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We knew they wouldn't stay quiet for long..

Anonymous have been accused of stealing data from US military contractors Booz Allen Hamilton - and then posting it on PirateBay. 90,000 e-mail addresses plus passwords, logins and other information were taken and posted on the public site.

Anonymous claim that the theft -termed Military Meltdown Monday - was a stunt to prove how weak the data privacy in place was - clearly a painful irony for a company that specialises in defence.

One of the goals of the AntiSec movement - founded by hacker groups Anonymous and LulzSec is to expose poor data privacy in big organisations. However, of course, it's a point that could be made in different ways.

In a document on the piratebay page, Anonymous list a series of other reasons they have singled out Booz Allen including an allegation that a U.S. Department of
Homeland Security contract with Booz Allen increased from $2 million to more
than $70 million through two no-bid contracts.

Arguably these guys have concerned about American governments, once again though, Anon are operating as the prosecutor, judge and jury with no regard for the people caught in the crossfire.

32-lulzsec-thumb.jpgObviously, they were doing it for their own entertainment, but they also like to claim they were doing it for ours too.

The lulz they made were meant to be shared and LulzSec had the most extrovert profile of any hacker group over the past few years. That included a twitter account followed by 288,000 people, coverage in all national newspapers and a flamboyant style that spread way beyond Fourchan. Their knack for sharing the lulz was probably what got them the hot attention of the FBI and Scotland Yard.. but at the very least, they made for a lot of discussion in their short 50 day existence.

Were you entertained by the LulzSec hacks? Or by their Twitter stream, videos and press releases at the very least? Paul Carr wasn't.

LulzSec signed off from the internet with some of the fine-flown rhetoric we've come to love and expect and someone has set their resignation note to an MGMT song and recorded it on Youtube.

Uploaded today, the video. It's from a user called MusicWavesMan who has previously posted a range of anti-government videos, videos about banks and Anonymous.

The text is taken from their sign-out message posted on pastebin last week. I think the MGMT backing track only adds to the fine qualities of a LulzSec release - high drama, grandiose claims and an insistence on the entertainment value of their cybercrime. These guys know how to make an exit. The use of the song "Kids" gives it a generational feel.

In the farewell message LulzSec claim they did it all "to selflessly entertain others", explaining further: "the chaotic thrill of entertainment and anarchy, it's what we all crave."

About a minute in, the voiceover goes into Lady Gaga style empowerment talk:

"even those middle-aged self-titled failures, you are not failures. You can get what you want and its worth having it."

It ends with a rallying cry to the #AntiSec movement and a repetition of the Anonymous philosophy - we are anonymous, we are legion, we do not forgive, we do not forget.

Lulzsec going out with a bang. Or rather lots of bangs. We expect some major explosions from them in the future..

What do you make of it? Were you entertained? Do you crave anarchy?

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I thought it was the CIA they were trying to change - but LulzSec have the journalism profession in their sights too. Not that they want to hack it and spill its data everywhere - at least they claim they don't - but they do want all those journalists to do their jobs better.

As a result they've sent out quite a lot of tweets instructing journalists in the way of good journalism.



British journalism, famously a bit more down and dirty than its American counterpart has come in for several lectures. Specifically the Sun...


But Hacker Group LulzSec denied that they'd hacked it or sister paper The Times.

5-lolsec-crosshair-thumb.jpgThe record industry and the police seemed to be what really got Ryan Cleary angry. The 19 year old hacker from Essex has just been charged with hacking the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

The police say he launched a DDoS attack on the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry in November 2010 and an attack on the Serious Organised Crime Agency SOCA on 20th June of this year.

At least he hasn't been charged with the Sony attacks, which must reduce his chances of being extradited to the States and facing the harsher American justice system.

The music industry has long been a target for hackers after their crackdown on peer-to-peer file sharing. Maybe he got annoyed at not being able to share some of the heavy metal music he apparently loved..

[via BBC]

25-ryan-cleary1.jpgMark Zuckerberg was named Time's Man of the Year in 2010, but sometimes those lonely nerds stuck in their bedrooms do stuff that's dangerous as well as powerful.

Papers have piled in to call 19 year-old Ryan Cleary a geek, and section him off as a weirdo. See the Mail's report which delved into Cleary's mental health issues and described him as someone who never left his room and had no friends. The Sun wrote him off as social misfit and a "heavy-metal fan".

To hackers however, he's a Julian Assange without the rape allegations. Though admittedly with less of a high-minded mission, because as repressive regimes go, Sony Playstation was hardly one of the worst and uh, the UK Census and the NHS aren't exactly evil empires.

At least Wikileaks was kind of taking on The Man by tackling military regimes and -arguably- it helped trigger the Arab Spring with its revelations about the Tunisian leading family.

But in the case of the Sony hack, the attack was sheer bravado. As far as I'm aware - no-one has made much money out of it and the main result is that Sony have lost a lot of money and have tightened their security procedures.

LulzSec are vandals, nihilists, but they have a strangely compelling story.

It's such a pirate narrative - the little randomers pulling off an audacious raid on huge organisations, though it seems that only one or two raids to date have resulted in any significant loss of data. They call themselves "pirates".. and I guess they have some of the glamour of Captain Sparrow about them, with a devilmaycare attitude to their own safety and all those around them.


But in the end, that fuck-you attitude catches up with you. Seemed like Ryan had been pissing off other hackers as well as the police organisations and millions of Sony customers. He got on the wrong side of Anonymous in 2008 and again in May this year. See our story here.

It could be that someone from Anonymous fingered Ryan in a leak to the cops, but his name was definitely out there already.

Troublemakers usually get what's coming to them...

The problem for Ryan is that the law forces will be dying for a scalp to hang, especially after the humiliation of having their own websites hit and the high-handed rhetoric from LulzSec on Twitter.

Personally I think they should employ him doing something useful rather than sending him to Guantanamo for the rest of his adult life. Though looks like Guantanamo won't be too much of a change for Ryan - judging from the state of his room in his mum's house in Essex...

Hackers are our era's pirates - feared, hated yet strangely admired for their mad exploits. And its the notoriety rather than the loot that motivates them..


Question: Why shouldn't you put tinfoil over your windows?
Answer: because it makes you look mental.

Especially after Scotland Yard arrest you for hacking multinational companies.

A photo of 19 year old hacker Ryan Cleary's bedroom has just been released. Key features include the covered up window, the air conditioner, a picture of two naked women mud-wrestling and a ginger cat.

The cat is great. The rest makes him look CRAZY.


Sounds like the FBI have been pulling server space right, left and centre in their attempt to clear LulzSec off the internet.

That includes wiping out servers that they suspect might have Lulz or Anonymous material on them. The only problem is that genuine companies are hosted on these servers too and they're getting taken out as well.

In particular, a server hosted in Switzerland was attacked at 1.15am early this morning. It meant that DigitalOne

The server also hosted websites for pizza places and real estate companies reports TechEye

The hosters hope to get their sites back up later today..

5-lolsec-new.jpgSome papers report him as a ring leader, LulzSec say he just hosted a few chatrooms and their website on his server.

But the real danger for LulzSec in Ryan's arrest will be the details that the FBI comb out of his computers and the information that he coughs up under questioning. That could lead to the big guys.

From what we can discern LulzSec seem to have more of a leadership structure than older hacking group Anonymous.

Cleary pissed off Anonymous on several previous occasions by trying to set up more of a leadership structure, according to this report in the Metro anyway. While the leadership and better organisation of LulzSec might have helped it achieve the more audacious raids and hacks that it seems to have pulled off, it has also made it much more visible and vulnerable to the police.

And we bet that the police are looking for targets to make examples of. We don't expect Cleary or any other LulzSec members to get off lightly...

5-lulzsec.jpgThe 19 year old Essex boy who has been arrested by the British police on the request of the FBI has been embroiled in hacker feuds before.

Ryan Cleary of Wickford Essex has been taken into a London police station for questioning about cyber crime. The police will want to talk about the huge hack of Sony earlier this year, attacks on the CIA and a possible though unconfirmed hack of UK Census data in past few days.

So far the group believed to be behind the attacks - LulzSec have denied that Cleary is anything to do with them. They said on their official Twitter:

"Seems the glorious leader of LulzSec got arrested, it's all over now... wait... we're all still here!"

Other places, state that he is associated with them and helps to moderate message boards for them.

It could be that Cleary has been turned over to the police by a rival hacker for upsetting other people in the hacking community. Looks like he did that a lot. He was fingered out by Anonymous in May 2011 for bad behaviour, and his personal details were published on a webpage by Anonymous as punishment for trying to force a change in the group's direction. Something that it seems he had been guilty of before back in 2008 when he was only 16, for attempting a DDos attack on Fourchan, the hackers' message boards site.

Even if Cleary isn't directly connected to LulzSec or Anonymous, the group's philosophy encourages other people to take part. So it's possible he or someone else could have acted separately to these main groups...

LulzSec in partnership with Anonymous have declared a widespread operation against governments called #AntiSec. This statement was put in pastebin, and has been tweeted by the official LulzSec account so we believe it to be genuine:

"Top priority is to steal and leak any classified government information, including email spools and documentation. Prime targets are banks and other high-ranking establishments. If they try to censor our progress, we will obliterate the censor with cannonfire anointed with lizard blood."

This is going to be great.

Looks like Cleary, was already guilty of pissing off Anonymous - which led to the spill of his personal details onto the internet

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