Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Jun 2011 18:49 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption Oh boy, what do we make of this? We haven't paid that much attention to the whole thing as of yet, but with a recent public statement on why they do what they do, I think it's about time to address this thing. Yes, Lulz Security, the hacking group (or whatever they are) that's been causing quite a bit of amok on the web lately.
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RE[3]: Bah - mitnick
by jabbotts on Sat 18th Jun 2011 16:57 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Bah"
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How much do you know about the Mitnick case? It had a lot more to do with excessive force of law and inflated charges than justice or what Mr Mitnick actually did wrong. Not to say he was innocient but he was not nearly as guilty as made out to be. I mean, "could whistle into a phone and cause nuclear missile launches".. and the court believed this claim. "caused millions of dollars in damages".. never did show any evidence of that one.

The crimes he did commit appear to be for personal knowledge rather than for publicity and disregard of any third parties hurt in the process.

By contrast, lulzsec is showing blatant disregard for innocent third parties harmed in the process. They are indeed seeking publicity. They could expose passwords without usernames. They could expose partial names and partial passwords. They could expose vulnerability details without the trophy necklace of ears. They could even demonstrate responsible disclosure to the organization first as they have apparently done in a few of the cases (US dept of health?).

Since Mr Mitnicks release, there is no evidence of illegal activity. Indeed, he started his own consulting company and helps organizations improve there information security. He's even abstained from perfectly legal events to stay on the right side of the law.

What Mr Mitnick did and has done since is very different from what Lulzsec is doing currently.

If your open to hearing what actually happened:

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