Denial of Service attacks employed against hacking groups by UK intelligence agency
A spy unit under the control of the United Kingdom's intelligence services was used to attack the Anonymous and LulzSec hacking groups, according to GCHQ documents leaked by Edward Snowden. The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) used the unit to deploy distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks against the groups, a similar strategy employed by the hackers themselves.
Sentence derided as 'vengeful, spiteful act'
Hacker Jeremy Hammond has been dealt a 10-year prison sentence for his role in the 2011 theft of emails and credit card data from intelligence company Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor). The sentence was handed down in a federal court in Manhattan, where the 28-year-old pleaded guilty to violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).
LulzSec member admits to hacking Sony
The original LulzSec team was dealt a hit Thursday after member Cody Kretsinger pleaded guilty to his role in the Sony Pictures hack from last year. He agreed to accept convictions over charges of both conspiracy and "unauthorized impairment of a protected computer" in return for a deal. The admission was a reversal of an earlier not guilty plea.
Main LulzSec members arrested in Europe, US
Three top-rung members of hacking group LulzSec have been arrested by the FBI on Tuesday morning, Fox News reported. Two others were charged with conspiracy, all thanks to the cooperation of the organization's leader, 29-year-old Xavier Monsegur, otherwise known as Sabu (pictured). He pleaded guilty on August 15 of last year to 12 counts related to hacking, fraud, and identity theft and has worked with the government since, sources told the outlet.
Alleged hacker could face 15 years in prison
An alleged LulzSec hacker has pleaded not guilty to charges that he took part in a Sony network intrusion. Reuters reports that Cody Kretsinger, 23, has entered not guilty pleas to one count each of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer at a hearing in the US District Court in Los Angeles. Judge Victor Kenton set a December 13 trial date for Kretsinger, who also ordered that Kretsinger be defended by a court-appointed public defender.
Sony locks down 93K accounts after possible breach
Sony's chief security officer Philip Reitinger warned late Tuesday that there had been a "massive" account cracking attempt on the PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment. While it failed against the wide majority, the attempt successfully cracked the login info for about 93,000 accounts, 60,000 of which were PSN. All of those accounts were locked down to prevent a hijack, Sony said.
Arrests occur in San Francisco and Phoenix
The FBI has reportedly arrested two individuals who are accused of participating in hacking attacks organized by LulzSec and Anonymous. The Justice Department suggests charges have also been filed against a third suspect, while search warrants have been executed at separate locations in New Jersey, Minnesota and Montana.
Two more arrested in separate investigation
Scotland Yard has announced two more arrests in conjunction with recent online attacks by hacker groups Anonymous and LulzSec. The arrests, made separately, were the result of a continuing investigation by the Yard, the FBI, and other law enforcement agencies into alleged illegal criminal activities by the two hacker groups. The men, aged 20 and 24, were charged with conspiring to commit offenses under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.
AntiSec reveals 10GB of US police private data
AntiSec hackers said they have made their biggest hack and revealed it to the world by posting 10GB of confidential US law enforcement information, the group revealed in a statement. This move, the group said, is in response to the arrests of Anonymous and LulzSec hackers. The so-called Shooting Sheriffs Saturday dump is said to include private e-mail, passwords, addresses, social security, credit card numbers, informants, training files, and more.
Chat logs point to possible framing
UK authorities claim to have arrested a member of the LulzSec hacking collective, who was known as Topiary, however conflicting reports raise the possibility that police may have been tricked into apprehending the wrong person. Police arrested a 19-year-old suspect located in the UK's remote Shetland Islands, as part of an "intelligence-led operation."
LulzSec revives with attack on Sun and Murdoch
Update: more hacks) LulzSec returned from its self-imposed exit to launch a new attack against The Sun. The hacker group changed key articles on the British newspaper's page in a retaliation campaign for News Corp's phone hacking scandal. Among the examples were an article claiming that News Corp founder Rupert Murdoch had killed himself through palladium poisoning.
Anonymous hack Apple survey site because it can
Anonymous on Sunday boasted of a minor hack into Apple's servers. The rare move scraped a list of admin users and passwords for a survey site from a MySQL table. A statement from the collective claimed it as part of its AntiSec (anti-security) push but also implied that it had more important targets.
Anonymous hacks Universal Music, Viacom
Anonymous is reported to have hacked into the Universal Music and Viacom servers. According to the Wall Street Journal [sub. req.], the group has released a cache of files that it claims represents the passwords and other user data stolen from a Universal Music affiliated site, as well as those from Viacom networks. The group is also thought to have absorbed members from the recently dissolved LulzSec, ‘Antisec’ group.
LulzSec police raid turns up mystery Kayla insider
An FBI raid newly publicized Tuesday may have given clues as to some actual identities but at the cost of a person's well-being. The search, conducted against chatroom participant but otherwise believed innocent Laurelai Bailey, has narrowed down one member to a mystery figure known as "Kayla." The FBI was "particularly interested" whenever Kayla was mentioned, Bailey tells Gawker, but gives little away even with a reported Twitter account.
LulzSec hints IDs real but payload still waiting
A Sunday interview with an unnamed LulzSec member has reportedly validated talke of exposed identities but also given the group a bargaining chip. The source's conversation with the AP maintained that at least some of the personal info was real and a "distraction." He was considering getting out of hacking altogether, although he suggested that support of the AntiSec political movement would lead some to contribute to Anonymous.
The A-Team claims to have exposed LulzSec
A team which calls itself “The A-Team” is claiming to have exposed the identities of the members of LulzSec. LulzSec have been causing havoc over the past 50 days hacking into the servers of numerous organisations, accessing and then publishing the personal information it reaped from its attacks. The exposure of the individuals behind LuzSec may have been a factor that prompted the group to issue a statement that it was quitting its hacking activities.
LulzSec stops official campaign
Lulz Security on Saturday said it was quitting its hacks as an official collective after 50 days of hacks. The group said its "planned" campaign had come to an end and was encouraging others to take its place. Some of the hacks were launched just for fun, the group said, but it hoped the AntiSec (anti-security) campaign would go on to foster resistance to excessive political control.
Internal documents posted for review
Hacking collective LulzSec has continued to keep up a swift pace in its hacking endeavors, today announcing that it has released hundreds of documents from Arizona law enforcement e-mail systems. The documents are claimed to include personal correspondence, private intelligence bulletins, training manuals, and other information, some of which is classified as sensitive and not intended for public disclosure.
LulzSec quickly dampens rumors of UK trouble
Lulz Security quickly shot down any claims that it had been embroiled in UK trouble. The hacker collective argued that reports of the hack were "fake" and that its Twitter account was the authority. Everyone in the group was accounted for, it added, leaving any UK arrests to either unrelated cases or innocents.
FBI, New Scotland Yard cooperating to stop hackers
Officers of the Police Central e-Crime Unit have arrested a 19-year old man in Essex, England for his part in a series of network hacks and denial of service attacks. New Scotland Yard stopped short of saying that the man is suspected of belonging to LulzSec, but confirmed that the FBI had helped with the investigation. Earlier this month a second member of the group was rumored to be in FBI in custody. The impact of the arrests on LulzSec's activities is unclear. Today the group said it had breached security for the UK Census database.
Group teams with Anonymous to take down sites
Hacker group LulzSec has continued to cause trouble for government websites, today claiming to have taken down the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) website. "Tango down - soca.gov.uk," the group posted on its Twitter feed. The tweet also made a reference to "Operation Anti-Security," a campaign that aims to oppose alleged corruption in business and government.
Sega Pass next in wave of game related hacks
Sega on Friday in a warning to gamers said that its Sega Pass online service had been hacked. It took down the service after discovering that the database had been compromised. Those at PlayStation Lifestyle and elsewhere had been told that e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords had been compromised.
Government site unresponsive
Hacker group LulzSec has claimed responsibility for problems at the US government's CIA website, which was briefly unreachable before service was restored late in the day. The group is also credited with hacking into the Senate website over the weekend and downloading information, though Martina Bradford, the deputy Senate sergeant at arms, told Reuters "they're getting nothing."
LulzSec member said arrested, Sony code stolen
LulzSec, a group of hackers that has recently attacked Sony Pictures and an FBI-affiliated site has now offered up stolen code from Sony Computer Entertainment Developer Network using its Twitter account. Making good on its promise, a 54MB file containing the code is made available. At the same time, a rumor of an arrest of one of the members of the group is circulating.