Hacktivist group LulzSec has hinted at a possible return next month.
After it disbanded last year after 50 days of protest and online activism, members of the group were arrested two weeks ago, including leader Sabu, who it emerged had been acting as an FBI informant against other members.
In a video posted to YouTube last weekend and titled LulzSec Returns, the group says it decided to "bring back our humble hacking group and set sail towards the interwebs again". Referring to the arrests, it said these had "merely disrupted the active faction".
It said that from 1 April it would resume activity with action against governments, organisations and agencies "and quite possibly the people watching this video". It added: “As we speak, our battle fleet and members are planning some epic operations and pranks that will go down in history. To all of our supporters, we hope, almost pray, that you keep up your support as LulzSec never left, we only grew stronger.”
The three-minute video contains only one minute and 13 seconds of commentary, with the remaining time filled with a version of the theme from the 1970s TV show Love Boat.
Some comment posters have suggested that the video is a hoax as it refers to April Fools' Day and that "LulzSec would never use YouTube".
The video was uploaded by ‘Fawkes Security', who uploaded various other videos on Saturday, which all point to a single movement called ‘Project Mayhem 2012' – a reference to Chuck Palahniuk's book Fight Club.
A statement posted on pastebin defines Project Mayhem as a movement to destabilise the status quo that "turns into a real uncensorable super organism that predates the net: an uncensorable civil cipherspace onto the cyberspace [sic]".
It further said: “Project Mayhem 2012 will be the biggest hackartistic joint challenge ever for the very top hacktivists, coders, crypto anarchists, cipher punks and non-violent civil rights, internet censorship and freedom of speech activists everywhere to collaborate to jointly brainstorm ideas and to develop Tyler.”
It added that "Obviously Project Mayhem 2012 will always respect the law" and said it will not fight against anything but "simply adapt around it, and then make it change to fit our swarm intelligence needs of peace, justice, freedom, beauty and truth".
The statement defined Tyler (a character from Fight Club) as "a massively distributed and decentralised Wikipedia-style P2P cipherspace structure impregnable to censorship".
“Tyler will gather an unprecedented number of the best hackers and coders ever to develop its structure from scratch, from the lessons learned from the Freenet, TOR, GNUnet, eMule, BitTorrent, I2P, Tribler and related projects.
“Tyler will end its beta testing phase the 5th of November 2012. Tyler will go wild on the net on 12th December 2012, massively flashmob style.
“On the ten days that go from 12th December to 21st December 2012, the world will see an unprecedented amount of corporate, financial, military and state leaks that will have been secretly gathered by millions of conscientious citizens, vigilants [sic], whistleblowers and insiders worldwide, dormant cells of a global 'Fight Club' from all countries, patiently waiting for the time to swarm the egregor's [sic] consciousness in perfect synchrony.”