Just like reality the internet is fun and dangerous and most wouldn’t have it any other way, especially LulzSec. Put together the words ‘lol’ and ‘security’ and what you are left with is ‘LulzSec’ a small decentralised node/group/collective of hackers who used their expertise to hack and attack hundreds of media groups, companies and corporations.
Hacking has become something more than a group of bored teenagers (although most still are) trying to change their grades, it has become a multi-billion dollar activity. The word ‘Cybercrime’ now dominates the popular discourse.
The natural evolution of this is ‘Cyber warfare’ which is probably occurring at this very moment. As Wired suggests the “Most Menacing Malware in History” was Stuxnet. A digital worm which had real world consequences and damages causing the Iranian government to repeatedly replace equipment in their uranium enrichment plant.
Whilst no individual was injured in this attack, it paves the way for more digital attacks to be created which will. Just take a look at the movie Live Free or Die Hard where “John McClane and a young hacker join forces to take down master cyber-terrorist Thomas Gabriel in Washington D.C.” The hacking in this movie whilst filled with inaccuracies does foreshadow the world in which cyber war and hacking can become a deadly force.
We can only hope that digital security progresses as fast as the rest of the digital world.