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Anonymous, LulzSec Dump Data from 70 Sheriffs' Offices

Aug. 8, 2011 — eWeek, by Fahmida Y. Rashid

 

"Anonymous continued its attacks against law enforcement agencies to protest recent arrests of Anonymous members and Topiary by breaching a third-party marketing firm hosting 70 law enforcement Websites."

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2011 has been dubbed by some as the year of the hacker. This collection covers insights on LulzSec and Anonymous cyber attacks.
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Our Take: Even in a Culture of Hackers, Trust Is Possible in the IaaS Enterprise Cloud

Despite our current culture of hackers, trust is still attainable for the IaaS enterprise cloud. More than traditional security practices are needed to assert that trust and augment a positive relationship between you and your hosting provider.

 

The bottom line: Enterprises need to protect their data by working with a cloud provider they can trust to protect mission-critical data and infrastructure as it relates to security, reliability and availability. Here’s what to look for:

 

* Tested disaster recovery plans in the case of cloud outage or disruption to services, preventing loss of critical data and closing windows of opportunity for hacking.

 

* Continual monitoring and assessment of the risks of the cloud and how it relates to your enterprise's risk tolerance. Infrastructure hosts should provide detailed planning and reporting on data/application privacy, authenticity of technology and users, and complete supply chain integrity.

 

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Anonymous, LulzSec Dump Data from 70 Sheriffs' Offices

Aug. 8, 2011 — eWeek, by Fahmida Y. Rashid

 

"Anonymous continued its attacks against law enforcement agencies to protest recent arrests of Anonymous members and Topiary by breaching a third-party marketing firm hosting 70 law enforcement Websites."

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Researchers: Anonymous and LulzSec Need to Focus their Chaos

Researchers: Anonymous and LulzSec Need to Focus their Chaos | Cyber Security Threats: Assess and Manage Risk | Scoop.it

Aug. 6, 2011 — Wired | Threat Level, by Kim Zetter

 

"The online vigilante groups Anonymous and LulzSec are weakening their cause with scattershot attacks and need to get more intelligent and focused, according to a panel of computer security experts at the DefCon hacker conference in Las Vegas.

 

'We have an opportunity to not just cause chaos, but to cause organized chaos,' said Josh Corman, director of security intelligence for Akamai, who said the groups are burying their message in noisy denial-of-service and SQL attacks. 'I’m suggesting the actions in pursuit of their own goal compromise their goal. There’s a way to render more specific what they want to accomplish.'"

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LulzSec and Anonymous Are the Least of Your Hacker Worries

LulzSec and Anonymous Are the Least of Your Hacker Worries | Cyber Security Threats: Assess and Manage Risk | Scoop.it

July 25, 2011 — CNN Money Tech, by David Goldman

 

"Hacktivists like LulzSec and Anonymous make lots of news, and their criminal acts should be taken seriously. But in the truly grand cyber crime ecosystem - their ability to do damage is limited."

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Cyber Experts: Espionage, APTs, Malware among Most Dangerous Cyber Threats

Cyber Experts: Espionage, APTs, Malware among Most Dangerous Cyber Threats | Cyber Security Threats: Assess and Manage Risk | Scoop.it

The New, New Internet: Cyber Frontier, by Camille Tuutti

 

"Although cybersecurity experts have their separate ideas on what the most pressing Internet security concern is, they generally agree on one thing: The threat landscape is evolving into more attacks of increasing sophistication.


Here, 10 industry insiders offer their insight into what they believe are the most dangerous cyber threats, ranging from social engineering to cyber espionage."

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LulzSec Resurrected to Attack Murdoch

LulzSec Resurrected to Attack Murdoch | Cyber Security Threats: Assess and Manage Risk | Scoop.it

July 19, 2011 — Netword World, by Tim Greene

 

"The hacker group LulzSec came out of retirement Monday to hack Rupert Murdoch's The Sun website and threatened to reveal emails from Murdoch's News International.

 

The group claimed to have root control over some Sun servers, and successfully diverted Sun-site visitors to LulzSec's Twitter account, where they were greeted with the tweet, 'WE HAVE JOY WE HAVE FUN, WE HAVE MESSED UP MURDOCH'S SUN.'"

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Hackers Claim Apple Security Breach

July 4, 2011 — Financial Times, by Joseph Menn and Maija Palmer

 

"A hacking group has claimed it breached corporate security at Apple and has published what it said were two dozen administrator names and apparently encrypted passwords for a server at the US technology group.

 

The data was not linked to the more than 200m customer credit cards stored on the iTunes online store. The server collected survey information and therefore might have only limited use for criminals."

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Cyber Terrorist Organization Revealed

Cyber Terrorist Organization Revealed | Cyber Security Threats: Assess and Manage Risk | Scoop.it

June 22, 2011 — Common Sense Central

 

"They hacked the CIA. Sony Pictures. Fox. They are responsible for the personal data of millions of people being exposed. They are "LulzSec."

 

The description from the group's Wikipedia page: a computer hacker group that claims responsibility for several high profile attacks, including the compromise of over 1,000,000 user accounts from Sony in 2011. The group also claimed responsibility for taking the CIA website offline. It has gained attention due to its high profile targets and the sarcastic messages it has posted in the aftermath of its attacks.

 

The FBI, along with EU authorities, seem to have nabbed the mastermind."

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How a Hacker Mastermind Was Brought Down by His Love of Xbox

How a Hacker Mastermind Was Brought Down by His Love of Xbox | Cyber Security Threats: Assess and Manage Risk | Scoop.it

Aug. 16, 2011 — Gawker, by Adrian Chen

 

"If you're a hacker, you can't trust anyone. Even the fellow gamers in an Xbox forum. That's how an 18-year-old leader of the notorious hacking group Lulz Security got tripped up, according to one of his comrades."

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Hacking: What if Anonymous targeted you?

Hacking: What if Anonymous targeted you? | Cyber Security Threats: Assess and Manage Risk | Scoop.it

Aug. 15, 2011 — Salon.com, by Douglas Thomas

 

"The "data dump" is hacking's new frontier. But this weapon against official secrets affects individuals, too.

 

... It appears to be a new movement -- releasing huge collections of sensitive data with the goal of rendering government actions transparent to the public, or simply in retaliation for a policy the hackers disagree with. On Sunday, Anonymous hacked into computers for the San Francisco metro service Bay Area Rapid Transit and released personal data belonging to more than 2,000 customers. That was in response to BART shutting down mobile phone service on trains one day last week to prevent protesters from organizing. (Don't blame us, Anonymous said. Blame BART for not keeping the information hack-proof.)"

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LulzSec, 'Anonymous' May Win Grand Prize at Hacker Convention

LulzSec, 'Anonymous' May Win Grand Prize at Hacker Convention | Cyber Security Threats: Assess and Manage Risk | Scoop.it

July 27, 2011 — FOX News

 

"The computer hacking community is gearing up for its own version of the annual Oscars, with two notorious hacktivist groups and industry heavyweight WikiLeaks among those vying for the top award.

 

Infamous hacktivists Anonymous and spinoff group Lulz Security or LulzSec are among those nominated for “Epic 0wnage” -- an award for delivering the most damaging, widely publicized or hilarious hack of the past year."

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How LulzSec hacked the Sun's Website

How LulzSec hacked the Sun's Website | Cyber Security Threats: Assess and Manage Risk | Scoop.it

July 19, 2011 — The Guardian (UK), by Charles Arthur

 

"Weakness in disregarded server was used to gain access to News International systems and then redirect traffic to fake web page, and then to LulzSec's Twitter feed.

 

The LulzSec attack on News International's systems to redirect readers from the Sun to a fake story, and to try to get at its internal email store, appears to have been two-pronged."

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Virtual Attacks Call for Virtual Preparation, Pentagon Says

Virtual Attacks Call for Virtual Preparation, Pentagon Says | Cyber Security Threats: Assess and Manage Risk | Scoop.it

June 20, 2011 — InfoTECH Spotlight, by Rich Steeves

  

"... Now, the Pentagon has contracted with two different research companies to create a virtual training ground to prepare our nation’s defenses for cyber attacks.


... Well, the U.S. government thinks that cyber terrorist groups like Anonymous and LulzSec are not playing games, especially in light of recent attacks against Citi’s databases and even the CIA.

 

In order to properly prepare the country’s cyber defenses to counter these cyber attacks, the U.S. government has set aside $130 million to create a fake Internet for the purposes of simulating responses to various forms of cyber assault."

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LulzSec Hacker Group Urges New Cyberattacks

LulzSec Hacker Group Urges New Cyberattacks | Cyber Security Threats: Assess and Manage Risk | Scoop.it

June 26, 2011 — New York Times, by Riva Richmond

 

"Facing increasing pressure from law enforcement agencies over its brazen computer attacks, the small group of hackers known as Lulz Security announced over the weekend that it would disband.

 

But security experts said on Sunday that the dissolution of the group might not signal an end to the attacks, which have hit dozens of Web sites, including those of prominent targets like the Central Intelligence Agency, the United States Senate, the Arizona state police and Sony."

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Anonymous Claims LulzSec Members, Steps Up Attacks

Anonymous Claims LulzSec Members, Steps Up Attacks | Cyber Security Threats: Assess and Manage Risk | Scoop.it

June 27, 2011 — CIO, by John Ribeiro

 

"The decision by computer hacking group LulzSec on Saturday to fold operations may be helping another online group, Anonymous, which stepped up attacks over the weekend."

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LulzSec's Latest Exploit Underscores Danger of Reusing Passwords

June 17, 2011 — FierceCIO:TechWatch, by Paul Mah

 

"Internet hacking group LulzSec continued its streak this week with the theft of 62,000 email addresses and passwords from Writerspace.com. ... LulzSec promptly posted the pilfered data online, challenging criticisms with the assertion that hackers who keep "silent" are more dangerous."

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