Anonymous has attained notorious status for targeting governments, corporations, and (most recently) the Spanish police. Another group, though, looks to be competing with Anonymous for hacker glory. LulzSec has targeted Epic, Nintendo, Bethesda, Pron.com, and Congress in recent days, shutting down servers, nabbing user information, and generally making a nuisance of themselves.
Ostensibly, LulzSec claims to be trying to make a point about Internet security, presumably how companies need stronger measures in place. Things get a little sketchy, though, when the group posts fake news stories, or encourages their members to try to access Facebook accounts using information from the porn site in order to shame the users. That’s just standard douchebag trolling, not a useful service.
It is, though, a good reminder to shore up your passwords; diversify and complicate them. I know I’ve been kind of lax, choosing ease of use over security by keeping my email, social network, and other less sensitive passwords fairly similar. With so many different sites requiring individual logins, it’s tempting to take the easy path, but the massive run of hacks recently should give plenty of reason to make your passwords strong and varied.