LulzSec has launched a new hacking campaign dubbed Operation Anti-Security and calls on everyone, supporters and enemies alike, to attack websites belonging to any government agency or government-friendly organization.
Judging by the manifesto posted online by the hacking outfit, it seems that this effort is in retaliation for the government's attempts to control the Internet.
"The government and whitehat security terrorists across the world continue to dominate and control our Internet ocean. [...]
"Our Lulz Lizard battle fleet is now declaring immediate and unremitting war on the freedom-snatching moderators of 2011," the group announces.
The hackers say that any online asset belonging to any government is fair game, but notes that banks and other high-ranking organizations are prime targets.
Any type of attack is welcomed, such as distributed denial-of-service, web defacements and the leaking of classified information. In fact, the latter is described as a top priority.
Furthermore, LulzSec is addressing the request to its supporters and enemies alike. "Whether you're sailing with us or against us, whether you hold past grudges or a burning desire to sink our lone ship, we invite you to join the rebellion," the group writes.
In only a few weeks since its first appearance online, LulzSec has attracted a strong following. It has almost 220,000 followers on Twitter alone and many of them have demonstrated that they have no problem with abusing other people's compromised accounts for fun.
However, hacking into government systems is serious business, and LulzSec might be steering easy-to-influence rebellious teenagers into a lot of trouble. As they already announced, the group's members don't care about getting caught, but others shouldn't follow them down the same path without fully realizing what they're getting into.
In preparation for Operation Anti-Security, LulzSec already hacked into infragard-ct.org, the website of the InfraGard Connecticut chapter. The group claims to have gained access to the accounts of over 1,000 members who are affiliated with the FBI.