“Lulz” as in lols or laughter, “Sec” as in security, LulzSec was formed in a private online chatroom of the hacking collective “Anonymous”. They formed in 2011 targeting Fox.com. It all began APPARENTLY after fox.com had described a rapper called Common as “vile” on-air.
Together the hacker group:
-leaked the profiles and names of 73,000 X Factor US contestants
-hit multiple targets of varying fame: US broadcaster PBS, where they planted a fake story saying the dead rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls were in fact alive and living in New Zealand
-hacked into games companies including Nintendo (though without success) and Bethesda Studios
However, interestingly in an article I found from 2014, it appears the former “leader” of hacking group LulzSec actually helped the FBI stop more than 300 cyber attacks since his arrest on hacking charges in 2011.
Hacktivism or a Hacktivist, is someone who uses hacking to bring about political and social change. The term “hacktivist” traces back to 1994, originating from the hacker group “Cult of the Dead Cow.” Hacktivism started as a way for people to protest online to affect change.
Although LulzSec may have been in some way a protest, I can’t help but look at their logo as Monopoly and Pringles weird brother, hence my who wore it better meme this week.