George "Geohot" Hotz received a mountain of criticism for backing down on his scuffle with Sony and settling out of court, in part because so many donated money to his legal battle. Hotz has since made amends by donating leftover legal defense money to the EFF, but many are still furious he didn't fight this thing to the end. Given what might go down with another PS3 modder -- Alexander "graf_chokolo" Egorenkov -- Hotz might have made the right move after all.
For all the trouble hacking organization Lulz Security (LulzSec) has been causing all over cyberspace in recent months, we can't help but envision the stereotypical teen sitting in the basement of his mom's pad wreaking havoc before being called up to finish his chores. Maybe that isn't too far off. According to a statement by the the U.K.'s Metropolitan Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU), a British teenager suspected of playing a major role in LulzSec's operations was arrested on Monday night.
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."
It appears that yet another gaming company has come under online attack resulting in the theft of user data. This time it’s Sega and its Sega Pass system. No one has claimed responsibility for this attack yet, but most observers are pointing the finger at LulzSec.
Lulz Security (or LulzSec if you’re in a hurry) has decided to ask the masses what it should hack next. The group that cracked Sony Pictures, Nintendo, The US Senate, The Escapist, and more have set up a hotline where the community can suggest future targets. The number was posted to the group’s Twitter account yesterday and immediately received thousands of calls.
What did you do yesterday? Go to work? Read a book? Breathe? Well, given the way unstoppable hacking force of nature Lulz Security spent its past 24 hours, we're guessing quite a few people are wishing it'd stop doing that last thing. After steamrolling everyone from Nintendo to Bethesda, Lulz Sec upped its game, punching gaping holes in four major gaming outlets – in a single day.
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.
You put your money into the bank trusting that your banking institution's computer security safeguards will keep it from falling into the wrong hands. But when hackers do manage to break in and steal money from your account, should the bank be held responsible? Not according to a Maine judge who ruled in a case involving a business that sued its bank after losing $345,000 via unauthorized Automated Clearing House (ACH) transfers.
Google earlier this week said hundreds of Gmail accounts were compromised by hackers in China, including accounts belonging to U.S. government officials and military personnel. This was followed up by a report in the Washington Post claiming one of the affected Gmail accounts belonged to a Cabinet-level official. Despite the reports, it might not be as bad as it initially sounded.
Sorry Tupac Shakur fans, the former rapper is, to the best of everyone's knowledge, still dead. Tupac was gunned down nearly 15 years ago in the Las Vegas metropolitan area of Nevada and later died of respiratory failure and cardiac arrest. Conspiracy theorists believed that, like Elvis Presley, Tupac never actually died but took himself out of the public spotlight. A recent story on PBS's website appeared to substantiate these claims, except that it was all a hoax.