It's not always true that crime doesn't pay, because if that's the way it was, there would be a lot less people breaking the law. The problem for criminals is that payback's a bitch if you get caught, as did several LulzSec (Lulz Security) members who fessed up to hacking various companies and organizations, such as Sony, 20th Century Fox, Nintendo, and even the CIA, to name just a few of their targets.
Young activists fess up to series of hacker attacks.
Ryan Ackroyd, a 26-year-old from South Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to a single count of a computer-related hacking charge, according to a report in U.K.'s The Guardian newspaper. Ackroyd admitted in court to being involved with hactivist organization Lulz Security, otherwise known as LulzSec, and to plotting a series of attacks on websites such as 20th Century Fox, Sony, Nintendo, News International, Arizona state police in the U.S., and other targets.
Remember LulzSec, the jolly jackasses responsible for so much hacking havoc last summer? So does the FBI; they've rounded up five alleged LulzSec members in the U.S., England and Ireland this morning. LulzSec's 50 day reign of terror almost seemed story-like at times -- and like many good yarns, this one ends with a twist. Reports say the Lulz Boat has sunk thanks to the betrayal of "Sabu," the group's unofficial leader, who has been secretly working with the government since being arrested back in June.
The last time we referred to Anonymous hackers as a bunch of attention starved "script kiddies" (the same term the Department of Homeland Security used in this PDF document), it sparked quite the debate over what to label these band of hackers. Whatever you want to label them, their shenanigans are catching up with them as law enforcement agencies continue to make more arrests.
Remember when we told you that British police had rounded up the man they believed was Topiary, the smart-mouthed wise cracker who served as the spokesman for the infamous LulzSec hacking group? Since then, rumors saying that they got the wrong guy have been floating around the Internet. Was the man in custody a dupe framed by the actual Topiary? British police don't think so, and the stuff they found on the Jake Davis' laptop seems pretty damning. But he's still out on bail.
Setting sail on the Lulz Boat with a of glass of wine in one hand and a wide-brimmed top hat protecting him from the harmful UV rays, a hacker might actually start to believe that life is all laffs and SQL injections. Here's a shocker: things aren't quite so sunny in the slam, jackass. British police are the ones lulzing in the Shetland Isles after arresting a 19-year-old man they say is Topiary, the smarmy LulzSec hacker responsible for the group's satirical Tweets.
Less than a month after it announced its disbandment, notorious hacking group LulzSec returned on Monday to strike the website of the Sun, a UK paper owned by media (and phone hacking) baron Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. You can read more about Lulz Security’s latest caper after the jump.
Perhaps Sony took the biggest sigh of relief after LulzSec posted an announcement declaring an end to its 50-day hackathon, but there's still plenty of work to be done. The next step for Sony is to defend itself from (or settle) a class action lawsuit accusing the firm of being negligent with online security, negligence that ultimately led to numerous attacks and the loss of private data, including credit card information.
For the past couple of months, a band of wily and vainglorious hackers known as Lulz Security (or LulzSec) have been on a mission of mayhem, trespassing wherever they saw fit and helping themselves to bundle after bundle of personal information. They've embarrassed government agencies and pissed off the gaming community at large, and now they're supposedly hanging up their hats and sailing off into the sunset. But is this really the end?
On the surface, the hacking group known as LulzSec appears to be a cocky bunch that's seemingly well organized and capable of backing up their bravado, who are unafraid to take on the U.S. government and any other entity they deem worthy of their time and effort. But are they as confident, organized, and capable as they appear to be, or do they fit the mold of the stereotypical teenager hacker, like the 19-year-old who was arrested in the U.K. earlier this week and believed to have played a major role in LulzSec's operations?