LulzSec vs. Anonymous: Doing hactivism wrong

Is this the best time for hactivist groups to go to war on each other?


At the same time attention-hungry hactivist group LulzSec announced it had penetrated for the second time and launched what turned out to be a successful DDOS attack on, it also called out the hactivst group Anonymous for an adolescent king-of-the-hill competition that could distract or destroy both.

Hackers are supposed to be fractious and iconoclastic. It's one of the defining characteristics that lead them into that line of not-quite-work. Complacent, don't-rock-the-boat types aren't typically into digital vigilantism and using cyberattack as social protest.

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Of course, they're also less likely to be self destructive, and to know who their real enemies are.

"Just saw a thread on [on the message board from which many Anonymous members come] where they’re trying to hunt us," LulzSec tweeted June 14. "You /b/tards realize that we are everything you’ve ever tried to be?”

"We are the concentrated success of 2005 /b/, being "hunted" by the 2011 furry horde. Challenge accepted, losers. :D"

LulzSec also called "the best thing ever" this Japanese news animation portraying the rivalry between the two as one between the old guard trolls-turned-activists vs. the new turks whose (shallow) intentions are more pure.

4channers aren't complimentary in return, even in discussing attacks like the one that brought down briefly overnight.

"We're important please, please pay attention to us! Look we took down, a useless website that nobody really needs or cares about! we're so hardcore; mirite guys? ... guys!?," taunted one 4chan poster.

"Just a bunch of skiddies [script kiddies], using other peoples tools that have a clear GUI so that they can be lolhackers," another post read. "I'll give it about a week or so before one of the people involved gets caught and they all bail."

Some 4channers [and/or members of Anonymous] probably are trying to expose LulzSec, if only to take it down a peg.

The bulk of the group – which claims to make decisions by acclaim rather than following one leader or agenda – appears not to be interested in reality-show theatrics or trash talking, at least as a primary activity.

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