Anonymous Picks Up Steam After LulzSec Hackers Sign Off: Operation AntiSec Allegedly Targets Tunisian Government

06/27/2011 04:25 pm ET | Updated Aug 27, 2011

Though hacker group LulzSec claims to have retired from engaging in cyberattacks, old hat cyber-activist collective Anonymous has promised to keep governments and other big organizations on their toes.

Before LulzSec's dissolution, the two groups had decided to band together to fight what they deem to be government corruption around the world. The new movement bears the name "AntiSec."

Upon disbanding over the weekend, LulzSec asked that its followers fall in with Anonymous. Within 24 hours of the announcement, Anonymous had gained over 60,000 additional followers on Twitter, according to PCWorld.

On Sunday, Anonymous tweeted, "We can confirm that all @LulzSec members have reported aboard. #AntiSec will have full support from #Anonymous and LulzSec. Expect us, soon."

In their 50 days of activity, LulzSec claimed to have stormed the towers of such lofty organizations as Sony Pictures, the C.I.A., PBS, and more, all in the name of getting some "lulz." Anonymous has gained considerable notoriety over the past year in connection with attacks on Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, Lockheed Martin, and others.

On Monday, Anonymous allegedly attacked the site of the Tunisian government, claiming that it had ignored the group's demands to cease Internet censorship, according to International Business Times. The government's went down Monday and, in place of normal content, featured an Anonymous-style release.

"We are Anonymous, We are LulzSec, We are People from around the world who are stepping in the name of freedom," the message concluded, reports IBT.