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.
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.
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?
If you thought one LulzSec was one too many, get ready for your worst nightmare. A new Brazilian faction of the now infamous hacker group has begun its own attacks on government sites in Brazil. "Our Brazilian unit is making progress. Well done @LulzSecBrazil, brothers!" LulzSec proper tweeted.
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."