NINJA PIRATE HACKER GROUP Lulzsec has joined forces with the hacktivist group Anonymous in a global operation targeted at governments and banks.
The duo launched Operation Anti-Security today, declaring "unremitting war" on the "freedom-snatching moderators" of the internet. They vowed to fight both the government and what they called "whitehat security terrorists", persumably referring to genuine security outfits like Sophos, which has been highly critical of Lulzsec as being immature and lacking "moral spine".
Lulzsec and Anonymous called on others to support their efforts, suggesting hacking government and banking websites. They particularly encouraged the use of the word "Antisec" as digital or physical graffiti in order to spread the message behind attacks.
Both groups have gained both support and criticism for a number of recent hacks, but this is the first time they have teamed up to take down a target. They revealed that their top priority is to steal and leak classified government information, particularly emphasising the banking industry. They also promised to break through any attempts to censor them.
Lulzsec has been extremely active over the past few weeks, hacking Sony and several other gaming companies, using Distributed Denial of Serivce (DDoS) attacks against the US Senate, International Monetary Fund and CIA web sites, and uploading 62,000 email addresses and passwords it acquired.
There appeared to be no real purpose behind those attacks other than the fun of it, but there is a clearer objective with Operation Anti-Security, targeted at those that oppose internet freedom. It's understandable why this has gained the support of Anonymous, which has been a primary supporter of the whistleblowing web site Wikileaks.
Lulzsec also targeted the FBI-linked Infragard Connecticut web site, which is now offline. It used SQL injection, a relatively simple form of hacking, to compromise over 1,000 passwords belonging to FBI-affiliated members, claiming that many of these people reuse the same password frequently. It chose not to reveal these passwords to the public. µ