Team LulzSec is Taking Over

Team LulzSec is Taking Over

Jun 17, 2011

Week in Tweets: Are You Team LulzSec or Team Anonymous?

In the battle of hackers, are you Team Anonymous or Team LulzSec?

Week in Tweets: LulzSec & Anonymous

Move over Anonymous, you’re not the only hacker group in town.

In recent weeks we’ve seen the emergence of another group of hackers called LulzSec (short for Lulz Security), which hit the public radar when it attacked Sony Pictures Web sites.

LulzSec has aimed even higher since then, attacking political targets like the FBI, the CIA, and the U.S. Senate Web site, which crashed as a result.

The group also created a dial-in number (614-LULZSEC) for suggested hacks to field suggestions for their next hacking targets. This led to takedown games popular with 4Chan (Anonymous’ roots) like Minecraft, EVE Online, and League of Legends. Then on Thursday it unexpectedly released the emails and passwords of more than 62,000 Joe Shmoe Internet users, like members of a writing website.

Why do they do this? For entertainment, LulzSec says.

“We release personal data so that equally evil people can entertain us with what they do with it,” LulzSec wrote in a Friday manifesto.

Meanwhile Anonymous makes enemies with NATO, Sony, anti-WikiLEaks organizations, and Internet-clamping countries like Turkey and Syria.

This week many publications also reported that the two groups were at “war.”

According to Digital Trends, the feuding began when LulzSec attacked Anonymous then tweeted: “We are the concentrated success of 2005 /b/, being ‘hunted’ by the 2011 furry horde. Challenge accepted, losers.”

Since then, both LulzSec and Anonymous have tweeted denials to being at any sort of underground war.

Two different hacker groups, two different philosophies. Have you picked a side? Check out what the Twitterverse had to say this week by clicking on the slideshow below.

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