LulzSec and Anonymous, which spent a week making believe they hated each other so people would pay attention, are BFFs again.
Not only did they make up over the weekend, they agreed they're the "white hat hackers" (Lulz used the phrase), and agreed to join forces for an all-for-(no)one, two-for-(no)one project called Operation Anti-Security that apparently consists of encouraging other people to Be Hackers, Too.
"We encourage any vessel, large or small, to open fire on any government or agency that crosses their path," according to a statement from LulzSec, which is way more impressed than anyone else in the tiny joke it used to name its Twitter feed the LulzBoat.
"We fully endorse the flaunting of the word "AntiSec" on any government website defacement or physical graffiti art. We encourage you to spread the word of AntiSec far and wide, for it will be remembered. To increase efforts, we are now teaming up with the Anonymous collective and all affiliated battleships."
The Lulz crew isn't so sure, at least about denizens of the /b/ boards at 4Chan, the main site associated with Anonymous.
"To confirm, we aren't going after Anonymous. 4chan isn't Anonymous to begin with, and /b/ is certainly not the whole of 4chan. True story."
Anonymous still has the Spanish police on the run, after taking down its sites in retaliation for the arrest of alleged Anonymi.
Just today Lulz sez it brought down the Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA), the self-parodious but apparently legitimate name of an agency created as a British version of the FBI by former Prime Minister Tony Blair, who apparently forgot Scotland Yard and MI5 overlap to cover the same role as the FBI, but with far greater police powers and a much longer history.
Tango was down about noon eastern time, according to word from the LulzBoat, but was up and running later in the afternoon.
The rhetoric is a little silly
Lulz tries to motivate followers with a combination of sometimes-silly rhetoric ("Put down your popcorn and grab your battleaxe. You can assist as well: http://t.co/2WuLmMQ Don't be a potato, be a lizard.") and provocation
"@FBIPressOffice: Also, we pissed in your Cheerios."
"@TechnoGamerBG We have a job: it's making fun of your ridiculous haircut."
Lulz is attracting global attention, however, and supporters:
(Though there are rumors the CyberArmyofIran is actually Scottish-born lesbian
Not everyone is a fan:
-- simAlity Opinionated Follower
All the attention has turned the Lulz into connoisseurs of media, though its review of a Gizmodo piece was monosyllabic and a little defensive. ("Article good, comments bad.")
The volatility and pretensions support security guru Bruce Schneier's guess that LulzSec is a traditional bunch of smart high school losers who might grow up into skilled IT security people if they don't end up in jail first.
However attention-whoring, reality-bending and sophomoric LulzSec's constant stream of updates becomes, at least its judgment on one thing seems sound:
"Ed Edd 'n' Eddy, Dexter's Lab and Courage the Cowardly Dog. Clearly the best cartoons ever."
That's probably not enough evidence of good moral intent to keep the FBI and SOCA from fighting to see who gets to "interrogate" the first Lul who is brought into captivity.
If it weren't for the idiotic, abusive, criminal exposure of private financial data, like the 62,000 ordinary people LulzSec outed Friday for no reason other than it could, a lot more people might be on the Lulz' side.
I can't forget that part, though, which turns the Lulz guys in my mind from hacker wannabe political action figures into just regular punks.