Hacker Update: Australian ISP Stops Censoring Due to Hacker Fears, NATO Investigates, Plus LulzSec's Awesome Farewell Note

In a minor victory for freedom-of-information advocates, an Australian internet service provider has decided to stop censoring the web because it fears retaliation from hacktivist groups Anonymous and LulzSec. According to The Australian, via Zeropaid:

It is understood Telstra was last night still grappling with the decision as to whether to commit to the voluntary filter because of fears of reprisals from the internet vigilantes behind a spate of recent cyber attacks.

It is understood the unstructured collective of hackers that identifies itself as Lulz Security, which has an agenda to wreak havoc on corporate and government cyber assets, claiming this is to expose security flaws, is one of Telstra main concerns.

LulzSec has claimed responsibility for attacks on the US Central Intelligence Agency, the US PBS and most recently it released a swath of Arizona law-enforcement documents.

- Verizon, for its part, just decided to expand its censorship. And NATO's bookshop was just trying to figure out who doused the firewall.

 - Raw Story uncovers an FBI document from LulzSec's weekend data dump that details the actions of the "Kopbuster" -- a former Texas narc who flipped the script and began filming the actions of corrupt cops. The report was compiled in 2009 after a SWAT Team raided his home. 

- Meanwhile, the loose group of hackers that form LulzSec disbanded, at least in the boat-cruise incarnation. They issued a release defending their hacks on Saturday, noting:

Again, behind the mask, behind the insanity and mayhem, we truly believe in the AntiSec movement. We believe in it so strongly that we brought it back, much to the dismay of those looking for more anarchic lulz. We hope, wish, even beg, that the movement manifests itself into a revolution that can continue on without us. The support we've gathered for it in such a short space of time is truly overwhelming, and not to mention humbling. Please don't stop. Together, united, we can stomp down our common oppressors and imbue ourselves with the power and freedom we deserve.

Touche, and godspeed.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at June 27, 2011, 7:08am

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