members of Anonymous and now wish to get back to their "Mother ship-Anonymous" to take shelter and protect themselves for support, in case they get caught. Too late dear, Isn't it?
Meanwhile, in a battle cry for all hackers to band together and fight for web freedom, Operation Anti-Security states, "Government and whitehat security terrorists across the world continue to dominate and control our Internet ocean." The call-to-arms post on pastebin says, "Our Lulz Lizard battle fleet is now declaring immediate and unremitting war on the freedom-snatching moderators of 2011." Operation Anti-Security says it is aimed at exposing government, banking, and corporate corruption. "Top priority is to steal and leak any classified government information, including email spools and documentation. Prime targets are banks and other high-ranking establishments. If they try to censor our progress, we will obliterate the censor with cannonfire anointed with lizard blood."
This doesn't look like it will have a happy and warm-fuzzy ending. Hackers, can't we all just kinda get along for the greater good? All this fighting can smudge all hacker hats with gray, even black, as each side seems to believe their hat is tinted somewhat white by noble intent.
No matter what shade your hat, everyone gets hurt when sites are hacked and innocent cyber-bystanders have their emails, passwords and private information published. Yes, after so many sites were cracked, it should now be glaringly apparent even to doubters not to reuse passwords on other sites. On the other side of the fence, shining a bright light on corruption, be it government or corporations, could help bring about some real and lasting change for the better. Web freedom is vital and surveillance is rampant; there are plenty of entities that wield fear as their weapon and attempt to fit others with a choke collar to control them.
Each side believes it is filled with heroes while the other side is filled with terrorists. To some degree, this is the way it has always been in IRC wars, but now we are openly waging war on each other out in the vast expanse of cyberspace. Hackers, will you watch the war? Will you bring your cybergunz and fight in it? Where do you most often hack in the 256 shades of gray that make up a black and white rainbow? I hope we don't all turn into griefers. Please be careful about tossing around the label "terrorists" . . . cause that hurts all hackers. By working together, we can save the world.

Source: Computerworld.com/


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