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21 June 2011, 13:00

Hacker organisations join forces

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Two of the world's most active hacking organisations are planning to take joint aim at governments and the financial world. Having teamed up, Lulz Security (LulzSec) and Anonymous on Monday boasted on Twitter that they had taken down a UK police web site as part of "Operation Anti-Security". The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) says that it took its web site at offline to limit the impact of the denial of service attack.

Despite a history of mutual animosity, on Sunday the two groups announced their pact on Twitter. LulzSec has, as its name suggests, previously been considered to be largely "in it for the lulz" and in recent weeks has made waves with attacks on entertainment group Sony, the US Senate and the CIA. Anonymous, by contrast, has always been political by nature and came to prominence through its activities in support of Wikileaks.

"The Governments and Banking Systems won't know what hit them" tweeted Anonymous yesterday. Following the attack on SOCA, LulzSec has announced that it has other targets in its sights. In an online call to arms, LulzSec declared that its attacks are in response to what it sees as advanced governmental efforts to dominate and control the web.

"Top priority is to steal and leak any classified government information" declared Lulz Security, "Prime targets are banks and other high-ranking establishments." The group talks of a "war" against those who wish to restrict freedom: "Together we can defend ourselves so that our privacy is not overrun by profiteering gluttons."

Over the weekend, Anonymous announced its plan for the coming twelve months in a video. The plan is vague but aims to liberate mankind from "enslavement" in three phases, enabling them to achieve self-realisation by seeking out and disseminating knowledge and using suitable tools. They are advised to invest in precious metals rather than financial products and to rediscover their green fingers. The first phase, which has now been launched, involves disseminating this message as widely as possible.


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