Interview with a LulzSec Hacker
By Joseph D. Lienjdlien. Monday, July 4, 2011 10:25:01 PM
An exclusive interview with a key hacker behind the notorious LulzSec group who have infiltrated the systems of Sony, the CIA, and others reveals interesting things about the motivations behind their actions.
Hacking groups are essentially a dime a dozen these days as most server admins know. However, few have managed to get the intensity of media coverage and public recognition that LulzSec have managed to achieve recently. For 50 days, the group went on a cracking spree, breaking into systems of Sony companies repeatedly, taking down a CIA website, and leaking information from (among others) the Arizona Department of Public Safety, who later referred to LulzSec as a "cyber-terrorism group".
Many have thought that the group may have sincere political motivations for their actions, while others have criticized the group for recklessly releasing ordinary peoples' personal information and credit card information to the public. Love them or hate them, it was never all too clear just what inspired these hackers to do their nefarious deeds... until now.
Samantha Murphy of New Scientist had an insightful conversation with Sabu from LulzSec, in which he reveals that he is primarily motivated by "exposing abuse and corruption".
In the interview he details that he has been involved in "hacktivism" for the last 11 years, and that he believes that it can be a powerful tool for affecting positive change.
Although the group has exposed many peoples' personal data to the public, Sabu seems to feel that this is justifiable because it makes companies and users aware of security problems before someone who has much more sinister intentions can get this data and use it maliciously without anyone ever finding out.
Although we recommend you keep your digital activism confined to the legal variety and otherwise refrain from breaking into systems that you do not own, the interview is a fascinating read. Check it out at the source.