A Very Unfunny Reminiscence On LulzSec

Posted by: Rea Maor In: Misc - Sunday, July 31st, 2011

For a little while there, a cyber-mischief group by the handle of “LulzSec” rose like a fungal infection on the world news media and died out like a fungal infection after a hit of Monostat-7. Don’t believe for a minute that they’re disbanding – their website is still up, their Twitter feed is still active, and despite a flurry of witch-hunting in Great Britain and the US, the group is still very much at large. “Disbanded” is just what they want you to think!

By the way, in case you’re wondering where the group might be rooted, here’s a possible clue. Take the LulzSec logo:

LulzSec logo

…and here’s the Reddit Gold Member Lounge from reddit.com, a special section which you can’t access without being a paying gold account member:

Reddit Gold lounge screenshot

…hmmmm, a common theme? LulzSec incidents certainly got a lot of ink on Reddit while they were active. Oh, and both LulzSec and Reddit have a huge crush on Wikileaks. Just sayin’.

Anywho, LulzSec is just one more in a long string of Internet “hacktivists”, really teenage boys with too much time on their hands (like what teenage boy doesn’t?) running very obvious exploits on very clumsily-managed websites. In the end, nothing was changed, nobody paid any attention to the causes they were trying to raise awareness for, and the damages they did are easily repaired.

What a waste of time. While “hacktivist” groups do do some good in keeping the world’s security on its toes, for the large part, they do more harm to the causes they claim to support. So once again, the concept of a “hacker” is sullied and the serious efforts to forward political causes are set back by association with a bunch of jack-offs mooning the news camera for the attention.

In the end, not a damn bit funny.

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