Lulz Security and Anonymous "hacktivists" have responded to the arrests of 16 alleged hackers
earlier this week by the F.B.I.
The groups responded to following statement made by Steven Chabinsky, deputy assistant FBI director, in an interview with NPR.
"We want to send a message that chaos on the Internet is unacceptable," said Steven Chabinsky. "[Even if] hackers can be believed to have social causes, it's entirely unacceptable to break into websites and commit unlawful acts."
The groups found Mr. Chabinsky's words "amusing" and relesed the following statement:
"Now let us be clear here, Mr. Chabinsky, while we understand that you and your colleagues may find breaking into websites unacceptable, let us tell you what WE find unacceptable:
- Governments lying to their citizens and inducing fear and terror to keep them in control by dismantling their freedom piece by piece.
- Corporations aiding and conspiring with said governments while taking advantage at the same time by collecting billions of funds for federal contracts we all know they can't fulfil.
- Lobby conglomerates who only follow their agenda to push the profits higher, while at the same time being deeply involved in governments around the world with the only goal to infiltrate and corrupt them enough so the status quo will never change.
These governments and corporations are our enemy. And we will continue to fight them, with all methods we have at our disposal, and that certainly includes breaking into their websites and exposing their lies.
We are not scared any more. Your threats to arrest us are meaningless to us as you cannot arrest an idea. It is our
mission to help these people and there is nothing - absolutely nothing - you can possibly to do make us stop...
.. We're back - and we're not going anywhere. Expect us," the groups added."
The response came after FBI agents arrested more than a dozen people in nine states and the District of Columbia on charges they participated in cyber attacks on corporate and government websites.
On Thursday, the Anonymous claimed to have breached NATO security and accessed hoards of restricted material. The group
posted a PDF file on its Twitter page showing what appeared to be a document headed "NATO Restricted" and dated Aug. 27, 2007.