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Lefty Hackers Break Into Senate Computers

From a mixed emotioned Reuters:

Hackers break into Senate computers

By Diane Bartz And Thomas Ferraro Tue Jun 14, 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate’s website was hacked over the weekend, leading to a review of all of its websites, in the latest embarrassing breach of security to hit a major U.S.-based institution.

The loosely organized hacker group Lulz Security broke into a public portion of the Senate website but did not reach behind a firewall into a more sensitive portion of the network, Martina Bradford, the deputy Senate sergeant at arms, said on Monday

Lulz Security, who have hacked into Sony’s website and the Public Broadcasting System, posted online a list of files that appear not to be sensitive but indicate the hackers had been into the Senate’s computer network.

"We don’t like the U.S. government very much," Lulz Security said at the top of their release. "This is a small, just-for-kicks release of some internal data from Senate.gov – is this an act of war, gentlemen? Problem?"

The comment refers to reports that the military had decided that it could respond to cyber attacks from foreign countries with traditional military force

When this same group attacked PBS back in May, they said they were motivated by a desire to defend Wikileaks and Bradley Manning. So, no, they don’t like the US government very much. Indeed, we suspect that the government’s treatment of Pvt. Manning was the ultimate motivation for this attack.

But they is no cause for alarm. And this certainly is not ‘an act of war.’ It’s just good clean fun. After all, what harm has Wikileaks done?

The Senate has been the frequent target of hacking attacks, with tens of thousands thwarted each month, Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer told Reuters in early June.

Still, the break-in is just the latest in a series of embarrassing hacks against companies and organizations. The International Monetary Fund has been hit, as have Lockheed Martin Corp, Citigroup Inc, Google and Michaels Stores…

Lulz, which is Internet slang for ‘laugh out loud,’ has claimed hacks into websites owned by Sony Corp. It has also claimed responsibility for defacing the Public Broadcasting Service network websites, and for posting on Monday data from PBS servers to protest a "Front Line" documentary about WikiLeaks.

Lulz claimed credit for breaking into a Fox.com website and publishing data about contestants for the upcoming Fox TV talent show, "X Factor." Fox is a unit of News Corp.

Actually, this merry band of pranksters stole and posted 363 Fox employee passwords and the names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of 73,000 people who had signed up for audition information for the X-Factor.

Another loosely affiliated hacking group, Anonymous, gained prominence when it temporarily crippled the websites of MasterCard, Visa and PayPal after they cut off financial services to WikiLeaks.

Some say that Lulz is actually a spinoff of BChan’s Anonymous group. (A detail only reported by Fox, by the way.)

It has also attacked websites in Syria, Tunisia, Egypt and India for political reasons.

You see, these are just youthful idealists. They attack oppressive regimes. Which is why they support Wikileaks, which only leak secrets that hurt the US. So even in the unlikely event they are ever tracked down, these heroes will never be prosecuted.

After all, hating America means never having to say you’re sorry.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 14th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Lefty Hackers Break Into Senate Computers”

  1. Chase says:

    Hi-tech juvenile delinquency – same mindset, levels of intelligence, and grasp of realities.

  2. JohnMG says:

    Seems like a lot of trouble to go to just to get free pornography.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    Obama Brown Shirt Youth Program
    “Your tax dollars hard at work”

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