Friday, June 17, 2011

CIA, Senate hackers gleefully promise more - CNN.com

CIA, Senate hackers gleefully promise more - CNN.com

They've breached or busted the websites of the CIA, PBS and the U.S. Senate, and launched at least part of an extended attack on Sony, whose PlayStation Network was brought to a grinding halt for the better part of a month.

And, to hear them tell it, it's all for a laugh.

Meet Lulz Security, or LulzSec, the gleeful and secretive band of hackers who appear to be responsible for a string of high-profile and sometimes embarrassing Internet attacks.

Their most recent strike, and arguably the most ambitious, was a distributed denial-of-service attack Wednesday that shut down the Central Intelligence Agency's website for a couple of hours.

Analysts said the group appears to be some sort of spin-off of "Anonymous," the loose coalition of hackers that formed in support of whistle-blower site WikiLeaks.

But while Anonymous has its own set of moral codes and is largely politically motivated, LulzSec tends to be random.

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