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Anonymous_logo_270x236-small.jpgOver the past week, as situations continue to escalate between Israeli and Palestinian forces, 44 million hacking attempts have been made on some of Israel's top government and news websites.

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz told Reuters that only a handful of important websites were down for around ten minutes last week, but quickly returned to normal due to the country's top security systems:

"The ministry's computer division will continue to block the millions of cyber attacks.

"We are enjoying the fruits of our investment in recent years in developing computerized defense systems."

However, a list of more than 600 of the sites that have been attacked has since been published to Pastebin and it includes the likes of the Bank of Jerusalem and Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among others. Reuters also reports that a whopping 44 million hacking attempts have been made on Israeli sites in total:

"Attempts on defence-related sites have been the highest, while 10 million attempts have been made on the site of Israel's president, 7 million on the Foreign Ministry and 3 million on the site of the prime minister."

The attacks were attributed to hacking group Anonymous after a press release was published over on AnonPaste last week, which called out the Israeli government's plans to deny those in Gaza access to the internet:

"But when the government of Israel publicly threatened to sever all Internet and other telecommunications into and out of Gaza they crossed a line in the sand. As the former dictator of Egypt Mubarack learned the hard way - we are ANONYMOUS and NO ONE shuts down the Internet on our watch. To the IDF and government of Israel we issue you this warning only once. Do NOT shut down the Internet into the "Occupied Territories", and cease and desist from your terror upon the innocent people of Palestine or you will know the full and unbridled wrath of Anonymous. And like all the other evil governments that have faced our rage, you will NOT survive it unscathed."

However, Anonymous' rage is continuing this week, but it's not just DDoS attacks on websites now that poses a threat, but the leaking of sensitive information. A release added to Pastebin over the weekend allegedly reveals the names and details of those who have donated to the Unity Coalition for Israel, a network that represents pro-Israel groups.

Another document on good ol' Pastebin also reveals a load of email addresses belonging to what looks like those who are high up in the US government and a number of news organisations too. They're believed to be members of the Unity Coalition too, but that's not been officially confirmed quite yet.

Check out the original Anonymous Operation Israel press release.

[Via Reuters]

Anonymous_logo_270x236.jpegUpdated 6 November

Infamous hacktivist group Anonymous has begun a series of attacks on high profile websites and organisations today in order to celebrate the 5th of November and the collective's poster boy, Guy Fawkes.

According to reports and rumours this morning, members associated with the group (and some that are not) have defaced the NBC website, published sensitive information from PayPal and Symantec and attacked a number of Australian government websites.

Many have been hinting that today's the day the group finally takes down Facebook and although we've heard rumours like that many a time before, there's been a lot of publicity in recent weeks about Anonymous' disgust at Zynga's plans to dramatically cut its employees. There's been no official word from Anonymous as of yet, but we wouldn't be surprised if Facebook and Zynga are targeted in some shape or form later today.

Of course it's always hard to attribute certain attacks and statements to Anonymous because they're not a bunch of scheming villains on a remote island somewhere, they're pretty normal and located all over the world.

Update: It appears that the attack was directed at free open source hosting site ZPanel among others and not PayPal as initially reported. A PayPal spokesperson denies that any of its data has been breached.

Anonymous_logo_270x236.jpegHacktivist group Anonymous has always stood firmly by Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange and even launched distributed denial of service attacks on the credit card companies that pulled the plug on the secret information organisation back in 2010 and went on to attack the Swedish Prosecutors office too.

However, it now seems like the beautiful friendship has come to an end after Wikileaks introduced a paywall to its Global Intelligence Files and a number of other pages and documents.

If you're in the know when it comes to certain paywalls and "complete this survey plz" pop-ups you'll be aware that you can fairly easily get round them by disabling Javascript in your browser settings. But it seems Anonymous doesn't care that the donations page can be circumvented and instead is insulted by the principle behind it. In a press release published on Pastebin, a representative of the group writes:

"We have been worried about the direction Wikileaks is going for sometime now. In the past year the focus has moved away from actual leaks and the fight for freedom of information and concentrated more and more on Julian Assange and a rabid scrounging for money.

"When this "paywall" appeared last night, there was a brief and intense exchange online between Anonymous and WikiLeaks. Within two hours all of the "paywalls" were removed. At that point Anonymous was willing to let this pass, for the sake of peace in the over all movement.

"But now tonight, as if taunting us to rage - the "paywalls" reappeared not just on sections of the site but for every single file. Enough! We have numerous disclosure platforms of our own, and in the future we will deliver Anonymous related leaks via these platforms."

Although the press release is pretty damming of the donations page, the group insists it won't be attacking any of Wikileaks' online properties, it just won't be supporting it anymore:

"We will NOT attack the web assets of WikiLeaks, as they are media. We do not attack media. Any future attack on the WikiLeaks servers attributed to Anonymous is a lie. But what we will do is cease from this day all support of any kind for WikiLeaks or Julian Assange. No longer will Anonymous risk prison to defend WikiLeaks or Julian Assange from their enemies. No longer will Anonymous risk prison to supply material for WikiLeaks disclosures. Anonymous turns it's back on WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks has with it's actions this past 48 hours betrayed Anonymous, and thus has lost it's biggest and most powerful supporter."

It seems that some of the files in question can't be accessed without coming up against a donations page, but others have been removed and documents can be read without handing over any of your cash to the organisation. It'll be interesting to see whether Wikileaks does get rid of the paywall, respond to Anonymous or continue on regardless.

[Via Cnet and Pastebin]

anonymous-guy-fawkes.jpgA recent study proves the blindingly obvious, that IT professionals all over the globe are pretty darn scared by the threat of hacking and attacks from groups like Anonymous.

As much as many of us would like to think IT professionals are strong, fearless individuals ready to take on the world (think Leonidas in 300), a new survey proves that in actual fact many live in fear that organised hacking groups will mess everything up for them in the near future.

The research, commissioned by security firm Bit9 and detailed in its 2012 Cyber Security Research Report, revealed that 61% of those working in the IT industry see Anonymous as the biggest threat to their profession. More than 60% of those fearful little souls actually believe the hacktivists will attack their company's IT system within the next six months. Come on now, that's no way to live your life.

When asked why so many of the IT crowd feel so apprehensive, 61% said it's due to the rise in numbers of hacker groups, but interestingly 16% admitted it could well be down to media hype about the big bad attacks.

As you'd expect, many of those that are REALLY concerned work for companies with more than 500 employees, presumably with IT systems in place that would take a lot of time and effort to piece back together in the event of an attack. Although we're concerned that paranoid IT workers could be giving themselves a lot of unnecessary stress and heart problems later down the line, maybe the fear is a good thing to have, as 58% said they did have faith in the security systems they had in place and hope to continue to improve them in the future, just in case.

[Via Digital Trends]

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The infamous hacking collective Anonymous this morning released its own operating system, dubbed Anonymous OS.

The new OS is available to download via Sourceforge and there it's been described as "an ubuntu-based distribution and created for educational purposes, to checking the security of web pages."

According to a Tumblr blog dedicated to the shiny new operating system, simply called Anonymous-OS, it was released two days ago and has already had plenty of interest, with more than 4600 downloads and lots of feedback from members of the group, fans and hacker wannabes.

It's no surprise that the group created an 'About Us' page to answer some popular questions:

Q - Who created Anonymous-OS Live?
A - Anonymous-OS created by Anonymous!

Q - Is it safe to use Anonymous-OS?
A - Yes it is 100% safe. You can use Anonymous-OS as safe as you can use any Linux distro.

Q - Where i can find tutorials for preinstalled tools?
A - For now, you can search to any search engine with name of tool and find many tutorials. Maybe in future we create some how-to's

Q - How can i help with Anonymous-OS?
A - You can help Anonymous-OS with your feedback to do Anonymous-OS Live better.

Q - Can i donate Anonymous-OS?
A - No. We do not do this about money. We are not interested for money. If you want to donate somewhere, please do it on some opensource project.

There's obviously no sure-fire way to guarantee this is the work of Anonymous, or the random collection of hackers that call themselves Anonymous, let's remember this isn't an evil group of Bond-style villains on a remote island somewhere.

We've also got no indication of exactly why it's been built or whether it's truly safe for you to download, so maybe don't go installing everything in a bid to be the next Lisbeth Salander just yet.

There have been rumours circulating for some time now that the hacking collective Anonymous (or at least people claiming to be aligned with the now infamous group), are planning something big for tomorrow, the 5th of November or Bonfire Night / Guy Fawkes Night here in the UK.

Back in October a Twitter account with the username @AnonymousPress, believed to be the PR account for the collective, tweeted this:

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Which then led to this response by @CO11MetPolice, a branch of the Metropolitan Police in London:

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And then @CO11MetPolice strangely just tweet this about protesting permission:

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It's very interesting to see the police approach the hackers in this way and we're dying to know whether any more dialogue took place in private, although we don't think that's Anonymous' style.

As we may never find out, here are the two main rumours we've come across on Twitter and in the tech press in recent weeks about what may happen as the clock strikes midnight.

Rumour 1

As the police felt it necessary to contact Anonymous representatives in such a public and direct way, there could perhaps be some kind of 'event' taking place in London in line with the recent Occupy London protests, which the hacking group has been supporting.

Rumour 2

As the group is very anti-Facebook it'd come as no surprise if there was some attempt to take down the social network over the weekend. According to ZDNet, a number of Twitter accounts have been set up alluding to "Operation Facebook", such as @FacebookOp and @OP_Facebook, but the larger accounts that we've always associated with Anonymous have been claiming that they don't support these claims.

It's hard to speculate about what may or may not happen when it comes to Anonymous' actions, as it's not a group of people sat in an office somewhere all scheming like Bond villains. Instead they're an elusive "collective" who often come together for certain causes, but in many ways still exist as individual entities.

[Thumb image via Anonymous]


anonymous-guy-fawkes.jpgHackers linked to the now infamous 'hacktivist' group Anonymous have begun a campaign to target child pornography websites known as #OpDarknet. The group has allegedly taken down more than 40 websites so far and it seems they don't plan on stopping anytime soon...

According to a Pastebin press release from the group, they warned the hosting companies beforehand, but when they took no action and continued to republish the content, they decided to take matters into their own hands. The group are particularly aiming to eradicate child pornography from those operating on the Tor Network, a super secure networking solution created by the US navy which obscures the identity of internet users.

The Tor Network's secure nature means that it's used by a range of different people, like those who share pirated material, but it also unsurprisingly attracts those wanting to view child pornography too.

The final 'demands' section of the press release makes it clear that the group are serious about continuing, as it reads:

"Our demands are simple. Remove all child pornography content from your servers. Refuse to provide hosting services to any website dealing with child pornography. This statement is not just aimed at Freedom Hosting, but everyone on the internet. It does not matter who you are, if we find you to be hosting, promoting, or supporting child pornography, you will become a target."

This most recent activity raises some interesting questions about whether online vigilantism should be seen as acceptable in certain circumstances, as many of those who criticised the actions of hackers earlier in the year are now applauding their efforts.

[Via ArsTechnica Image via Operation Paperstorm's Flickr]

hot-woman.jpgResearchers interested in online security with a picture of a hot woman (the one to the right, which is more just a drawing really, right?) and a lot of time on their hands found that more than 75% of IT professionals and hackers gave away random personal information to a fake person.

According to Jezebel, researchers from the security company Bitdefender made a number of fake profiles on various social networks which had the picture to the right as the main image. They then found 50 self-confessed hackers and 50 people working in the IT industry and tailored the fake woman's interests to theirs.

After a number of messages had been sent back and forth, the people that had been targeted revealed a LOT of really personal information. For instance, 84% gave away their phone numbers (tut, tut), 81% revealed their mother's names and 13% of IT pros and 7% of hackers even revealed their passwords. Urgh, what?!

It just goes to show that when people are talking to a pretty face (or think they are), even those who know a great deal about online security will reveal all kinds of sensitive information. I'm just a bit confused as to why the researchers didn't use an actual photo, I'd suspect they'd have found out even more.

[Via Jezebel]

lulzsec.jpgAfter a number of recent high profile attacks on websites, networks and databases across the globe, it seems that more than 97% of people in the UK are increasingly worried about the threat of more hacking in the coming months, and want both big businesses and the government to start taking much firmer action.

These statistics come from a report titled A New Age of Hackers, written by Professor Majid Yar a leading cybercrime expert alongside software company PC Tools, which explains that up until recently there's been an 'awareness gap' about computer crime, with most people assuming that they'd never fall victim to any kind of hacking because it just seems so unlikely. Now more people have witnessed all kinds of security breaches first hand, they're much more aware of what's going on, they now know what hacking actually is and are getting increasingly worried about becoming a victim themselves.

Unsurprisingly, this worry has been channelled into criticism of how large organisations dealt with problems at the time, with one in five Brits admitting they've lost trust in some of the big companies affected by the security breaches. One in six also believe that the government needs to be taking more responsibility to prevent future attacks and it shouldn't just be about these large organisations ramping up their security, they need help from other sources too.

Interestingly, Brits seem divided when it comes to the right approach to take when dealing with convicted hackers, 40% say they'd like to see the government issue tougher penalties, around 37% want big organisations to invest more money in security and around 38% want hackers to be forced to channel their talents in better ways. Hmm, not sure how that last one will go down among the hacking communities.

Professor Majid Yar explains that the "lock them up and throw away the key" approach is probably not going to work.

"The tougher penalty approach has its flaws. In reality, very few members of the public actually know what the penalties are for those convicted - which in the UK is up to 5 years in prison - or how few hacking incidents actually ever lead to arrest and conviction, since it is so difficult to identify those responsible."

And what are his tips for protecting ourselves if big businesses and the government don't listen?

"The most viable way to protect computer users from hacking are: better security, technological counter-measures and user precautions."

We may only find out if it's true on November 5 when we try to log into Facebook and find the site has collapsed, but in the meantime know that hacking group Anonymous have threatened to take down Facebook on November 5th, Guy Fawkes Day. And we're not just talking about an outage, by the sounds of things they want to wipe it off the face of the netz.

A video launching the threat to "kill Facebook" was pasted on YouTube - see below. We're not sure how genuine it is and to be fair, it's not really Anon style to post a video of an attack with a target and a date before they do it, I think they're likely to issue some veiled threat. However, let's take it at face value and look at why the hell these guys want to take down the website where people put their holiday photos.

Anonymous are mostly famous for their politically motivated attacks & boycotts on behalf of Wikileaks and their data dumps on police forces. They have been involved in supporting the Arab Spring too.

So why Facebook? They can't have run out of Middle Eastern dictators already can they? Turns out it's all about information control - see the three key claims they make below.
[NB: we can't substantiate these, but they are the allegations that Anon has made against Facebook in this video.]

Claim 1) FB sells your personal information to government agencies.

Claim 2) FB is passing over information about activists in Egypt and Syria. They offer clandestine access to members' information to security firms, who then pass the information onto governments including those in Egypt in Syria.

Claim 3) It's impossible to delete your Facebook account. They say that even if you delete your account, Facebook stores all the information and can pull it up at any time.

Anonymous acknowledge that we'd miss it: calling Facebook the "medium of communication [we] all so dearly adore."

My message to these guys: on balance Facebook does way more for social good and democracy than against it. Remember that Egyptian couple who called their child Facebook? It's been a force for good and Zuckerberg is not just in it for the money, he just likes playing around with this stuff. Also, when Twitter took down the Wikileaks account, Facebook kept their page up.

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Arrested teen hacker Jake Davis cut a defiant figure outside the City of Westminster Crown Court, wearing sunglasses and waving a science book at the massed photographers and press keen to see the human behind the hacker persona.

The Police are now certain that Davis was Topiary - a LulzSec ringleader responsible for many of their high-profile attacks including SOCA and The Sun, and also the group's flamboyant press releases and Twitter accounts.

Tweeter ShonaGhosh pointed out Davis' resemblance to Neo from the Matrix. It's those sunglasses isn't it. Damn that film for making hacking look cool.

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The book Davis was reading in custody was "Free radicals. The secret anarchy of science" by Michale Brooke (on Amazon)

The book is described on Amazon as blowing out the myths of scientists as rational sober experimenters.

"For more than a century, science has cultivated a sober public image for itself. But the truth is very different: many of our most successful scientists have more in common with libertines than librarians. This thrilling exploration of some of the greatest breakthroughs in science reveals the extreme lengths some scientists go to in order to make their theories public. Inspiration can come from the most unorthodox of places: Nobel laureates sometimes get their ideas through drugs, dreams and hallucinations. Science is a highly competitive and ruthless discipline, and only its most determined and passionate practitioners make headlines - and history. That's why fraud, suppressing evidence and unethical or reckless PR games are sometimes necessary to bring the best and most brilliant discoveries to the world's attention. In science, anything goes."

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[picture credit @tim from FT.com]

topiary-lulzsec.jpgJake Davis, now in court being charged for hacking the website of the Serious Organised Crime Agency, had the private details of 750,000 people stored on his computer police have said.

Apparently the 18 year old also wrote the fake Sun article claiming that Rupert Murdoch was dead, and splashed it on the front page of the paper's website when LulzSec hacked it two weeks ago.

He has been released on conditional bail and has another court hearing at Southwark Crown Court on 30th August, the same date 19 year old Essex LulzSec hacker Ryan Cleary will be in court.

Davis has been tagged and forbidden any direct or indirect internet access until that date.

In court he wore a black t-shirt and denim shirt, Charles Arthur of the Guardian reporting that he "looked like a young Keith Moon".

topiary-2.jpgLooks like the Americans will have to deal with a bunch of angry Scots if they want to extradite Jake Davis, the 18 year old from the Shetlands who acted as the frontman for hacking group LulzSec in their attacks on Sony, Fox News and The Sun.

Davis from Yell (one of the northernmost islands in the Shetlands) was arrested by British police last Wednesday and has been questioned in Scotland Yard. His name was released last night and he will be charged with five counts this morning including breaking the Misuse of Computers Act and encouraging people to break the Serious Crime act.

He has been picked up as a bit of a Scottish hero with supporters of Topiary have created the Facebook page Free Topiary decorated with a Scottish flag version of the goatse - a pretty horrible internet meme involving a stretched sphincter. That's it up there.

According to blogs he was an online chess fanatatic - and a "quiet, clever" boy who had become withdrawn and afraid of open spaces when a family member died when he was in his early teens. One supporter said:

"Obviously, Jake's persona appears to be much more powerful than the description his family and schoolmates are giving. All this about "getting the wrong guy" appears to be a pretty transparent joke that I'm sure Jake would find hilarious. The Jester and the Web Ninjas are no source to be trusted, and no sane person seems to have any good evidence refuting Jake Davis as Topiary.

"It may seem a bit counter-intuitive that a loner would have such a dominant online presence, but to me it makes sense. Having lived in a remote small town, having suffered from the same kind of withdrawal - I identify with Jake. I can't see how anyone else could be Topiary. He was my trolling friend, and I miss him."

Some of the charges he is facing could result in a 10 year sentence. It's possible that the American police will be interested in him because some of the LulzSec hacks were committed against American companies.

Some members of LulzSec still claim that the police have arrested the wrong Topiary.

9-christian-hackers.jpgBreaking bread isn't something you'd expect a bunch of hackers to do on a meet-up day. More like breaking CODE right? But we're talking about Christian hackers and these guys like to err Break the Bread together when they meet up to hack code and praise the Lord.

It's real. Look at this blog post describing a meet up a couple of months ago - April 2011:

"This event exists for the sole purpose for the Glory of God, and the fellowship of Christian hackers. The plan is simple: At Defcon 19, we break bread together in remembrance of Him.

"This event serves as an opportunity to meet fellow Christian hackers at the end of a conference many of us attend."

Of course there's no reason why hackers shouldn't be Christians. Hackers don't have to be pimply teenage boys with social problems (cf Ryan Cleary). They can be middle-aged women as we discussed the other day, and of course they can be men and women of faith too.

They're just people who like fiddling around with code, motivated by the desire to change stuff around.

What's interesting to me about this is that the event specifically combines the Christian bit and the hacker bit. Is there an overlap? Do Christians hack differently than non-Christians? Can you hack for the Lord?

We found it on the blog of Pinvoke who writes that he is a husband/father, a Christian and a "haXory Type". We'll send him a little email to ask some more questions.

If I were to draw a GENERAL CONCLUSION from this, I'd say that it shows that hacking and information control will be the big battleground of the next decade and that niche interest groups are increasingly making moves to be represented in there.

Just a thought.

UPDATED 1/08/2011
We got a nice email back from Andrew Wilson who organised the Meet-Up we quoted above. He explained a bit more about the Christian hacker ethos:

"Christian hackers have been around for quite some time, as likely, so have many other hackers who hold religious beliefs important in their lives. The organization "Christian Hackers" (www.christianhacker.org) has also been around for some time now, as a network of friends, and as a means of outreach to the community itself. I am not sure if that equates to "taken off" but there are quite a bit of us in this. Most notably, of course, is Johnny Long.

"As far as lifestyle goes, I am comfortable speaking for others: Christ is our identity-- not security, hacking, and or infosec. Most all of us are professionals with in this industry, working to better the place with our various gifts. As Christians, our actions should always strive to be a reflection of Christ himself-- so how we do business and give of ourselves is intrinsically different in it's motivation. But at a technical level, there are no differences."

"Hacking is not, in and of itself, a negative thing. It's often expressed as the curiosity of finding out how something works and modifying it for improvements or even to expose weaknesses (also for the sake of improvement). It's when people do this for their own profit at the expense of others (attackers / criminals) that it becomes negative. I would say the blackhat / attacker world is incompatible, but being a professional tinkerer is not."

9bitcoin.jpgAnonymous have turned to legal means to exert pressures on the websites and webservices that rouse their ire and have organised an online boycott of PayPal.

So far they claim 20,000 accounts have been deleted. It's retaliation for PayPal withdrawing the account of WikiLeaks back in 2010. Back then, they hit them with a DDoS attack, pointing out that PayPal are willing to host an account for the KuKluxKlan.

This time the Anons just want you to delete your account, and they're using their vast Twitter presence to get a movement going. Ideally using the form above. See their manifesto for #OpPayPal here. My problem is that I agree with Anonymous, but that PayPal is so damn convenient.

But if you're looking for an alternative to PayPal check out these five below, though none - yet - match PayPal for widespread presence on the internet and technical reliability. So be cautious.

1. Google CheckOut - okay, so we understand you don't want to give more of your details to Google, but this online payment system is backed by the biggest name on the web. And they do pay attention to security. They describe it as: "a faster, safer, and more convenient way to shop online"
checkout.google.com/

2. PopMoney
"Popmoney doesn't let you send money through its site at all - you can use it to send money only if your bank supports the service. For payments from someone who wants to use that service through their bank, you set up a Popmoney account." [pcadvisor]
https://www.popmoney.com

3. Amazon Payments
With another big company backing this one, Amazon Payments lets you use your stored Amazon details for shipping and payment across other sites on the web..
https://payments.amazon.com/sdui/sdui/index.htm

4. MoneyBookers
A UK company that lets you send and receive money and attach a credit card to your account. Reviews of it have so far been positive.
http://www.moneybookers.com

5. Bitcoin - for those who want to get out of the system completely (and avoid paying tax) bitcoins is the currency of choice for digital free-thinkers. Trade in your £s, $s or Euros for bitcoins and then trade and buy stuff in the currency. Not many places accept them yet, but look out for it.
Risks include sudden fluctuations in value.
http://www.bitcoin.org/

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Hackers are always characterised as teenage boys, but two of the hackers arrested for Anonymous/LulzSec crimes in the States are women. One of them is a middle-aged woman, 42 year-old Tracy Ann Valenzuela. The other is 20 year old Mercedes Renee Haefer.

Both of them have Hispanic-sounding names and are from California, according to this piece. Can anyone confirm any more details?

The FBI have apparently arrested 16 people in the US. There has been one arrest in London and several arrests in Holland as well. The charges seem to relate to the attacks on PayPal which were retaliation for the service ditching Wikileaks.

So, women in hacking. We knew there must be some. In some ways I'm quite pleased by the news, it's given me the opportunity to draw some hair onto the LulzSec icon. Though I'd love to know more about how she got involved and why.

They've popped up before - see the mysterious Kayla of Anonymous boards - who may or may not be a 16 year old girl. Iowa woman Laurelai Bailey was questioned by the police about her conversations on Anonymous message boards.

This is the list of names of people arrested so far:

Christopher Wayne Cooper, 23, aka "Anthrophobic"
Joshua John Covelli, 26, aka "Absolem" and "Toxic"
Keith Wilson Downey, 26
Mercedes Renee Haefer, 20, aka "No" and "MMMM"
Donald Husband, 29, aka "Ananon"
Vincent Charles Kershaw, 27, aka "Trivette," "Triv" and "Reaper"
Ethan Miles, 33; James C. Murphy, 36
Drew Alan Phillips, 26, aka "Drew010"
Jeffrey Puglisi, 28, aka "Jeffer," "Jefferp" and "Ji"
Daniel Sullivan, 22
Tracy Ann Valenzuela, 42
Christopher Quang Vo, 22

37-lulzsec-south-london-teen.jpgA 16 year old in South London has been picked up by the police for hacking crimes with the LulzSec group. It's the second time a British teenager has been arrested by the police for hacking offences - 19 year old Ryan Cleary from Essex was arrested and charged last month.

The FBI have been arresting Anonymous members in the states. The London teen is the only British arrest so far.

LulzSec made headlines yesterday with their hack of the Sun Online and the leaking of private log-in details of Sun employees on their website.

The teenager either goes by the name "iFlow" or "aslowslow" and is connected to both LulzSec and Anonymous according to the nakedsecurity blog.

"In addition, the UK's PCeU arrested a 16-year-old youth known aslowslow' in South London, on suspicion of breaching the Computer Misuse Act. The teenager is allegedly connected to hacks perpetrated by the LulzSec and Anonymous groups."

Related:
How important was Ryan Cleary in LulzSec?
LulzSec & Jonnie Marbles vs NewsCorp: Put the pies and the hacks away and leave it to Parliament

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I feel the same way about LulzSec hacking the Sun as I do about that pie terrorist Jonnie Marbles putting some cream in Rupert Murdoch's face in front of the Parliamentary Committee this afternoon.

Stop it and leave it to Parliament now.

Look - the ill-doing has been masterfully exposed (by the Guardian) and we're now dealing with the consequences: Rupert Murdoch, The Sun, the British Tabloid press are in deep shit. Journalism in Britain will probably never be the same again. Criminal proceedings are underway

These guys are down. Authorities in 2 countries are

We don't need them to be victimised by silly teenagers making lols who turn these powerful ball-breakers into poor victims. Now everyone's like "aw, poor old Rupert Murdoch" & "isn't his wife Wendi like a ninja" - and it's really counter-productive because it distracts from the actual problem.

The LulzSec hack of the Sun Online was timed to get maximum attention coming just the night before Rupert Murdoch faced the UK Parliament. They diverted traffic to the Sun to a mock-up site they'd made with a front-page splash about how Murdoch had committed suicide through a gruesome drugs overdose. Then they splurged the phone numbers, email addresses and passwords of Sun employees all over Twitter. It got the hacking group a lot of attention. Just like the young pie comedian Jonnie Marbles or Jonathan May-Bowles who has probably got more attention now than he ever will have in his life, again. Anyway.

The hacking group who claimed responsibility for attacks on the CIA and Sony claim to have some high-faluting goals about press freedom and freedom of information which I applaud, but I don't see them in action in stuff like this.

These guys are already in the mud. They're caught. Go for the ones who haven't yet been caught, the governments or media barons who are still flaunting their control - in Britain, America, the Middle East, China? Or just the Daily Mail? eh?

But that's exactly the point. LulzSec's decision to hack-and-attack comes on opaque criteria. There is no democracy or law which decides what or who their next target will be. It's currently a bit more mob violence than Robin Hood. At least Robin Hood had some kind of "rob the rich" principle going on and a purpose for it - "to feed the poor".

Go for big boys who haven't been done yet, or work with investigators like Wikileaks to work out to free hidden information. These sort of stunts - and releasing the personal information of Sun employees is too vigilante, and is getting in the way

I say this because I like LulzSec and I like what I think they stand for. But they need a bit more coherence. And no pies. No pies anywhere.

Thoughts?

the sun.png LulzSec, the computer hacking collective thought to have disbanded after hitting a string of high profile targets including Sony, have returned to strike at News International in protest at the recent phone hacking scandal.

Targetting The Sun newspaper's website, the group redirected the tabloid's homepage to a fake story reporting the death of News International owner Rupert Murdoch complete with typo in the headline (Media moguls body discovered). It claimed the media mogul had died from a drug overdose. The Sun website is now back up and running with official content! Lulzsec also redirected the paper's official Twitter feed to the groups @LulzSec account.

"We have owned Sun/News of the World - that story is simply phase 1 - expect the lulz to flow in coming days," threatened the LulzSec Twitter feed before jokingly adding:

"Hello everyone that wanted to read The Sun! How is your day? Good? Good."

It's not merely faked news stories that LulzSec are touting however. They claim to have nabbed plenty of personal information on News International employees, with the group posting The Sun journalists phone numbers online, as well as email details of former News International chief Rebekah Brooks.

LulzSec claim to have plenty more sensitive information to share too, so expect to see more headaches for News International head online in the coming hours and days.

Via Tech Digest, Tech Crunch

25-anonymthumb.jpgScrew the Google plus invites. The hot new social network could be AnonPlus -a social network for hackers which anyone is welcome to join.

Spurred on by Google pulling the Anonymous G+ page and Gmails, Anonymous have decided they're going to have to make their own social network if they want to communicate and organise online. In keeping with their open ethos, they want to make an open social network, open to hackers and non-hackers.

We have a hunch that it won't be the place you put your holiday snaps, but we do love the sound of it.

Social networks have proved their worth in organising crowd movements - Twitter with the News Corp scandal and Facebook with the revolts of the Middle East. A network could give the Anonymous movement a structure which could turbo charge its power to organise things, whether that's making lolcats or illegally hacking governments and multinationals.

It could also make members more vulnerable to being caught.

Though we uh take it that the profiles will be anonymous?

It would also be fascinating to see what a crowd-sourced social network would look like. What will features include?

[via Gizmodo]

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