LulzSec Hacks CIA, Releases Emails and Passwords

Posted by BBC News on Jun 16th, 2011 and filed under BBC News USA. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

The well known rogue hacker group, Lulz Security, is back yet again with claims of packet-flooding the CIA’s Web site and leaking another lengthy list of email addresses and passwords.

Subsequent their recent exploits using the U.S. Senate website, LulzSec has now made the CIA their target via a packet-flooding attack. While it’s highly unlikely that the CIA’s Website has any delicate data residing on it, the idea of such a high profile target being attacked is bad enough. To be fair, packet-flooding simply means they crashed the CIA’s server, but it can be a rather bothersome issue to network health if particular precautions aren’t taken. The key takeaway here is the target of the attack.

In the second tweet, their proclamation of their most severe exploit at this point is the release of internal details from Bethesda Software. The release included server admin configurations, admin staff and blog user hashes, server logs, and mappings of Arkane, Bethblog, Brink codes, Brink signups, IDSoftware, Rage, and more.

While far more data was released with the Bethesda attack, the reason the CIA attack is regarded as their biggest is because of who it is, thus the potential for repercussions.

The last LulzSec-released list of email addresses and passwords totaled 26,000, and they were all acquired via hacked pornographic sites. This time, they’re keeping quiet about the sources of this latest list of culminated addresses. Regardless of the sources, here are 62,000 email addresses and passwords just released.

Many users have taken to Twitter to let LulzSec know either how they have been attacked due to the leaked record, or how they have gained by exploiting the leaked information. Make no mistake, LulzSec is actually releasing this information into the hands of people with malicious intentions.

While neither of these latest activities were posted to LulzSec’s weblog as official releases, it’s clear that they mean on utilizing any and every avenue they can to show off their intrusions.

Lastly, while the image of a small group of persons comes to mind in regards to the make-up of LulzSec, there is increasing speculation that the group – along with the equally-notorious rogue hacker group, Anonymous – is actually made of of many people; perhaps thousands. If true, this makes the efforts of these groups much more difficult to stop. However, as entities like the CIA and the U.S. Senate are targets of these groups, we may all soon find out just what the make of these groups really is.

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