Hackers break into FBI Affiliates Network
Lulz Security, a hacking group which claimed responsibility for cracking servers of Sony, does not stop on what it achieved. Their new victims are already known: Nintendo Corporation and an FBI affiliate.
The hackers have switched to Japanese company Nintendo – another games and consoles maker. Tokyo headquarters of the corporation affirms that servers of its American affiliates have undergone to intrusion. Whereby Nintendo had emphasized that the hackers did not manage to get access to any user data, The Wall Street Journal writes. But the hackers did not stop upon this, causing the loudest news of the past week-end – hacking the site of an FBI organization partner.
The incident with Nintendo is much less serious, than in case with global Internet network of Sony PlayStation Network where the data of about 100 million users had been stolen. We remind that the hackers took names, dates of birth, mailboxes addresses and even information on bank cards of Sony users. This information has been published on the Internet later causing a huge damage of Sony’s reputation.
The hackers informed that they managed to get access to all data at the first attempt. “Why do you trust so much the company which permits itself to be in so far open for such simple attacks?” Lulz Security (Lulzsec) Group which has claimed responsibility for cracking of Sony servers questioned in its blog. The hackers attacked servers of Sony to prove its vulnerability. Earlier, the same group, according to its own recognition, had been arranging computer diversions in networks of PBS and Fox broadcasting companies.
Seemingly, the hackers themselves, concern their own activity as to entertainment. The following record has appeared on the Twitter-tape of the group of Internet robbers with a fun-loving name: “It is not clear why the PS3 users are dissatisfied (even after) they took a chance to get a blow and were rewarded by free games after a month”.
Lulz is an Internet meme, a derivative from either lol or laugh out loud – loudly to laugh, to have fun. According to the definition given by The New York Times in an article of 2008 dispersed on citations ”Trolls among us” (The Trolls Among Us), Lulz means “pleasure from infringement of someone’s empathy”.
Breaking of the American servers of Japanese Corporation Nintendo is not the most resonant “achievement” of the Internet robbers. Lulz Security has made it “simply for entertainment”, being warmed up before the operation with FBI on what it did missed to inform in its micro blog.
The hackers “went on the war-path” Digital Trends, an online release, writes. The Lulzsec claim states that the attack became the answer to recent statements of the Pentagon which suggested categorizing “some cyberattacks” to be acts of war.
As a result of breaking, more than 180 passwords and other personal data of Infra-Gard employees were caught at the hacker’s disposal. Hackers assert that they used one of the passwords to steal about thousand addresses of working and personal e-boxes. Right after the attack, made in the night from Friday to Saturday, on 4 June, these data have been laid out in open access on the Internet.
Paul Farley, the President of Infra-Gard, confirmed the fact of breaking and has declared that the company has not yet found out how it has occurred and how the passwords have been stolen. USA army servicemen, employees of the departments on protection digital data and of the large telecommunication companies were among the compromised users, Associated Press says.
A new cyber strategy of the Pentagon, provoked attack Lulz Security, has been published at the end of May. According to the conclusion of American security officials, computer diversions can be considered as an act of war aggression. The official position formulated in the document opens the USA an opportunity to mobilize power methods in response to cyberinvasion. Pentagon considers that failure of computer systems constitute threat for nuclear reactors, underground and pipelines not less dangerous than military operation of armed forces of the hostile state.
By the way, a successful attack to partners of the military department has not forced Lulz Security to distract from Sony, its favorite target. According to the data published in the micro blog, the hacking group once again has cracked the protection of one of the corporation’s resources.
Foreign technical blogs assume that the “war” initiated by Lulz Security, has only begun, and all of us should be waiting for the latest news about new attacks.