A quick run down on the hackers and online mischief makers.

This article titled “From LulzSec to 4Chan: a hacking who's who” was written by Charles Arthur, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 22nd June 2011 16.14 UTC


Born out of the online messageboard 4Chan in 2003, the shadowy group's first high-profile target was the Church of Scientology. Publicity from the months-long attack, dubbed Project Chanology, is believed to have attracted hundreds of members – mostly young males – to the cause. After a string of more low-key attacks on copyright-enforcement agencies and music bodies, the group rallied behind WikiLeaks amid the fallout from the US diplomatic cables leaks in December last year.

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