LulzSec, the shadowy, mischievous hackers that launched a high-profile attack against PBS.org over Memorial Day weekend (Current, June 13), posted a statement Friday (June 17) explaining their motives and claiming they have access to far more secret information than they've revealed.
"Do you think every hacker announces everything they've hacked?," the statement says. "We certainly haven't, and we're damn sure others are playing the silent game. Do you feel safe with your Facebook accounts, your Google Mail accounts, your Skype accounts? What makes you think a hacker isn't silently sitting inside all of these right now, sniping out individual people, or perhaps selling them off? You are a peon to these people. A toy. A string of characters with a value."
" ... Welcome to 2011. This is the lulz lizard era, where we do things just because we find it entertaining. ... That's what appeals to our Internet generation. We're attracted to fast-changing scenarios, we can't stand repetitiveness, and we want our shot of entertainment or we just go and browse something else, like an unimpressed zombie. Nyan-nyan-nyan-nyan-nyan-nyan-nyan-nyan, anyway."
Since hitting PBS pages for NewsHour and Frontline, LulzSec hackers have claimed responsibility for breaking into sites for the U.S. Senate and the CIA, among other entities.