June 20, 2011
Hacker Groups Unify To Battle World Governments
Hacker group LulzSec has pledged to unite with hacker group Anonymous in a new cybercampaign against the world's governments.
The two underground hacker groups promised to target government websites or systems that got in their way.
"Welcome to Operation Anti-Security," the note read. "We encourage any vessel, large or small, to open fire on any government or agency that crosses their path. We fully endorse the flaunting of the word 'AntiSec' on any government website defacement or physical graffiti art."
The statement said the groups are now looking for more allies as well: "To increase efforts, we are now teaming up with the Anonymous collective and all affiliated battleships."
The group said its "Top priority is to steal and leak any classified government information, including email spools and documentation. Prime targets are banks and other high-ranking establishments."
The new hacker campaign, codenamed Operation Anti-Security, said the U.S. has reported potential plans to increase maximum sentencing for cyberterrorists. If the new laws are passed, hackers who are caught breaking into government systems could face 20 years in prison.
LulzSec broke into mainstream consciousness after a string of attacks on governments and companies a like. The group says it does not hack for financial profit and its main motivation is simply "to have fun by causing mayhem."
LulzSec concluded their call to arms with "It's now or never. Come aboard, we're expecting you."