In an exclusive interview published on Monday by New Scientist, a key member of the notorious hacker group LulzSec spoke directly for the first time about how he sees himself and his motivations.
"I'm a man who believes in human rights and exposing abuse and corruption," the hacker known as Sabu insisted. "I generally care about people and their situations. I'm into politics and I try my best to stay on top of current events."
During its brief but spectacular career, LulzSec typically presented itself as in it more for the lulz -- the laughs -- than out of any sense of social responsibility. On June 12, for example, a post on the group's Twitter account proclaimed, "If you want ethics, go cry to #Anonymous. True lulz fans, stay tuned in as the next day or two brings much entertainment. Sailing has begun."