We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency by Olson Parmy

We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency by Olson Parmy

Author:Olson, Parmy [Olson, Parmy]
Language: eng
Format: mobi, epub
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Published: 2012-06-04T16:00:00+00:00

LulzSec, as hackers, were in very new territory. Stealing data was one thing, but announcing it through Twitter so the press could report on it was odd. Topiary volunteered to the others to write a short statement to accompany the Fox and X Factor releases, which would otherwise have been just long lists of data. Everyone agreed. It was clear that Topiary’s role would always be that of mouthpiece for the group. Nobody really thought about who should man the LulzSec Twitter feed—it was just obvious that Topiary would do it. He published the statement via the application Pastebin.

“Hello, good day, and how are you?” it started. “Splendid! We’re LulzSec, a small team of lulzy individuals who feel the drabness of the cyber community is a burden on what matters: Fun.” This was a world away from the grave admonishments he’d written for Anonymous press releases, the ones that had scolded PayPal for “censoring WikiLeaks” or that had warringly told HBGary “you don’t mess with Anonymous.” If Anonymous had been the six o’clock news, LulzSec was The Daily Show, publishing similar content through a similar process, but spun primarily to entertain, not to inform or encourage. They were free agents.

On May 7, he put out the first LulzSec tweet announcing that Fox.com had been hacked. “We’re releasing the X-Factor contestants database publicly tonight,” he said, adding, “Stay tuned. Wink, wink, double wink!” A few minutes later he let it rip.

“And here you are my lovely Internet folks, the X-Factor 2011 contestant database.” Topiary added a link to a torrent file that Tflow had packaged and put up on The Pirate Bay website, as he had done months before with the HBGary e-mails. Topiary hadn’t been expecting an immediate response from Twitter users or from blogs, but the silence that followed over the next few seconds, then minutes, then hours, was deafening. Three days later Topiary published four more Pastebin pages of the Fox.com data, with another lighthearted introduction and more tweets. At this point, but only for a little while longer, hardly anyone was noticing.


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