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Anonymous and LulzSec’s Existence Scares ISP into Halting Web Censorship

Anonymous and LulzSec’s Existence Scares ISP into Halting Web Censorship

LulzSec has certainly had an effect on many around the world. Love them or hate them, it’s next to impossible to deny that they have caught the attention of many. That includes Australian ISP Telstra. According to reports surfacing, they planned on rolling out their web censorship plan, but are now hesitant on implementing their web censorship plan fearing reprisals from hacking groups such as LulzSec.

Australia’s web censorship plans have been around for years now. In 2008, the plan to censor the internet caused many to hit the streets to protest it. Opponents suggested that the web censorship laws were “stricter than Iran” while proponents went so far as to say that 4Chan was reason enough to censor the internet. At one point, it was revealed that even P2P traffic would be included into the net filters. Regardless, the plan to implement the Australian web filters were were going to begin.

For those hoping to stop web censorship at the ISP level, they may have gotten an inadvertant ally – LulzSec and Anonymous. The report came from The Australian which has this intriguing bit of information:

It is understood Telstra was last night still grappling with the decision as to whether to commit to the voluntary filter because of fears of reprisals from the internet vigilantes behind a spate of recent cyber attacks.

It is understood the unstructured collective of hackers that identifies itself as Lulz Security, which has an agenda to wreak havoc on corporate and government cyber assets, claiming this is to expose security flaws, is one of Telstra main concerns.

LulzSec has claimed responsibility for attacks on the US Central Intelligence Agency, the US PBS and most recently it released a swath of Arizona law-enforcement documents.

The other main concern is a group that identifies itself as Anonymous, another unstructured hacker collective that claims to be opposed to any form of internet censorship, and has carried out attacks on Australian government websites because of Canberra’s support for an internet filter

Patrick Gray, host of information security podcast Risky Business said the carriers’ fears were well-founded.

The fears might be well-founded considering, just two days ago, LulzSec and Anonymous together were able to break in to and post sensitive documents about the Arizona police force in retaliation of “SB1070 and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona.”

What will be interesting to see is how many other controversial things might be stalled as a result of this activity taking place.

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Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson is perhaps one of the more well-known file-sharing and technology news writers around. A journalist in the field since 2005, his work has had semi-regular appearances on social news websites and even occasional appearances on major news outlets as well. Drew founded freezenet.ca and still contributes to ZeroPaid. Twitter | Google Plus
V For Vendetta
V For Vendetta

"Failanon" (July 3, 2011 at 1:25 am) is such a failed Obvious Troll, it makes me laugh.

LulzSec FTW
LulzSec FTW

This is the most beautiful day of my life. -cries

General Disarray
General Disarray

Butterz... there is no time like the present. I understand you have d0x for Professor Chaos.

Admiral Obvious
Admiral Obvious

The flagship (SS LulzBoat) has sailed into uncharted waters for the moment, however there are other vessels in the fleet: we are over 9000. The next stage of #AntiSec is to #DDoS, as Trident is to grapeshot. If government and its assorted hangers-on try to raep our internets, we will wax wonderly wroth.

Commander Lulz
Commander Lulz

Lulz Lulz Lulz, I’ve got some apples. Lulz Lulz Lulz, you’ve got some too. Lulz, Lulz, Lulz, let’s make some apple sauce, Take off our clothes and Lulz Lulz Lulz.

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You better believe Anonymous will fight any such nonsense - and there are a *lot* of us.

TY
TY

good stuff lulz

Butterz
Butterz

Lulz Lulz Lulz, I've got some apples. Lulz Lulz Lulz, you've got some too. Lulz, Lulz, Lulz, let's make some apple sauce, Take off our clothes and Lulz Lulz Lulz.

Failanon
Failanon

Lawl Anonyfail. Skids using google search and scripts they got off the net. Commander Lulz. AKA Butterz Go thru puberty. 14 yr old Skids arent worthy of net access.. Admiral Obvious There arent 9000 of you. Irc tells us this. 26 base members and some 15 yr pimply faced antisocial failed kids that cant get dates dont make 9000. you math are as horrid as your actual hacking skills. Go copy and paste more shit into Google search and find another weak site to pummel.. Soon most of you will be in jail... Some possibly in gitmo for being terrorists. The kiddies will grow up and stop being childish. and within a month you and ur skids will be forgotten. Sorry for writing a Reality check.. But feel free to cash it anyway.



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