Hacktivism: Anonymous, LulzSec and other hacking groups

Wikipedia Definition & Overview – Hacktivism
Hacktivism (a portmanteau of hack and activism) is the use of computers and computer networks as a means of protest to promote political ends.

Wikipedia Overview – LulzSec
Lulz Security, commonly abbreviated as LulzSec, is a computer hacker group that claimed responsibility for several high profile attacks, including the compromise of user accounts from Sony Pictures in 2011. The group also claimed responsibility for taking the CIA website offline.


50 Days of Mayhem: How LulzSec Changed Hacktivism Forever
LulzSec didn’t invent hacktivism, let alone hacking. But the small crew of publicity-hungry digital pirates may have ushered in a new era for both as they merrily sailed the cyber-seas for 50 days of mayhem that became perhaps the biggest tech story of the first half of 2011.

A History of Hacktivism [INFOGRAPHIC]
Hacktivism has hit its tipping point. The year 2011 had the most hacktivism-related crimes in history.

‘Anonymous could be criminals hiding in plain sight’ – security expert
Phil Kernick, Chief Technology Officer of CQR Consulting, told news.com.au that cyber criminals and hostile governments could be using the publicly acceptable alias of the hacktivist group to trick people into handing over their data.

Anonymous Hacker Receives Maximum Prison Sentence
A member of the online hacking group Anonymous received the maximum sentence from a judge in U.S. federal court.

Anonymous targets police brutality in AnaheimAlso see video
In solidarity with victims of recent alleged police brutality in Anaheim, California, international hacktivist collective Anonymous is targeting Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and the Anaheim Police Department in an action dubbed “Operation Anaheim.”

Hacktivism – Huffington Post
Recent news and posts related to hacktivism.

Hacktivism: A Short History
This post describes how self-absorbed computer nerds became a powerful force for freedom.

Hacktivism – Democracy Now!
Stories, posts and pages that relate to Hacktivism.

Hacktivism: How to Respond
Is your organization at risk of a hacktivist attack? If so, are you prepared to respond?

Hacktivists in the frontline battle for the internet
Amid the power struggle between hacktivism and officialdom, Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow explains why he is working on a system to fund online activists hit by corporate blockades.

How to Speak ‘Hacker’
Next week is Black Hat — perhaps the world’s most significant and influential annual hacking conference. It’s an event that draws in the best and brightest (and sometimes, the borderline legal) hackers from around the world to show off the latest threats to our phones, laptops, PCs, Macs, tablets — and literally anything else with a digital heartbeat.

LulzSec Facebook Page

LulzSec Twitter Page

Old-time hacktivists: Anonymous, you’ve crossed the line
Despite shared concerns, pioneers in the movement say the methods of a newer generation abridge free speech and hurt the cause.

Video and article: Hacktivist attacks grow as governments get in on the action
Denial-of-service attacks are surging all across the Internet.

Wikiliance: Anonymous and WikiLeaks collaborated on Syria Files
Anonymous and other hacktivists say they were the group that provided WikiLeaks with the more than two million e-mails released as part of the Syria files. This is not the first time that Anonymous and WikiLeaks have cooperated.