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Lulz Hack CIA, Senate Again, Take Requests

From a bemused Reuters:

CIA website goes down, hackers claim responsibility

By Jim Finkle
June 16, 2011

BOSTON (Reuters) – The public website of the Central Intelligence Agency went down on Wednesday evening as the hacker group Lulz Security said it had launched an attack

Lulz only made claims that it attacked www.cia.gov, and there was no evidence on Wednesday evening that sensitive data in the agency’s internal computer network had been compromised…

Lulz, whose members are strewn across the globe, announced the attack shortly before 6 p.m. East Coast time. "Tango down," the group Tweeted, pointing to www.cia.gov

Have you ever noticed that these cyber attacks are never carried out by right-wingers? The people the Obama administration have warned could become domestic terrorists? Why is that?

Also from Reuters:

Hackers again break into Senate website

WASHINGTON | Wed Jun 15, 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hackers broke into the Senate’s public website for the second time in a week but were prevented from getting any sensitive data, a security spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

The Senate’s website had also been hacked over the weekend, leading to a review of all its websites, in the latest embarrassing breach of security to hit a major U.S.-based institution.

This attack was similar in that hackers broke into the public site and downloaded information, said Martina Bradford, the deputy Senate sergeant at arms. The Sergeant at Arms Office provides security for the Senate…

If the hackers were looking for porn, they were attacking the wrong side of Congress. Mr. Weiner works in the the House Of Representatives.

Meanwhile, from ZDNet:

Lulz Security hackers launch telephone request line

By Rachel King | June 15, 2011

Lulz Security has become so infamous and knows it that the international hacker group is setting up a telephone request line

Now the “hacktivist” group has posted a hotline to its official Twitter page that fans or whomever can call and request whom they’d like to see hacked and/or taken down next. It sounds rather vicious, but popular nonetheless.

Lulz Security tweeted that it has already received 5,000 missed calls and 2,500 voicemail messages as of Tuesday night

All of which seems pretty brazen. Except that these hackers seldom face any real life consequences. So there is practically no risk entailed in being a ‘hacktivist.’

Lastly, again from Reuters:

ADP says investigating data breach

By Maria Aspan Wed Jun 15, 2011

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Automatic Data Processing Inc, the world’s largest payroll processor, on Wednesday said it had become the latest big financial company attacked by cyber criminals.

ADP is investigating a data breach affecting one of its corporate clients and said it is "taking measures to address the impact" of the breach. It did not provide specifics…

To be fair, this attack does not seem to have been carried out by the Lulz vandals.

In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the ADP was hacked by elements of the Obama administration who were trying to jack up the ADP’s job numbers.

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