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Thursday, 16 June 2011 11:55

Users divided on LulzSec attacks

Written by Nick Farell
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Only half of the world thinks they are funny
LulzSec latest wave of attacks split internet users as over half admit they find LulzSec internet attacks amusing. A post to LulzSec's Twitter feed  confirmed the outfit's participation in the attack on the CIA website yesterday, and is one of a long catalogue of attacks in the last few weeks by LulzSec.

LulzSec claims to be exposing security vulnerabilities in websites and organisations for "fun", but a poll conducted yesterday by Sophos discovered that internet users are divided in opinion. Namely, 43 percent say hacking into companies is no laughing matter, whereas over 50 percent find some amusement in the hacks.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos said that while some people think this is a fun game that can also help point out corporate security weaknesses, the truth is that companies and innocent customers are having their personal data exposed. He said that there was a responsible way to inform a business that its website is insecure, or that it has not properly protected its data. He finds it disturbing is that so many internet users appear to support LulzSec.

Crucially, a denial of service attack - like that which appears to have hit the CIA website - is against the law. You have to ask yourself if LulzSec has finally bitten off more than it can chew. After all, they've just poked a very grizzly bear with a pointy stick. LulzSec's cockiness may be their undoing," added Cluley.


Nick Farell

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+12 #1 HoloDust 2011-06-16 14:25
As somebody said elsewhere, when they disappear without arrest, trial or sentence the lulz will be on them.
 
 
+9 #2 gamoniac 2011-06-16 18:35
It's always easier to destroy and disrupt than to construct and contribute. An 10-year old child can throw a brick into the store window to cause turmoils. It does not mean he can build the store or run the business.

Likewise, it would take scores of people and months to build a house. It would only take a gallon of gasoline and a match to destroy it in minutes.
 
 
+5 #3 themassau 2011-06-16 19:04
@gamoniac
they shoudl try to hack the consoles some more maybe the devopers might see that the pc ins't that bad. so they burn it dawn that is deserved to be burned dawn. indi games shouldn't be hacked.
 
 
+4 #4 Ghost 2011-06-16 19:57
I've heard Fudzilla was hacked today by LulzSec. Is this true? :o
 
 
-5 #5 Jurassic1024 2011-06-16 21:51
im willing to bet the servers getting hacked are running Linux. if yes, Haw-Haw!
 
 
+1 #6 Twist3d1080 2011-06-16 23:02
I seriously doubt that anyone from LulzSec actually resides inside the US. So DDoSing the C.I.A. has less effect if they can't get to you as easily. Thats not to say Seal Team 6 or the rest won't "knock" on their doors if they are not careful.
 
 
0 #7 123s 2011-06-16 23:12
This guys are impressive, even the haters have to give them that.
 
 
-1 #8 loadwick 2011-06-16 23:30
Why doesn't he do something useful and hack a few banks and add some zeros to people's balances, they he will get people to like him!
 
 
+5 #9 youserzero 2011-06-17 00:56
Doesn't the EU have privacy laws that require companies to encrypt users private data?
 
 
+2 #10 loadwick 2011-06-17 08:50
Quoting youserzero:
Doesn't the EU have privacy laws that require companies to encrypt users private data?



Hence why he is called a hacker and not just a reader.
 

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