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LulzSec: How A Handful Of Hackers Brought The US Government To Its Knees (A Hyperink Book) [Kindle Edition]

Kyle Schurman
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LulzSec is a group of Web hackers who made themselves famous for their barrage of attacks and their sarcastic taunting of victims during the summer of 2011. Members of LulzSec, short for Lulz Security, committed many well-publicized online attacks in the span of several weeks.

The successful attacks included publicizing hundreds of thousands of passwords and user names from customers of supposedly secure Web sites. LulzSec’s history is a short, busy one. The group’s first known attack occurred in May 2011. By July 2011, 50 days after its first publicized hack, Lulz Security released a statement saying it would be disbanding.

In between, LulzSec was in the news almost daily. LulzSec: 50 Days of Lulz is a book that offers an eye-opening account of the headline-grabbing hacker group. In this eBook, you'll learn what motivated LulzSec, what methods they used, and how their attacks affected the world.

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Determining what motivated LulzSec to unleash its series of hacks in the summer of 2011 was a difficult process. Debate still continues on just how serious LulzSec’s attacks were.

Part of the group’s name is a play on an Internet acronym. The term Lulz is a phonetic spelling of the Internet term LOLs, which is short for laughing out loud. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LOL)

Multiple posts stating LOL might be made on an Internet message board or on Facebook. Most of the time, LOLs are used when an Internet prank is particularly successful. Because many of the LulzSec attacks had a humorous or prank-like slant, they might have generated many LOLs from the group’s members and fans, hence the name.

The term Sec is short for security. Computing, network, and Internet security personnel often shorten security to sec in everyday conversations. However, the group does not always use sec.

When you combine the two terms, you end up with LulzSec. The term could be read as laughing out loud at security. The group created a motto – Laughing at your security since 2011! – that continues this theme.

By including the idea of laughing at victims in its name, some people labeled Lulz Security’s members as pranksters. The group, at times, did not appear to be serious hackers bent on causing destruction and significant financial losses. Security personnel pointed at the group’s unsophisticated methods of attack as another sign that its members were little more than pranksters posing as serious hackers.

The group’s behavior at times seemed to strengthen this argument. Lulz Security has never listed one specific motivation for the attacks. In its various statements, LulzSec used humor, political statements, revenge against other hackers, calling attention to lax security, and support for WikiLeaks director Julian Assange as explanations for its motivation behind its attacks.

Lulz Security usually claimed credits for its attacks using Twitter, which isn’t the most serious form of communication. Using Twitter added to the general feeling that the group was pulling pranks.

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About the Author

Kyle has been a published writer, focusing on technology, since the mid-1990s. He has written for a variety of consumer magazines and Web sites throughout his career. As digital cameras began appearing in the consumer marketplace, Kyle began writing about the various technologies and components that go into the cameras. He soon began writing digital camera reviews and buying guides for magazines and web sites. Watching the maturation of the digital camera marketplace over the past decade and a half has been an interesting journey.

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  • File Size: 152 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hyperink LulzSec Hackers Book (October 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005TLYRFY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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1.0 out of 5 stars Useless and Almost Illegible January 19, 2013
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Poor analysis and almost every guess the author made was later proven wrong. The quality of printing of this print on demand booklet was terrible and largely illegible. I cannot remember how much it cost but I hope it was cheap. Perhaps the worse book on Anon and its offspring. No one should waste their money on this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and informative. January 16, 2012
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A very good read. One of the best books on the subject of hacking for those interested in the subject. Not a "how to" manual. Well written.Highly recommended..
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring September 6, 2012
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Got this as a free ebook and couldn't even finish it. Not what I thought it would be. Read like a wiki. Glad I didn't pay for it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and informative January 9, 2013
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It was a good, quick read. I only wish that I had read it sooner, closer to one of the times the hacks were actually happening
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