HACKTIVIST GROUPS Anonymous and Lulzsec have responded to the arrests of several members accused of hacking online payment service Paypal by dismissing FBI threats and vowing to keep fighting against corruption.
Their response comes to a statement made to the US National Public Radio network (NPR) by Steve Chabinsky, deputy assistant director of the FBI, after the arrests of 16 individuals believe to be involved with the hacker groups. Chabinsky said that the FBI wanted "to send a message that chaos on the internet is unacceptable".
The hacking groups said that while they understand that the FBI finds hacking web sites unacceptable, they find government lying, corporate conspiracy, and profit-geared lobbying even more unacceptable.
They said that these governments and corporations are their enemies and that they will continue to fight them "with all methods... at our disposal", including hacking web sites, the purpose of which it said was to expose lies.
In defiance of the arrests Anonymous and Lulzsec said, "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."
Previous arrests in the US and Europe have done little to curb the hacking, which most recently targeted Rupert Murdoch's media empire and the military alliance NATO. In fact, Anonymous has tended to step up its attacks in response to arrests.
Responding to Chabinsky's assertion that the internet must not become the Wild Wild West, the hacker duo asked, when was it not such a chaotic place? They asked if the FBI really believes that it was ever in control of the internet at any point, and said that it was and is not.
They added, "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."
In a warning to authorities of what is yet to come they ended with, "we're back - and we're not going anywhere." Their full statement is embedded below. µ
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