Linear Fix was one of the few websites to cover LulzSec’s first hacking attempt. On May 10, the group released details about X-Factor contestants then gained access to LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. They started by distancing themselves from other hacking groups saying ‘we aren’t 4chan or Anonymous, but sometimes we might assist them in our own special way,’ In typical LulzSec fashion they wrote on the Fox 15 Twitter that ‘Fox News 15 has decided to rape its own face. A sad day for our 25 viewers.’ The group only had around 255 followers on May 10 and by May 13 that number grew to 799, today more than 272,000 users follow LulzSec.
The infamous group said that they were hacking purely for the fun, though many hacks had other motives. The group inspired many other hacking groups to set up country-specific hacking groups using the LulzSec brand. A prominent example being LulzRaft, a Canadian-based hacking group. LulzSec has reached a point, today, that the group is no longer centrally controlled as the main members depart from LulzSec. It is likely that the legacy left in the forms of splinter groups will continue as LulzSec said today in Pastebin ‘please don’t stop. Together, united, we can stomp down our common oppressors and imbue ourselves with the power and freedom we deserve.’
LulzSec has also chosen some puzzling targets, such as choosing to target gaming websites and developers. The move left fans of the games (Minecraft, League of Legends and EVE Online) confused about the motives of the group. LulzSec has certainly left the security industry thinking of ways to secure their data to protect against SQL injection and storing user passwords in safer conditions, not in plain-text!
The group has not lived without internal controversy. LulzSec Exposed say they released the identities of LulzSec member to ‘humiliate them in the same way they did with hack victims.’ It could be that LulzSec members are trying to escape conviction after the information became available. LulzSec Exposed believes that the same members from Anonymous created LulzSec as a splinter group. The benefits of creating a splinter group is the ability to release thousands of user passwords for little reason whilst Anonymous mostly deals with political hacking called hacktivism.
LulzSec was a very different hacking group, they captured the attention of many news organizations. The group continuously dominated the headlines and each tweet was continuously good-humored, often mocking their enemies. Their 1000th tweet press release shed some light on their continuously release of usernames and passwords from several websites:
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.