This group was one of the more openly malicious of the "Anonymous"-connected hacktivist groups and, especially recently, was mostly focusing on completely directionless leaking of massive amounts of confidential information, including the Stratfor heist. As part of a general project called "Fuck FBI Fridays," they outed a variety of things, including a trove of gigabytes of emails of the law firm Puckett & Faraj. They defended Terry Lakin after he got rid of Dogbite Jensen, and got as good a result as could be expected, considering how horribly the previous incompetent counsel had screwed up the case.
However, they also defended former Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, the most culpable defendant in the Haditha massacre case. Puckett & Faraj did an extraordinary job in this defense, and despite my opinion that their client is guilty of a heinous crime and should be behind bars for the rest of his life, I can hardly fault an extraordinary defense.
However, LulzSec did, and hacked their mail servers and posted all their email, including privileged materials completely unrelated to Wuterich, such as the names of previously anonymous rape victims, the details of defendants whose cases are still pending, and otherwise trashed the privacy of everyone involved. LulzSec is, or at least seems to me, to be affiliated with the larger "AntiSec" movement, that is basically opposed to all forms of computer security, and rather than exposing security flaws for the benefit of the public, they exploit them to wreak havoc. While there can be some debate over whether the "white hats" are really so white, there's no argument about these guys, and IMO they're mostly a bunch of malicious dicks who just like to break things.
I didn't really want to discuss this case publicly, because I didn't want to attract attention to it. I also didn't really want to risk pissing off a hacking group that tends to take down sites just because they feel like it, but I think those guys have bigger problems now, that is, that they are soon going somewhere they're going to meet new friends who have their own very special idea of "lulz."
In any event, Lakin's information might be in there somewhere, but I haven't downloaded the material. I also would advise treating that data as radioactive. Any IP address associated with it is likely to be scrutinized. I found it on a darknet, but didn't download it from there, either. I'd also note that while it's available via torrent, it may be illegal to distribute it, and any torrent client generally uploads chunks of data while downloading it, making a torrent downloader complicit in the distribution of the information.
I can't say I'm at all sorry to see these guys go down. If I were Puckett & Faraj, though, and if the FBI actually greenlighted this sting operation, I would be very pissed off right now.LulzSec leader Sabu was working for us, says FBI
Charles Arthur, Dan Sabbagh and Sandra Laville
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 6 March 2012 16.26 EST
The world's most notorious computer hacker has been working as an informer for the FBI for at least the last six months, it emerged on Tuesday, providing information that has helped contribute to the charging of five others, including two Britons, for computer hacking offences.
Hector Xavier Monsegur, an unemployed 28-year-old Puerto Rican living in New York, was unmasked as "Sabu", the leader of the LulzSec hacking group that has been behind a wave of cyber raids against American corporations including Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, the intelligence consultancy Stratfor, British and American law enforcement bodies, and the Irish political party Fine Gael.
It was revealed that he had been charged with 12 criminal counts of conspiracy to engage in computer hacking and other crimes last summer, crimes which carry a maximum sentence of 124 years and six months in prison. According to indictments filed in a Manhattan federal court, he secretly pleaded guilty on 15 August last year.
Despite that, Sabu carried on with his aggressive online persona as the LulzSec "leader", with the father of two going so far as to deny online – the day after his secret guilty plea – that he had "snitched" on his friends.