Dial 'h' for 'hacker': LulzSec is the future of the Net

Digital delinquents like LulzSec are running amok on the InterWebs, with no end in sight -- better get used to it

Sony's PlayStation Network, the Spanish police, the U.S. Senate, massively multiplayer online game environments, porn sites -- is there anything LulzSec won't try to hack? We may soon find out.

On Titanic Takeover Tuesday, the digital miscreants known only as Lulz Security (aka LulzSec, aka the Lulz Boat) took down the EVE Online gaming network, a gaming magazine, and a security company. This followed DDoS attacks that took the main website for the Spanish police offline, as well as multiple attacks on the U.S. Senate Web servers and Bethesda Softworks. Before that: Sony, PBS, and some FBI-affiliated security companies.

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Now LulzSec is offering up its services to the general public. Want somebody hacked? Just leave your request on the dial-in line: 614-LULZSEC. Operators are not standing by.

This may well be just another joke, but the number at least is real. Dial 614-585-9732, and you will hear one of two heavily (fake) accented, electronically distorted outgoing messages. Like this one:

Bonjour! You have reached the voice mail box of Pierre Du Bois and Francois De Lux. We are not available right now as we are busy raping your Internets. Leave a message and we will get back to you whenever we feel like it.

The Lulzers claimed to have received 5,000 calls and 2,500 voice mail messages yesterday, which means they may be busy for some time to come.

At least they're having fun, though I can't imagine the fun will last for very long, given how many serious people they've pissed off. But LulzSec, or people just like them, are the future of Net hacking. And it's going to get really nasty out there before it gets any better -- if it gets better.

My guess (and this is not exactly rocket science) is that LulzSec is a splinter group of Anonymous. Last March, a group calling itself Backtrace Security broke off from Anonymous, complaining that the Anons had gotten too serious and political, away from their anarchic roots. In an interview with Forbes blogger Andy Greenberg, Backtrace said it wanted to get back to “making fun of stupid people on the Internet. Laughing at natural disasters ... not trying to overthrow governments."

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