The LulzSec Manifesto: More Sec Than Lulz

In honour of its thousandth tweet—and on the heels of compromising the websites of the CIA, US Senate, Sony, and more—the crew of the good ship LulzSec has presented the world with a manifesto, of sorts. So who is LulzSec? And is it they want?

Surprisingly, and contrary to previous indications, they're not just in it for the lulz. Instead, according to the document, LulzSec is here to remind you that internet security is, well, kind of a joke:

This is what you should be fearful of, not us releasing things publicly, but the fact that someone hasn't released something publicly. 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. 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.

Not that LulzSec is claiming much of a moral high ground. They may not be pulling the trigger (that we know of) but they gleefully supply the bullets:

Watching someone's Facebook picture turn into a penis and seeing their sister's shocked response is priceless. Receiving angry emails from the man you just sent 10 dildos to because he can't secure his Amazon password is priceless. You find it funny to watch havoc unfold, and we find it funny to cause it. We release personal data so that equally evil people can entertain us with what they do with it.

It's a peculiar breed of internet nihilism, in which nothing really matters and isn't that hilarious? The larger takeaway for you, though, is that you're vulnerable. We all are. And unless we drastically rethink the way we protect ourselves on the internet, we're just sitting back, waiting until the USS Lulz points its cannons in our direction. [Pastebin via The Atlantic]


Comments

    im scared.

    "The larger takeaway for you, though, is that you’re vulnerable. We all are."

    WE F**KING KNOW THAT. I'm sick of this lot claiming they're doing good for "internet security awareness" by hacking our personal details. Is it even POSSIBLE to be fully secure online? Is it possible to have a password that isn't crackable, or to even protect a site from a DDoS attack? Didn't Sony hire 3 internet security firms, yet they STILL come under attack? WTF are the rest of us supposed to do?

      Security is a two-way street. Most users do 90% of what they should to protect themselves. Companies users are interacting with aren't doing anywhere near that. What's the point of strong passwords if the company's not storing it securely? For example.

      It *is* possible to be secure online, but everyone has to do their part.

      Just a minor point, but a DDoS attack is absolutely no threat to users. It is often used to take down websites and services, but it does not involve stealing any information.

    Man, they've really got guts.
    I applaud!

    At least with anonymous they were trying to take down things they thought were morally wrong, like Sony prosecuting that hacker dude.

    These guys are just a bunch of arseholes.

      morals had nothing to do with that case

    send them to the ACL's website?? Then we can be morally outraged together.

    They can say whatever the hell they want but in the end, all they're being are douchebags. Why would you for instance target Minecraft? There isn't any valuable information there. I got an idea, if they're so much about improving internet security - why don't they HELP these companies by thinking up ideas on how to avoid these sorts of hacks from happening. It's like me trying to prevent an AIDS epidemic by running around jabbing people with an infected needle.

    Idiots like this are the reason why there are now horrible internet laws being put forth. If this was the hackers' aim then congratulations. Looking forward to the day when the government can track your every point and click.

    Make a manifesto. Yeah. That'll cover up the fact you're a group of anarchists, nothing more. They're not helping anyone, or even trying to.

    They took down the CIA website. BIG DEAL. It's a website - it's not like they hacked into some vital server or gained access to critical information, they took a publicly visible website offline. This does not take a great deal of skill or balls to do.

    Isn't it amazing how suddenly Anonymous seems to have dropped off the radar after the PSN breach, then these lulzsec arsehats go into overdrive?

      Well what if these are government agents that want to just erode your free internet?

        Chicken or the Egg?

        Did Anon come coz teh "Man" is beginning laws and legislation making net more draconian? Or are the laws now even getting worse because of the way Anon gets away with?

        That being said.. to label Lulzsec as anarchist is giving them way too much credit. Anon at least in principle falls under that anarchist label if shaking up the status quo.

        Lulzsec are just trolls hiding under the pretext of "exposing security". Thats like saying some douche kid kicked that cat because by being a douche to the cat he's advertising how bad animal cruelty is. Even worse is at least trolls "doing it for lulz" do it for lulz and openly say its for lulz.. not hiding behind some BS moralisation stance.

    Inb4 publishers use all this hacking as evidence of the need for more DRM like protections.
    Thanks for throwing fuel on the internet security fire lulzsec. It's groups like you that make things in the vein of internet censorship seem like a really neat and necessary idea to all the peons who vote on these things.
    When we're all operating out of an internet police state like China or North Korea, I'm sure everyone will hail you as the heroes you are.

      Right, so its government that tries to deprive you of your freedoms...and...you're blaming Lulzsec...?

    What does that mean, "Brink users"? Anyone who has played, or is that those who have registered on a forum/stats site?

    Cue Dark Knight quote about how "some men just want to watch the world burn"

    Sigh. This is ruining all my good memories of /b/. As if there wasn't enough crap in the last 2-3 years to do that anyway.

    Look, I LIKE anarchy, I LIKE self-righteous hacker groups, but RAISING AWARENESS OF SECURITY? Exactly how many times were you dropped on your head as a child? That is NOT a major issue. That is NOT something that needs to be solved to dramatically improve life. That is NOT something that is treading on human rights. It's just a pain in the ass that nobody does because it's a pain in the ass. Sure I could encrypt the hell out of every single file on my computer and use tunneling 24/7, and always have proxies and blockers and all that crap active. But I don't because it would double or triple the time it takes to do even the most mundane of things.

    Meanwhile we have massive amounts of censorship in most first-world countries, some of the most atrocious human rights crimes ever committed PERIOD going on in China, religion still managing to seep its way into politics and legislation, unemployment steadily skyrocketting with absolutely nowhere to go but up... You're telling me you can look over every single issue going on in the world today, turn to me, look me in the eyes, and honestly tell me "People don't use enough encryption" is the biggest one?

    Freaking hell. Just a bunch of arrogant children attacking the defenseless because they're too afraid to attack the actual big threats. Shut down the Great Firewall of China, then try acting self-righteous.

    Sociopaths of the new generation. Instead of kicking puppies and throwing rocks at birds they're annoying the crap out of unsuspecting people for no reason, other than for shits and giggles.

    They admit that they were doing it for fun. But they don't realise that they are only causing problem and not "doing it for security".

    So what if we have some loopholes in security? Nothing is perfect and it will be that way until the very end of the world.

    Worthless piece of scum LulzSec

    Security when you're walking down the street is a joke too. Any fool could just shoot or stab you. We should all go everywhere in bullet proof Hummers with hired bodyguards.

    Tards, the whole lot of them. Nothing they say or do can convince me otherwise, or that anything they do is constructive.

    How long do you think it will be before the US senate classify them as a terrorist organisation and send in SEAL team 6?

    Enjoy being stacked into naked human pyramids in GTMO and having those photos leaked onto the Internet. We'll be the ones "lulzing" then.

    can we send in the naval fleet to sink their pittiful boat already?

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