LulzSec Disbands – But Is Your Data Still Vulnerable?

Lulz Security, better known as LulzSec, has finally disbanded, and governments can breath a sigh of relief – but for how long? Their acts of Internet terrorism lasted 50 days, starting from May 2011 upto midnight of June 26 2011, now aptly recorded in a “50 days of Lulz” statement. In its wake is massive carnage beginning at and including other high profile websites for large corporations including Sony Pictures’ user accounts, America’s PBS, the formidable CIA, and the Brazilian government among others well known. For only six members this is indeed a vast sweep.

The core reason why Lulz does this is not well known, since it looks neither political nor financial. Many claim that these are random attacks with the main aim of extracting humor by creating chaos. Recently, however, signs of political leanings have been seen in their opposition to government censorship and internet monitoring

Reusing names and passwords is the main weakness of most cyber users and this creates the entry point for hackers to penetrate their accounts. Cyber security specialists recommend using complicated and varied passwords. They suggest changing passwords regularly (at least once a month), and keeping a record of them away from a computer, i.e. on a piece of paper. A complicated password includes capital and small letters, numbers and special characters, according to specialists.