Hacker collective or, as they put it, "those evil bastards from Twitter" LulzSec has issued an official statement attempting to explain its actions. You can read it here.
"The main anti-LulzSec argument suggests that we're going to bring down more Internet laws by continuing our public shenanigans," the statement reads, "and that our actions are causing clowns with pens to write new rules for you. But what if we just hadn't released anything? What if we were silent? That would mean we would be secretly inside FBI affiliates right now, inside PBS, inside Sony... watching... abusing..."
The thrust of the statement is that Internet security is not what it could be, and that hackers don't always announce what they've hacked. "We certainly haven't," the statement continues, "and we're damn sure others are playing the silent game. [...] You are a peon to these people. A toy. A string of characters with a value. This is what you should be fearful of, not us releasing things publicly, but the fact that someone hasn't released something publicly. We're sitting on 200,000 Brink users right now that we never gave out. It might make you feel safe knowing we told you, so that Brink users may change their passwords. What if we hadn't told you? No one would be aware of this theft, and we'd have a fresh 200,000 peons to abuse, completely unaware of a breach."
The statement goes on to make light of the group's most recent actions -- releasing user names and passwords for a variety of sites across the Web, including Facebook, GMail, PayPal and Amazon accounts. "Welcome to 2011," it continues. "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."
Said "equally evil people" have reportedly claimed PayPal accounts containing significant amounts of money; access to online games and services such as World of Warcraft; Facebook accounts; and email addresses containing private information. While losing access to one's account will provide a potent message to use more different passwords around the Web -- and more secure passwords, at that -- the unpleasant (and potentially life-wrecking) manner in which the group has delivered this message completely undermines whatever valid point it may have had to make about Internet security. But they don't care:
"Nobody is truly causing the Internet to slip one way or the other," the statement continues. "It's an inevitable outcome for us humans. We find, we nom nom nom, we move onto something else that's yummier. We've been entertaining you 1000 times with 140 characters or less, and we'll continue creating things that are exciting and new until we're brought to justice, which we might well be. But you know, we just don't give a living fuck at this point -- you'll forget about us in 3 months' time when there's a new scandal to gawk at."
This article originally appeared on GamePro.com as Who Is LulzSec?