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Even though hacker group LulzSec supposedly disbanded on Saturday, its members may simply be joining the Anonymous hacking collective to give it more protection. According to tweets from Anonymous, LulzSec members haven’t gone on hiatus but did drop the LulzSec name.
“We like to clarify again: All LulzSec members are accounted for, nobody is hiding. Only a name was abandoned for the greater glory #AntiSec,” said @AnonymousIRC.
LulzSec has dominated the news for the past several weeks with hacks targeting the U.S. Sentate, CIA, Brazilian government sites, and games like Minecraft and EVE Online. As LulzSec went dark, it made one final information dump on 750,000 AT&T user accounts and thousands of users playing EA’s Battlefield Heroes.
Anonymous, on the other hand, has been around longer than LulzSec and has many members around the world, so it may be easier for LulzSec members to maintain anonymity as part of that group. On Monday, Anonymous released some documents that FEMA uses to educate smaller governments about hacking and counter-hacking and made an attack on the Tunisian government’s website, signaling that it will pick up where LulzSec left off.
We thought LulzSec could be laying low because its recent release of confidential information from Arizona police computers attracted more attention than most of its hacks. But it appears LulzSec will still continue to cause online chaos, now under the guise of Anonymous.