Anonymous has always done it for the lulz. They wouldn't do this if they didn't enjoy it. But with the lulz comes with it the acceptable knowledge that they are standing up for something meaningful. Every attack they want to do it because they enjoy showing that you do not screw with the internet or civil liberties.
It sounds questionable, but I know people who generally love being in the military because they enjoy the action overseas. So, they joined the military for the lulz and do what they feel is right for their families and country.
Thoses that commit crimes of piracy can be charged with theft. But the overall majority actually have no intension of illegal actions, rather they want to develop for the platform. Make it more efficient for linux, and code new software to run on the Cell. If Sony would drop this lawsuit, all the medical research centers that bought PS3s as cheap super computers will be able to crack open the PS3 firmware and use them again as they bought them for, cheap super computers.
And I edited my last post, check the two links.
Thank you for the links. I have some reading to get to.
Freedom is hard to defend without knowing how to defend it, and even then its still pretty difficult. The actions of Anonymous are laudable to a certain extent as that their purpose for most of their actions are derived from a just cause. It always baffles me as the good that this hacking group could do is constrained to small mostly minor issues. For example, Anon vs. Westboro Baptist Church. A good cause indeed but one without much lasting effect. Again, the here and now. I can sympathize with Anon as I do see myself as somewhat of a freedom fighter. In fact, I'm writing a fictional novel about a young, freedom fighter. But that is as little as we have in common. Our tacics differ greatly. Anon's tactics is a more drastic approach but, to be quite honest, lacks direction. If I were to become the leader of Anon, if there is such a thing, I would use my influence to expose companies, corporations, lobbyiest, certain politicians, and legislation that requires improvement. For example, find the information that could be used by WikiLeaks. Violent? No. More morally sound? Yes. Effective? O' hell ya.