Lulz Security might very well be on a mission to hack the entire planet. Adding to the group's collective resume of security breaches is the U.S. Senate's computer network, which was targeted because of LulzSec's admitted disdain for the U.S. government. The attack is the latest in a long string of high profile break-ins that include hacks on Sony, Fox.com, Bethesda Softworks, and the U.S. Public Broadcasting Service network.
"We don't like the U.S. government very much," LulzSec posted on its website. "Their boats are weak, their lulz are low, and their sites aren't very secure. In an attempt to help them fix their issues, we've decided to donate additional lulz in the form of owning them some more!
"This is a small, just-for-kicks release of some internal data from Senate.gov -- is this an act of war, gentlemen? Problem?"
A act of war might not be far off the mark, at least not as far as CIA Chief Leon Panetta is concerned. Responding to the heightened threat of hacker attacks, the U.K.'s Daily Mail quotes Panetta as saying, "The next Pearl Harbor we confront could very well be a cyber attack that cripples our power systems, our grid, our security systems, our financial systems, our government systems. As a result, I think we have to aggressively be able to counter that. It is going to take both defensive measures as well as aggressive measures to deal with it."
In this specific instance, the Senate released a statement saying that no sensitive data was stolen, and "Although this intrusion is inconvenient, it does not compromise the security of the Senate's network, its members, or staff. Specifically, there is no individual user account information on the server supporting Senate.gov that could have been compromised."