Hacking groups Anonymous and LulzSec have responded to global arrests, claiming ‘amazement and a certain amount of amusement'.
Yesterday, 16 people were arrested in the US, UK and the Netherlands in connection with attacks on PayPal, AT&T and InfraGard.
In a Pastebin statement, the groups responded to deputy assistant FBI director Steve Chabinsky's message to hackers that ‘it's entirely unacceptable to break into websites and commit unlawful acts' by listing what it finds unacceptable and saying ‘governments and corporations are our enemy'.
It said: “Now let us be clear here, Mr. Chabinsky, while we understand that you and your colleagues may find breaking into websites unacceptable, let us tell you what we find unacceptable: governments lying to their citizens and inducing fear and terror to keep them in control by dismantling their freedom piece by piece; corporations aiding and conspiring with said governments, while taking advantage at the same time by collecting billions of funds for federal contracts we all know they can't fulfil; and lobby conglomerates who only follow their agenda to push the profits higher, while at the same time being deeply involved in governments around the world with the only goal to infiltrate and corrupt them enough so the status quo will never change.
“These governments and corporations are our enemy. We will continue to fight them, with all methods we have at our disposal, and that certainly includes breaking into their websites and exposing their lies.
“We are not scared any more. Your threats to arrest us are meaningless to us, as you cannot arrest an idea. Any attempt to do so will make your citizens more angry until they will roar in one gigantic choir. It is our mission to help these people and there is nothing you can possibly do to make us stop.”
It also questioned Chabinsky's statement that the internet should not become the Wild West, asking when the internet was not the Wild West. “Do you really believe you were in control of it at any point? You were not,” it said.
“You see most people do not behave like bandits if they have no reason to. We become bandits on the internet because you have forced our hand. The Anonymous bitchslap rings through your ears like hacktivism movements of the 90s. We're back, and we're not going anywhere. Expect us.”
LulzSec followed this with a message on its Twitter feed that said: “Arresting people won't stop us, FBI. We will only cease fire when you all wear shoes on your heads. That's the only way this is ending.”