Now, it’s no secret that I hold most Governments, or more precisely, most politicians in disdain. I find our so called leaders nothing more than squabbling, corrupt, and inefficient tools of banks, lobby groups, and corporations.
I’m not afraid to admit that in the least. I’ve worked hard all my life to rationally explain my points of view in order to foster change and encourage positive social progress, but I have to admit that although I have never given up, before Julian Assange came along, I was loosing hope.
I am not alone to think along these lines, either. It seems that everyone thinks this way, it seems that everyone knows that our so called leaders are nothing more than squabbling, corrupt, and inefficient tools of banks, lobby groups, and corporations, but everyone simply shrugs in resignation and says ‘whatcha gonna do?’
Wanna hear a joke?
Q: How can you figure out if a politician is corrupt?
A: Ask the politician if the system works. If they answer ‘yes’, they’re corrupt. Note: Not all who answer ‘yes’ are corrupt; some might simply be stupid.
Where was I? Oh yeah, I was ranting about society…
Perhaps this was naïve of me, but before Julian Assange came along, I thought that I was going to become that first bright beacon of hope for my generation because of the novel I wrote. Ironically, some on the things that Julian did are word for word, action for action, straight out of my novel (and no, I don’t know if he read it, but I’d sure love to sign a copy for him).
Then came Anonymous, and I knew that a new and unstoppable change had begun. I knew the dudes from Anonymous thought as I thought, saw what I saw, and felt as I felt; they were hackers, I am but a humble writer, but our minds, having been exposed to the same social issues, were somehow tuned to the same frequency and working on the same wavelength. I felt a bit of hope rise up.
Then LulzSec hacked Sony, and I actually went: ‘Holy cow!’ That was a righteous hack, it’s not like a hacking a blog, this is a multi-billion dollar corporation that spends countless millions on ‘security’ per year! Then they hacked Nintendo and wrote them a note that it was only for practice and that they love Nintendo (which probably did more good for Nintendo’s reputation than half their annual branding budget). Then they hacked the FBI, and I got shivers to run down my back. Sony is one thing, but the FBI? And what a hack it was!
Recently we got bored of owning FBI, so we’re just throwing it out there. You guys suck, stop reusing your damn passwords, peons! #ADVICE
LulzSec tweeted later,
To further embarrass the FBI, we’re not going to leak said users. We’re simply going to allow the press to call them and ask about it.
Don’t forget, what they did is a good thing. They helped the FBI to realize just how vulnerable they were. They shoved the truth in the FBI’s face because all other methods failed! Come on FBI, you deserved it. I’m sure the nation of taxpayers that pays your salaries expect a little more from you guys. Take your licks, and thank LulzSec for setting you straight. You’re the FBI, you should have a procedure where you change your passwords on a daily basis! Agents who don’t follow the procedure should be considered as a national threat!
Recently LulzSec and Anonymous teamed up and began project #AntiSec (Anti-Security). They, left the following note:
Salutations Lulz Lizards,
As we’re aware, the government and whitehat security terrorists across the world continue to dominate and control our Internet ocean. Sitting pretty on cargo bays full of corrupt booty, they think it’s acceptable to condition and enslave all vessels in sight. Our Lulz Lizard battle fleet is now declaring immediate and unremitting war on the freedom-snatching moderators of 2011.
Welcome to Operation Anti-Security (#AntiSec) – we encourage any vessel, large or small, to open fire on any government or agency that crosses their path. We fully endorse the flaunting of the word “AntiSec” on any government website defacement or physical graffiti art. We encourage you to spread the word of AntiSec far and wide, for it will be remembered. To increase efforts, we are now teaming up with the Anonymous collective and all affiliated battleships.
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. Together we can defend ourselves so that our privacy is not overrun by profiteering gluttons. Your hat can be white, gray or black, your skin and race are not important. If you’re aware of the corruption, expose it now, in the name of Anti-Security.
Top priority is to steal and leak any classified government information, including email spools and documentation. Prime targets are banks and other high-ranking establishments. If they try to censor our progress, we will obliterate the censor with cannonfire anointed with lizard blood.
It’s now or never. Come aboard, we’re expecting you…
History begins today.
I swear, it’s almost right out of my novel! (Well, the tone is, the message is, perhaps not the words). How cool is that?
Deep down, I’ve felt something for quite some time. Something that was eloquently expressed above: “The government and whitehat security terrorists across the world continue to dominate and control our Internet ocean.”
Do you know what that feeling was? That feeling that I was feeling for so long? It was Belonging.
People like me… like us… might live in different countries, but we’re all are citizens of the Internet. The Internet is our country, our ocean as LulzSec put it, the places where we sleep, eat, live, and work, they’re irrelevant to our identity. We see how politicians and corporations have ruined the outside world and we don’t want it to happen to our beautiful Universe.
Oh and my friends, if only you had as much access to information, if you truly knew how broken the outside world really was, how much corruption there is, how much pain, despair, and blatant incompetence, you’d try your best, just like me, just like them, to change it. The old guard might be slowing dying out, but we can’t afford to wait any longer. They might all be gone in two decades, but the damage they can cause during that time would be… ultimate. They must be stopped.
I contribute using my own personal skills. I’m a novelist, I write. I’m a musician, I make songs. I’m a Social Engineer, I, er, help make the world better? Well I try
Oh, and my friends, wait ‘till you see what I have brewing.