The group that has claimed responsibility for bringing down Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live with a series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, which began back in August, are now looking to make a profit. Lizard Squad has launched a DDoS tool called Lizard Stresser for anyone wishing to bring down a website or service for a fee.
It took nearly three days for the service to stagger back to its feet
Hacker group Lizard Squad took down both Microsoft and Sony’s online gaming networks on Christmas Day with denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that continued into the wee hours of Friday, December 26, 2014. (The attacks supposedly came to an end when the hackers agreed to Kim Dotcom’s offer of 3,000 free vouchers for premium Mega accounts in exchange for stopping the DDoS campaign). While Microsoft was able to get its Xbox Live service back up and running on Friday itself, Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN), for some inexplicable reason, continued to remain offline for over two days after the DDoS campaign against it came to a halt.
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.
We've always known Maximum PC readers hold mastery over the technical realm – but new evidence shows that at least one may hold mastery over all things mental as well. Just a few hours ago, in response to news that those affable LulzSec hackers opened a request hotline, RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS posted the following psychic burst: "They should target the CIA or FBI... Do it. Go after the CIA or FBI, geniuses."
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.
Did you know the Pirate Party is the sixth largest in Germany? Neither did we, but the German authorities certainly know who they are, and where they keep their servers. In the early morning today, German police confiscated servers belonging to the Pirate Party. The timing couldn't be worse. The group is slated to participate in elections in Bremen, Germany this Sunday.
Today's browsers are all moving towards hardware accelerated graphics, bringing with them rich online content and a new era of web surfing. That's the upshot, anyway, The tradeoff, according to a British security consultancy, is that your graphics card driver could make you susceptible to denial of service (DoS) attacks and cross-domain image theft. At the heart of the perceived problem is WebGL, which allows browsers to use the OpenGL graphics API.
Yesterday we heard the news that internet hacker group Anonymous had begun an attack on Sony in retaliation for their legal threats against PS3 modders. But now things are taking a bit of a dark turn, even for Anonymous. An offshoot of the main OpSony Anon group called SonyRecon has decided that hitting the Sony sites and services with DDoS attacks isn't enough. They've decided to go after Sony employees personally.
Over the weekend, well known and feared internet vigilante group Anonymous called out Sony for their legal pursuit of modder GeoHot. Here we are today, and PlayStation websites and even the PlayStation Network are suffering some notable stability issues. Is Anonymous behind it? Sony says no, Anon says yes.