The world’s first hacker probably came out of the academic fraternity – in particular from M.I.T. – sometime in the 1960’s. A hacker sees himself as “a person who delights in having an intimate understanding of the internal workings of a system, computers and computer networks in particular.”
There are essentially two kinds of hackers: white-hat hackers who use their skills and knowledge to learn how systems and networks work and discover and fix security holes; and the black-hat hackers who use the same knowledge to create trojans and virus that intend to harm the systems they infiltrate.
Earlier today, Lulz Security or LulzSec, a hacker group that famously hacked into Sony and Nintendo, Fox and PBS, the CIA and the US Senate, announced that they were disbanding. In their farewell Twitter announcement they claim that their ” planned 50 day cruise has expired, and we must now sail into the distance …” with the hope that they had a “microscopic impact” on someone, somewhere.
Lulz is a corruption of LOL (Laugh out loud, for the uninitiated) and as their name suggests the group hacked just for laughs. The identity of the six that called themselves LulzSec may not remain anonymous if what a group that calls themselves the “A-Team” say is true. They claim that they know the names, locations and aliases of the LulzSec and despite the high profile success of their 50-day mayhem, the A-Team calls them the “dregs of the Internet“.
“To understand who/what lulzsec/gn0sis are/is you need to understand where they came from. Everything originates from the *chan (4chan/711chan/etc.) culture. This internet subculture is pretty much the dregs of the internet. It’s a culture built around the anonymity of the internet. If your anonymous no one can find you. No one can hurt you, so your invincable. The problem with this idealogy, is it’s on the internet. The internet by definition is not anonymous. Computers have to have attribution. If you trace something back far enough you can find its origins.”
To see the full transcript of the A-Team’s scathing revelation, go to http://pastebin.com/iVujX4TR
It remains to be seen if the A-Team manages to sink LulzSec’s boat or if they really do sail away into the distance. But for Nintendo, Sony and all the networks the group hacked into, the last 50 days have been far from funny. For them it’s an unanimous goodbye and good riddance!