June 27, 2011 at 11:42 AM ET
Hacking group Anonymous seized the Tunisian government website on Monday, and made clear that members of LulzSec, which said Saturday it was done with its "work", continue to be a part of Anonymous' efforts.
It was the second time in six months that Anonymous attacked the Tunisian site. In January, the group, which goes after websites that stand in the way of WikiLeaks information being released, or payments to WikiLeaks being processed, said that the Tunisian government had "ignored demands" by Anonymous to stop the government's "Internet censorship" of WikiLeaks information.
"We will not stop until internet censorship is a word in the history books," Anonymous said Monday on the seized site, which was inaccessible for much of the day.
Anonymous said on the site it wants those in Tunisia to continue "fighting for the truth ... We believe freedom of speech and freedom of knowledge is a basic human right."
Its parting comment: "We are Anonymous, We are LulzSec, We are People from around the world who are stepping in the name of freedom."
The group also included its masked symbol as well as the Twitter hashtag, "#AntiSec," for Anti Security, the effort by both Anonymous and LulzSec to go after government websites. Before LulzSec began its website attacks in May, some of its members were believed to have come from Anonymous.
LulzSec, which said it had six members, did not end its 50-day spree — which included divulging undercover plans and personal information, including email addresses and phone numbers, of Arizona law enforcement — quietly.
It noted at the end of its "goodbye letter" that it was also posting internal data from both AT&T and AOL as part of a 457-megabyte download on a file-sharing site.