If there was one thing Lulzsec was good at, it was making headlines: The shadowy hacker group entered the public consciousness with the spark of a lit match, only to extinguish back into obscurity as soon as its one-and-a-half-month-long stick ran out.
If there were two things Lulzsec was good at, it was making headlines and SQL injections, or the alleged attack vector behind a number of the group’s more notorious hacks. But now that the Lulzboat has sailed back from wherever it came—the hacktivist group Anonymous?– we find ourselves asking what the group actually managed to accomplish during its brief romp through the Internet. And more importantly, what did those attacked actually learn from Lulzsec? How do their responses influence the different kinds of techniques you can use, as a consumer, to keep your “protected” data safe from the next wave of angry Internet hackers?
Panda Security, makers of security products named after itself, just released its quarterly report on the state of security around the world, which is news in and of itself considering that, as Panda puts it, "The title of Guns N' Roses 'Welcome to the Jungle' perfectly sums up the events that have taken place" over the past few months. But that wasn't the least of Panda's colorful rhetoric, as the security firm had some strong words for Anonymous and LulzSec, the two hacking organizations responsible for many of the recent high-profile attacks.
How many times have you heard that you can't believe everything you read on the Internet? That holds especially true for the past couple of months in which hackers have been on a rampage, mostly to swipe and distribute other people's personal information, but sometimes to post fake news. It happened again this morning as hackers claiming to be tied with Anonymous infiltrated Fox's political Twitter account and posted updates 'reporting' President Barack Obama had been shot and killed in Iowa.
In this latest edition of As the Hacking World Turns, the hacker group known as Lulz Security (LulzSec) celebrated its 1,000 twitter post, issued a long-winded mission statement that boils down to the group saying, "we do things just because we find it entertaining," and the announcement that it's teaming with Anonymous, another hacking organization, to effectively declare war on "any government or agency that crosses their path."
You didn’t expect Anonymous to take the recent Spanish police action against them lying down, did you? The website for Spain’s national police was knocked offline late Sunday night. While the authorities did not release any details, a site connected to Anonymous claimed responsibility. According to the site, #OpPolicia is on.
With each cyber attack, authorities around the world are coming under increasing pressure to crack down on hackers and "hacktivist" groups. Last week, the global crackdown against the nebulous hacktivist group Anonymous saw the arrest of nearly three dozen alleged Anonymous members in Spain and Turkey.
"Do not make the mistake of challenging Anonymous," the hacker collective declared in a stark message on its website yesterday. The message was a direct response to a NATO report that said Anonymous should be infiltrated and its members jailed. Spain responded to the verbal backhand by delivering Anonymous a not-so-subtle slap in return; today, Spanish police announced that they've arrested three "senior" members of the legion and seized a server that played a crucial role in many recent Anonymous attacks, including the PlayStation Network take-down.
Anybody who thinks that Anonymous is just a bunch of harmless script kiddies playing around on their mom's computer hasn't been following the news recently. The US recently said it would put a hurting on hackers that threatened the nation, and earlier this week, NATO published a special report on cybersecurity. A big chunk of it was spent describing the threat of everyone's favorite hacker collective. The longer Anonymous continues its hijinks, the more likely they'd be "infiltrated and perpetrators persecuted," the report warned. Anonymous' response showed its characteristic sense of style.
Amidst the fallout from the PlayStation Network hack, Sony claimed yesterday that the Internet vigilante group Anonymous was responsible for the attack. But today the well-known hacktivist group denied any involvement with the theft of credit card numbers. The statement is carefully worded, though. Could there be more to this?
“We are Legion.” So said a file – titled “Anonymous,” naturally – that Sony allegedly discovered while combing through the smoldering wreckage of its hacked-to-pieces online infrastructure. Sony revealed that juicy bit of evidence in response to a Congressional hearing over data breaches, which – in itself – was the closest thing to a live evisceration you'll ever see broadcasted on CSPAN.