Have your say - LulzSec: helpful, harmless or hideous? [VOTE NOW]

Filed Under: Botnet, Featured, Law & order, Malware, Vulnerability

Members of the LulzSec hacking gang have been sentenced in London today, telling us what the judge thinks of their activities.

But why not tell us what you think, right here, right now?

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8 Responses to Have your say - LulzSec: helpful, harmless or hideous? [VOTE NOW]

  1. Matt · 836 days ago

    An increase in home burglary in the neighborhood might cause you to take additional steps to secure your home. Does that make the burglars "helpful"?

  2. Nigel · 836 days ago

    Crime is crime, and they were just as wrong as any other thief. They also passed on information to other internet criminals. If they wanted to be helpful, they could have just contacted the companies involved and told them privately. Not steal sensitive information, not attack them and certainly not think they had the right to do it and attack anyone who opposed them! just crooks and deserve everything they get!

  3. Marc André Audet · 836 days ago

    To me, they shown that I cannot trust my personal data in any companies' hands and that it will never be secure because most companies do not care enough for security. I can't say that what they did was right, but what the companies did was mostly wrong (especially Sony that had fired their security team some time before the Sony hack).

    Companies need to take security more seriously, if people like LulzSec can take these information and release them to the public, I just can't imagine what "real" hackers have in their hands since they are not sharing anything or claim any hacks. I'm pretty sure that many companies are being hacked that way and that they aren't even noticing it.

    LulzSec forced them to react.

    I can't say that I fully support the hacks, but I won't support any companies that take security as "costing too much to care about".

  4. JimC · 836 days ago

    Helpful. They forced us to confront our security problems, with a whiff of humour. I approve.....
    And if this were other crimes such as rape, its OK were learning a lesson about security.....NOT. crime is crime no free bites or rides.

  5. They are all 3. But if anyone thinks we're safer with them in jail, you're begging to be hacked - by someone with a genuinely malicious agenda. That's what Lulzsec proved, if nothing else.

  6. They are all three. But if anyone thinks they're safer with them in jail, you've missed the point - lulzsec's point - completely. If a few kids with teenage-malice can do it, so can someone with a genuine agenda.

  7. Sam · 835 days ago

    I think that the sentences are inadequate. Judges need training in their understanding of how serious a crime this and others in this field really are. Perhaps Sophos should be offering some training to the judiciary to broaden their awareness of the realities of digital crimes.

  8. Carson · 835 days ago

    As I already pointed out yesterday in a comment below a different article, I do not think those people are the hackers we should be afraid of. Those were (s)kids, indebatably tech-savvy, but not very experienced and using mostly known, old and obsolete(at least, they should be; blame the administrators) attack vectors.
    So they were neither helpful(as they did not provide anything but a sociogramme of the script kiddie of today: boastful and somewhat arrogant) nor incredibly hideous if not for their ignorance. But I must say they were not harmless either, as their criminal energy let them do things that let them seem more outstanding and dangerous than they are.

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Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog at https://grahamcluley.com, and is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley