Latest target in flurry of LulzSec attacks: Senate.gov!
By Madison Ruppert
Editor of End the Lie
This group of anonymous hackers known as LulzSecurity have been behind a recent wave of hacking attacks on major corporations and now government infrastructure. This is very worrisome seeing as this is giving a perfect excuse to implement insane cybersecurity measures like unique online IDs and enhanced tracking, monitoring, and censoring capabilities in the hands of the government.
Is LulzSec a “Red Team” funded by DARPA, the NSA, or some other shadowy Pentagon group renowned for making end-runs around the Constitution?
There are some major hindrances to coming to this conclusion with a solid base of factual evidence. Why would a government-sponsored red team attack the FBI affiliated InfraGard and expose a covert cyberwar in Libya? Well, one might point out the same exact reasoning behind the controlled leak dubbed WikiLeaks which seems to strangely support the overall agenda without fail.
Controlled opposition is a powerful tool and full spectrum dominance is the ultimate goal of any intelligence agency. However, LulzSec does not show all of the traditional earmarks of a red team operation.
LulzSec successfully hacked the massive Sony network, compromising immense amounts of sensitive customer information. They also defaced the website of the Public Broadcasting Station (PBS), all of which were not direct attacks on the government.
Why has this group of hackers changed their sights to the government secured networks, breaches of which the Pentagon considers to be an act of war?
If these hackers, many of which are probably FBI informants, are actually pro-internet freedom, how do they not realize that their tactics are fueling Washington’s crusade for total internet control? (Note: the FBI infiltration of the hacker community was also covered in the British publication the Guardian. Not surprisingly, this was not nearly as prominently covered in the American corporate press.)
If LulzSec is indeed a completely independent anti-government group, what on Earth do they think will come from stealing information from the Senate website? How is that at all constructive? This will only serve to give the anti-internet tyrants on Capitol Hill more talking points.
“This is a small, just-for-kicks release of some internal data from Senate.gov — is this an act of war, gentlemen?” Lulz Security said in a statement.
“We don’t like the US government very much,” the group added. “Their sites aren’t very secure.”
Yes, it is an act of war. The Pentagon stated that in no uncertain terms. I am just confused about how stealing and releasing small amounts of internal data from the Senate.gov site “just-for-kicks” would help anyone or achieve anything other than more ammunition for those who seek to clamp down on our freedoms.