The hacktivists are striking back. After Hector Xavier Monsegur — better known as "Sabu," the leader of LulzSec — was outed as an FBI informant after last year's string of Web terror, Anonymous is now taking back control of the group, declaring its return on April 1.
After getting arrested by the FBI last June, Hector Xavier Monsegur aka "Sabu" — leader of the Louise Boat hacker group LulzSec that rained terror on the CIA, Fox and Sony has apparently been forced into helping the agency catch his ex-fellow hackers and Anonymous members.
It was only a matter of time before the FBI tracked LulzSec members down for wreaking havoc on the Internet over this past spring. With three new alleged critical arrests, it's almost safe to say the FBI got the last "lulz."
The LulzSec hackers claim they're a team of six. If the arrest of a 19-year-old suspect who goes by "Topiary" on Twitter is considered a win for the U.K.'s Metropolitan police's e-crime unit, then the hacking group is now down to five members.
Just when you thought the hacker group Lulzsec had gone into retirement, it appears that the low hanging fruit of NewsCorp's recent phone hacking scandal was simply too juicy to resist.
The music, movie, and newspaper industries have all stumbled under the weight of digital democratization, but in due time every institution we hold dear will be minced into unrecognizable puddles of archaic nostalgia goo. It's just a matter of when, not if. To that end, the global hive mind seems to already have its sights set on its next victim: filthy filthy lucre. In the not too distant future, one online enterprise aims to transform the entrenched concept of a "bank" into adorable grandpa babble. Two-year old virtual currency service BitCoin gives individuals the ability to remain anonymous with their financial transactions, thus sidestepping centralized authority (and regulation) altogether and upping the anarchic ante considerably. Following increased notoriety, the system is beginning to show some structural faults such as when hackers recently attacked a popular venue for exchanging bitcoins, thus plummeting their value dramatically (see more inside). However, if BitCoin is able to shake off its growing pains, this experiment in people power will either completely free humanity from its self-constructed shackles or entirely obliterate civilization as we know it. Either way, this is what's happening. Get ready for an exciting ride!
Well this is an interesting turn of events, isn't it? After terrorizing the Internet for 50 days, the hacker group known as LulzSec abruptly decided to call it quits, but not before dropping a huge booty of files that include hints AT&T is testing 4G LTE iPads and iPhones.
Did the hacker known as "Th3 J35t3r" or "The Jester" (for those who don't speak 1337) just get the last "lulz?" Reports are flooding in that Th3 J35t3r has revealed the leader of LulzSec to be a 30-year-old IT consultant from New York.
It appears reports of Lulzsec's early demise may have been greatly exaggerated. Mere hours ago, it was believed that Scotland Yard's arrest of a 19-year-old in England might be the end to all the cyberhacks, but Anonymous says that Lulzsec is fine.
Try going to the CIA's website today? Probably not. As of a handful of minutes ago, you wouldn't have been able to, either. It's been down for hours.