Celebrating its one-thousandth tweet, the hacker collective LulzSec released a statement on its website addressing the "Internets", granting a fresh insight into the methodology -- if any -- of the group.
Who LulzSec are
As the statement recently released on its website comments, "we've been causing mayhem and chaos throughout the Internet, attacking several targets including PBS, Sony, Fox, porn websites, FBI, CIA, the U.S. government, Sony some more, online gaming servers (by request of callers, not by our own choice), Sony again, and of course our good friend Sony."
Like Anonymous, LulzSec are thought to be an offshoot faction of the older 4Chan hacking collective.
Definitely not hacktivists
When LulzSec first targeted Sony citing its handling of the PlayStation Network outage and network's continued weakness as its primary motivation, many speculated that the group followed a similar hacktivist code to that of its 4Chan-born sibling Anonymous.
This theory has since become questionable, with the collective attacking increasingly random targets. This anarchistic approach to hacking peaked when the group released the personal information of as many as 62,000 random internet users -- an attack that led to an open argument with Anonymous over 4Chan's message boards.
The statement released in celebration of its one-thousandth tweet, served to put an end to this theory once and for all. In it LulzSec once again reiterated that its attacks are done purely for the entertainment of its contributors:
"This is the lulz lizard era, where we do things just because we find it entertaining. Watching someone's Facebook picture turn into a penis and seeing their sister's shocked response is priceless.
"Receiving angry emails from the man you just sent 10 dildos to because he can't secure his Amazon password is priceless. You find it funny to watch havoc unfold, and we find it funny to cause it.
"We release personal data so that equally evil people can entertain us with what they do with it."
In between the nonsensical "Nyan-nyan-nyan-nyan-nyan-nyan-nyan-nyan" rants the group went on to use the statement to express an almost Darwinian approach to the internet.
In it, the group argued that its actions were just a wider extension of basic human behaviour -- to laugh and punish those weaker than you. The groups went so far as to describe there as being two types of internet user, "peons and lulz lizards":
"This is the Internet, where we screw each other over for a jolt of satisfaction. There are peons and lulz lizards; trolls and victims.
"There's losers that post shit they think matters, and other losers telling them their shit does not matter."
What the statement reveals about LulzSec's future
As is the case with all statements made by LulzSec, the comments contained its most recent press release must be taken with a pinch-of-salt.
The collective is erratic at best and its most recent statement probably doesn't reflect the views of all LulzSec's loosely knit contributors.
The only thing that can really be taken for sure from the release, is that LulzSec plans to continue its activities and has no qualms who or what it targets.
UPDATE: LulzSec has released a fresh statement outlining its intent to join Anonymous in an ongoing campaign against the world's governments.