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.
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."
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.
With leftover egg still dripping from its face, Sony today said it provided notice to around 37,500 people whose accounts may have been compromised in the recent hacker attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). While hackers made off with personally identifiable information, Sony insists that stolen information did not include any credit card numbers, social security numbers, or drivers license numbers.
Make strong passwords. Make strong passwords. Our high school computer teacher beat the mantra into our heads, at least until the day we forgot our log on, a non-dictionary jumble that consisted of 39 upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, ampersands, exclamation points and any other special characters we could jam in there. After restoring our account, Mr. O'Donnell changed the mantra to, "Make kinda strong passwords." Microsoft MVP Troy Hunt analyzed the user information leaked in the recent LulzSec hack of Sony Pictures, and discovered that most people's passwords not only aren't kinda strong, but usually down-right crappy.