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'Hacktivist' groups unite against common targets

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'Hacktivist' groups unite against common targets


Cyber war has been declared by Anonymous and LulzSec. The two established groups of hackers have released statements on their websites and issued messages on social network site Twitter saying they are joining forces to take on governments, banks and big corporations.

Anonymous, who call themselves ‘hacktivists’ are supporters of WikiLeaks and its creator, Julian Assange. Along with LulzSec, their partners in this new campaign, their aim is to steal and leak any classified government information, claiming it is for the public good.

High profile victims of cyber attack by the two groups include Visa, Paypal, Mastercard and Sony. Last week, LulzSec hacked into the US Senate and CIA websites. Serious recent attacks were made on Google and the International Monetary Fund.

In a protest against internet censorship, Anonymous attacked an official Turkish website three days before the June general election.

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