Where @LulzSec came from, who's running it, and why #antisec is a big deal

Security reporter Joe Menn has a piece up today at the Financial Times exploring the origins of LulzSec, and who is coordinating operations of the group described as "part-criminal gang and part-performance artists." (site registration required).


  1. Or google “Hackers gain force from new media” and you should be taken through to the story.

  2. I’m starting to think the original-style punk anti-establishmentarianism of the 70’s/80’s has shifted from music as a medium to computers as a medium today.

  3. To get the article, just google the headline (“Hackers gain force from new media”) and click the news link. Apparently as long as Google is the referrer, they don’t block you.

    (Hat tip to bugmenot.com for this info)

  4. It is worth reading for information more detailed than I’ve seen anywhere else. I’d infer the author has seen some IRC logs of internal discussions about organization, including the handoff of the twitter feed from who has been doing it to one a little less noisy and more defensive. Googling the headline worked just fine in three clicks.

  5. Gah – none of the above links are working for me without forcing registration, even just googling the headline isn’t. Halp!

  6. > Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2011. You may share using our article tools. Please don’t cut articles from FT.com and redistribute by email or post to the web.

    Hahahaha. “Please do not share, use the broken tools that prevent you from sharing!” They really do not _want_ us to read the article, do they? After trying multiple times and giving up, I read it on the pastebin dump, against their wishes.

    Maybe I should have just given up instead, like they wanted me to?

  7. Though, I wonder how ‘We were doing this to show up the weaknesses in internet security’ holds up now that Lulzsec have supposedly been hacked themselves?

    At the very least, it makes it all very post-modern.

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