Friday, March 30, 2012

Lulzsec Hacks Military Dating Site

LulzSec, the Anonymous offshoot that hacks for fun ("for the lulz"), disbanded last June after 50 days of high profile hacks, also known as the 50 Day Cruise.
But the jokers appear to be making a comeback, perhaps in order to restore the confidence of its followers after it was revealed that former ringleader Sabu helped the FBI locate and arrest former teammates. 
On Tuesday, hackers calling themselves "LulzSec Reborn" posted onto Pastebin the email database, including names and addresses, of every employee at San Jose-based IT firm, CSS Corp. 
Preceding this, on Sunday the group hacked into military dating website, militarysingles.com. It dumped the names, emails, and passwords of around 170,000 members, many with .gov and .mil addresses. The hackers also defaced a page with its signature Nyan Cat after the site's parent company told Data Breaches there was "no actual evidence" of a breach. 
Nyan cat
The motivations behind these two targets are unclear at this point, but as I mentioned earlier, the original LulzSec unit hacked for fun.
As Sophos' Graham Cluley noted over at Naked Security notes, "Of course, on the internet, anyone can claim to be whatever they want and so it's not particularly surprising to see that it was a group calling itself LulzSec Reborn that posted a message on PasteBin announcing the hack of MilitarySingles.com."
To illustrate this point, a viral video about an April 1st rebirth from LulzSec was discredited by LulzSec Reborn's Twitter account, as "bullshit."
Earlier this month, the FBI charged six members of Anonymous/LulzSec who were based in the U.K., New York, Chicago, and Ireland. In a stunning revelation, it was disclosed that former LulzSec ringleader Sabu (real name: Hector Xavier Monsegur), a 28-year-old single father living in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City, had served as an informant for several months. For a rundown of all the charges, see FBI Takes Down LulzSec Hackers, With Help From Inside.


2 comments:

  1. "the original LulzSec unit hacked for fun" The hacking for fun and damaging others hard works has been putting them in trouble with the authority. If these young ones could be put to more productive efforts like working for internet security companies, they may become good assets to us. One reporter calls their act youth internet rebellion. Youth is really a trouble some time.

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    1. Internet and free flow of information brings new challenges for law enforcement and authorities. The LulzSec hacking group was involved in hacking as a form of protest which though illegal may not at times be immoral. As you rightly point youth is really a trouble at times.

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