Hector Monsegur caused quite a bit of chaos during his stint as a LulzSec hacker, a group he co-founded. You may know him better as "Sabu," his online stage name when he was helping the hacking group with its agenda. That is, until the FBI tracked him down and gave him a proposition he couldn't (or wouldn't) refuse -- help them convict other LulzSec hackers or risk losing the two girls he was fostering. Monsegur accepted the FBI's proposition, and with that part of his life now behind him, he's ready to speak about his days as a hacker and informant.
Hacking group takes credit for attack on U.S. Department of Justice's website.
The hactivist organization known as Anonymous is claiming it's the one responsible for infiltrating the U.S. Department of Justice's Sentencing Commission website (www.ussc.gov) over the weekend. This latest attack was in retaliation to the government's attempt to prosecute Aaron Swartz for illegally downloading millions of academic journals from JSTOR, an online archive and journal distribution service.
Hactivist group promises more shenanigans in 2013.
If you thought the hactivist group known as Anonymous would fade from view in the New Year, think again. Anonymous posted a message making it clear it intends to keep on hacking, telling the world, "We are still here...Expect us." Of course, it just wouldn't be an anonymous post without some derogatory language, so keep that in mind before clicking through to the organization's website for the full message.
For privacy-minded types and people in repressed parts of the world, Tor is a valuable tool. The anonymity-enabling onion routing service does have a few drawbacks, however, including its sometimes sub-optimal connection speeds. Tor's browsing speeds have gotten noticeably better over recent months and years, and the poor connections may disappear completely if a proposal that's currently under consideration is adopted: actually paying people and organizations with fast connections to act as a Tor exit relay.
Here's the problem with breathlessly reporting on every purported Anonymous hack the second it happens: most of the time, the breaches don't turn out to be a big deal. Take yesterday for example; after a hacker posted a 1.7GB torrent containing server files from the "Bureau of Justice" on the Pirate Bay, early headlines blared variations of "OMG! ANON HAX DEPT. OF JUSTICE!" Unfortunately (fortunately?), that's only kinda true.
One of the trickier parts of operating as part of a collective "hacktivist" organization -- aside from having senior members rat you out to the FBI, of course -- is that anybody can slap the Anonymous tag on something he's doing. Case in point: Anonymous-OS. Yesterday, an Anon-branded Ubuntu-based OS popped up on SourceForge, complete with hacker-friendly tools like Slowloris and Wireshark preinstalled. According to the SourceForge page, Anonymous-OS has already been downloaded over 37,000 times, but you better look before you leap: the semi-official @AnonOps Twitter account says the OS isn't actually from Anonymous.
What better way to start the work week than with a delicious slice of irony pie? The hacktivist group known as Anonymous spent the past year harassing websites and web users alike with a series of high profile attacks. Authorities responded by arresting Anons around the world, but new information shows that police weren't the only ones spanking Anonymous. Symantec says that an enterprising bot herder modified a link to one of Anon's voluntary DDoS tools to point to a file infected with the Zeus Trojan instead.
Several suspected members of the Anonymous hacking group have proven to be anything but anonymous. National law enforcement officers in Europe and South America unmasked and arrested 25 individuals they believe are associated with the hacking group and who were living in Argentina, Chile, Columbia, and Spain, Interpol said, according to an AP report. The suspected hackers stand accused of planning coordinated cyber attacks against several institutions, including Colombia's defense ministry.
Hacker collective Anonymous has a reputation for targeting authoritarian regimes, and the government crackdown in Syria has led the group to begin hammering away. Anonymous has just released a cache of emails from the mail servers used by Syria's Ministry of Presidential Affairs. The correspondence contain plenty of dirty little secrets, but Anonymous also happily exposed dozens of terrible passwords.
An element of hacker group Anonymous announced today that it has intercepted a conference call between the FBI and UK law enforcement wherein they discuss tracking down Anonymous. The 16 minute call was recorded and has been posted on various sites, including YouTube. The FBI and Scotland Yard have confirmed their call was illegally intercepted.