LulzSec is gaining fame for hacking into the website’s of Fox, Sony, PBS, and it seems AT&T, by reading their Twitter tweets. Of course, the actions of the group of what Parmy Olson at Forbes.com says are four people (I think more) are lost on the mainstream media.
While the LutzSec folks say they’re out to just have fun, their real intent in much greater, and necessary.
It was that observation I arrived at after reading a vast number of Twitter tweets, articles, and blog posts about LulzSec, then writing my own take that appears on Zennie62.com and on SFGate.com. After seeing it on Twitter (because I shared it with them), the group issued this tweet:
LulzSec The Lulz Boat
A fine article: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/abraham/detail?entry_id=89990 @Zennie62
13 hours ago
Now at this point you might get the idea I’m egging LulzSec on. No, I’m not. They’re going to do what they do regardless of my take. But, as a person who has intense disagreement with the way much of the media operates online, and an overall lack of understanding or interest in the Internet, I see this as a much-needed cleansing.
What should come from these efforts are better and more secure website systems, and a lesser degree of corporate arrogance when matters of Internet operations are considered. What should also happen is the media should devote more time and effort to understanding and explaining what groups like LutzSec do.
Any one who thinks it’s just for fun only sees what LutzSec wants them to see. The truth is, they do it because the website systems of many large companies allow them to do so. That goes for many news organizations.
If you think PBS was just playing around, don’t think so. Every news website should look at what LulzSec has done and make sure their systems are secure so it doesn’t happen to them. To think the unthinkable, imagine if the group had simultaneously hacked into three major news websites and posted the same Tupac story? Given the connections to Google News and other news aggregators, the damage to the media system would have been tremendous.
Yet, for now, this is possible.
It’s possible, in part, because Google itself has subordinated blogs in favor of news websites, thus opening the public to such an effective attack. It’s possible because a number of news websites are arguably not as secure as they could be.
This is a real problem.
I’m not supporting what LulzSec is doing, I’m only explaining it’s true implications. This idea of the hackers just having “fun” is only pablum, and the media’s eating it up.