LulzSec recently claimed responsibility for an attack on the website of the US Senate. What drives this shadowy group of pranksters?
This weekend, a group calling itself LulzSec – short for Lulz Security – hacked into the website of the US Senate, and released some internal data, "just for kicks." Martina Bradford, the deputy Senate sergeant at arms, quickly assured the public that LulzSec had not gained access to the most sensitive portion of the site, but the hack has widely been viewed as an embarrassment for the government, and a sign of the growing boldness of Team Lulz.
So what is LulzSec? A group of Internet pranksters, more or less. Like Anonymous, another outspoken hacker organization, LulzSec has claimed responsibility for a string of high-profile breaches in the last month. Among them: the Websites of PBS and Fox – in the latter, LulzSec exposed a database of "X-Factor" contestants – and the promulgation of a rumor that the rapper Tupac Shakur was alive and well and living in New Zealand.