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« on: June 09, 2011, 03:10:48 pm »

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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2011, 10:34:01 am »

'Anonymous' Warns NATO: 'This Is No Longer Your World'

NATO has poked the bear of the internet (which responded by announcing that it's actually a hydra).

Anthropomorphic confusion aside, a NATO security report about "Anonymous"—the mysterious "hacktivist" group responsible for attacks on MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, Amazon and, most recently, Sony—has led the underground group to respond by cautioning NATO, "This is no longer your world. It is our world - the people's world."

Read more: http://techland.time.com/2011/06/10/anonymous-warns-nato-this-is-not-your-world/#ixzz1PGUHAmFm

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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2011, 04:20:57 pm »

LulzSec hacks Ariz. state police computers

By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, Matt Haldane and Shaun McKinnon, The Arizona Republic

Updated 6h 3m ago

PHOENIX — Computer experts are trying to determine how an international group of hackers broke into the Arizona Department of Public Safety's computers Thursday and downloaded and released hundreds of law-enforcement files.

The group Lulz Security, which has taken responsibility for breaching websites of the CIA and U.S. Senate and hacking into Sony computers, said in a bulletin that it targeted the the state police agency because LulzSec opposes Senate Bill 1070, a law the Arizona Legislature passed that widened law-enforcement officers' ability to apprehend illegal immigrants. The law is largely on hold pending a Supreme Court review.

The files, posted on LulzSec's website, include personal information about officers and numerous documents ranging from routine alerts from out-of-state police agencies to videos and photos about the hazards of police work and operations of drug gangs. The names of the files are as innocuous as "resume" and "evaluation form" and as provocative as "cartel leader threatens deadly force on U.S. police."

In its Web posting, the group said the files were primarily related to U.S. Border Patrol and counterterrorism operations. The hackers vowed to release more classified documents each week as a way to embarrass authorities and sabotage their work.

In London, a 19-year-old who may have ties to LulzSec was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of involvement with cyber attacks on Sony and the CIA website, according to The Associated Press.

Steve Harrison, a state police spokesman, confirmed late Thursday that the agency's system had been hacked earlier in the day.

Experts are working on closing the loopholes and have closed external access to the system.

Harrison said the release of officers' personal information is alarming. This information included the names of eight officers, their spouses' names, cell-phone numbers and addresses.

"When you put out personal information, you don't know what kind of people will respond," Harrison said, noting that another officer was attacked at his home Thursday morning in an unrelated incident.

The only breach that the agency identified so far has been that of email accounts, the passwords of which were also posted online. The agency suspects most, if not all, of the information released was obtained via what was available on those accounts.

Although LulzSec claims some of the files were labeled "not for public distribution," Harrison said. The agency did not believe any sensitive information that would compromise current investigations was leaked.

Many of the files reflect the mundane concerns of law enforcement. Others offer insight into efforts to keep pace with rapidly evolving technology and the ways criminals take advantage of it.

Some documents also relate to the agency's effort to address issues of alleged racial profiling, stemming from a 2001 lawsuit that it agreed to settle. As part of that agreement, state police have continued to allow a university research firm to collect data on its officers' traffic stops.

Other documents included an intelligence bulletin about the leader of a Mexican drug cartel, an advisory from the Arizona Counter Terrorism Intelligence Center and Highway Patrol operational plans for responding to border threats.

According to news reports, the anonymous computer-hacking group has taken responsibility for breaching websites of the CIA, the U.S. Senate, the Public Broadcast System and numerous video-game companies.

LulzSec posts its exploits on Twitter and, as of Thursday, claimed more than 261,200 followers.

Aaron Sandeen, the state's chief information officer, said a national cybersecurity agency that monitors state websites notified his office of a potential breach and the site was shut down immediately.

The agency's information system is separate from the rest of state government, he said. No other state agency websites have been compromised, he said.

On Thursday afternoon, LulzSec taunted Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on his official account, saying, "Media? Heat? You?" The tweet included an expletive in Spanish aimed at the Border Patrol.

Sheriff's Deputy Chief Jack MacIntyre said the Sheriff's Office is taking "some countermeasures" with the agency's IT system.

"We will be cooperating with DPS to make sure that we minimize any possible impact," he said. Asked if the sheriff's computer systems had been compromised, MacIntyre responded, "We don't think so, we're looking at that."

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2011-06-24-arizona-state-police-hacked_n.htm
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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2011, 04:31:06 pm »

Lulz Security pwns and owns Arizona law enforcement
Posted on Jun 23rd 2011 by Trent Nouveau

Lulz Security has published sensitive data hacked and extracted from Arizona law enforcement networks.

Released under the banner of "Chinga La Migra Bulletin #1," the information includes hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training manuals, personal email correspondence, names, phone numbers, addresses and passwords.

Lulz Security pwns and owns Arizona law enforcement"We are targeting AZDPS specifically because we are against SB1070 and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona," the  group explained in an official communiqué.

"The documents classified as 'law enforcement sensitive,' 'not for public distribution,' and 'for official use only,' are primarily related to border patrol and counter-terrorism operations. [They] describe the use of informants to infiltrate various gangs, cartels, motorcycle clubs, Nazi groups and protest movements."

LulzSec added that it planned a weekly release of classified documents and "embarrassing personal details" related to both military and law enforcement.

"[This will be done] in an effort not just to reveal their racist and corrupt nature but to purposefully sabotage their efforts to terrorize communities fighting an unjust 'war on drugs.'

"Hackers of the world are uniting and taking direct action against our common oppressors - the government, corporations, police, and militaries of the world. See you again real soon!"


http://www.tgdaily.com/security-features/56833-lulz-security-pwns-and-owns-arizona-law-enforcement

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« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2011, 04:36:10 pm »

Hacker civil war breaks out

Posted on Jun 24th 2011 by Emma Woollacott

A rival hacker group is working on exposing the identities of LulzSec members, following a spat over, amongst other things, the artistic and technical merits of their respective attacks.

TeaMp0isoN is believed to be connected to the pro-Palestinian Mujahideen Hacking Unit and to be responsible for a Facebook hack in December in which 15,000 pages were taken down.

But one member's taken exception to dismissive comments from LulzSec about his age - apparently, he's just 17. In response, he mocks LulzSec for using pre-existing tools and scripts to grab databases, and says he's going to release information on the group.

"TeaMp0isoN Issue 2 is coming out VERY soon exposing lulzsec members (pictures, addresses, passwords, ips, phone numbers etc.... not so anonymous anymore are you? lets hope that you can swim because the lulzboat just got titanic'd," he says.

The group describes itself firmly as blackhat, and says it's not associated with the FBI in any way.

"We didnt do this because lulzsec hack other people, we did this because lulzsec/anon are scene fags running around thinking they are ug," says the group on its Twitter feed.

"Were just fed up of people thinking anon/lulzsec are hackers when clearly they are just DDoSers and SQLi skids."

While some news media have reported that TeaMp0isoN is based in the Netherlands, the group's firmly denied this.

"no idea why people think we are dutch :L - 2 of us are from UK - and 1 is from USA - thats all ul ever know," it says.

http://www.tgdaily.com/security-features/56834-hacker-civil-war-breaks-out
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« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2011, 10:29:43 pm »

LulzSec and Anonymous unite for Operation Anti-Security

The two hacktivist groups join forces to push their government transparency and Internet security agendas.

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/lulzsec-and-anonymous-unite-for-operation-anti-security/
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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2011, 01:24:59 pm »

Anonymous, LulzSec vow to hack on

Jaikumar Vijayan | July 21, 2011

In a defiant statement addressed largely at FBI director Steve Chabinsky, members of the Anonymous and LulzSec hacktivist groups vowed to continue with their hacking campaigns and dared law enforcement to try and stop them.

The statement comes just two days after the FBI arrested 14 alleged members of Anonymous in connection with a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against PayPal last year.

The immediate provocation appears to have been some comments made by Chabinsky in a NPR report following the recent arrests.

In it, Chabinsky is quoted as saying that chaos on the Internet is unacceptable. "[Even if] hackers can be believed to have social causes, it's entirely unacceptable to break into websites and commit unlawful acts."

In their response, posted on Pastebin.com , Anonymous and LulzSec members claimed their hactivist campaigns were motivated by a desire to expose what they described as lying governments, corrupt corporations and powerful lobbyists.

"We will continue to fight them, with all methods we have at our disposal, and that certainly includes breaking into their websites and exposing their lies," the letter said.

"We are not scared any more. Your threats to arrest us are meaningless to us as you cannot arrest an idea," the groups claimed. The two groups claimed they were acting like bandits only because they were forced to. "The Anonymous bitchslap rings through your ears like hacktivism movements of the 90s. We're back -- and we're not going anywhere."

Given the highly decentralized and loosely organized nature of the two groups it's hard to say how much of the content in the letter is bluster, how much is real or even how much it represents the true sentiment among members.

Certainly both Anonymous and LulzSec have demonstrated their ability to strike at what appears to be pretty much at will and pretty much against any target.

Just today for instance, Anonymous released a 36-page restricted document that is claimed to have obtained by breaking into a Web server at North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) .

In a Twitter message, the group said that it has 1GB of material from NATO which it would not release because it would be irresponsible.

Over the last week, both groups have claimed credit for breaking into Rupert Murdoch's media sites. In one attack LulzSec compromised DNS servers at News International so that visitors to the group's Sun tabloid site were redirected to a fake story proclaiming Murdoch's death.

And in recent weeks and months both Anonymous and LulzSec have claimed responsibility for breaks-in at military contractor Booz Allen

 Continued: http://www.computerworld.com.sg/tech/security/anonymous-lulzsec-vow-to-hack-on/?page=2
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« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2011, 09:19:22 am »

Hacktivist Anonymous To Hold "Day Of Vengeance" In US Saturday

Thursday, September 22, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO -
Hacktivist group Anonymous is planning to hold a special "Day of Vengeance" in several US cities on Saturday, including New York. It was unknown if Detroit would be subject to cyberattack.

Late last night, Anonymous--or at least people claiming to be from Anonymous--posted a press release on Pastebin, saying that Saturday will be marked by peaceful protests in cities across the U.S. combined with cyberattacks on "various targets, including Wall Street, Corrupt Banking Institutions, and the New York City Police Department."

Anonymous didn't say the cities in which the protests will be held, though New York would seem to be an obvious guess, CNET News.Com reported.

Anonymous' decision to release its "communique" and call for a Day of Vengeance is a response to the recent New York City "Occupy Wall Street" demonstration. Last week, about 1,000 people from various groups descended on Lower Manhattan to protest the corporate world's close ties to American politics. The protesters were urged by the "Occupy Wall Street" organizers to "flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months."

In last night's release, Anonymous criticized how those protesters were handled, saying that they "faced phalanxes of heavily armed paramilitary police officers from local and federal jurisdictions." Although some protesters were arrested last week, Anonymous' real issue with the events came on Tuesday when, the organization claims in its release, police used "excessive force against and arresting innocent peaceful protesters, several of whom were abused and injured."

"Anonymous & the other cyber liberation groups around the world together with all the freedom loving people in the USA will NOT stand for this," the release reads. "We will peacefully yet forcefully resist the abuses of the NYC Police Department."

However, it appears that the protesters have been largely left alone. Just yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that only 20 protesters have been arrested since they started their efforts.

Although it's possible that members of Anonymous have taken issue with the NYPD's handling of protests in New York City, it's quite difficult to determine if the latest release speaks for a large portion of the organization's members. Anonymous is, by design, a loose organization of people fighting for causes they believe in, which means there is no clear hierarchy to the group. So, determining if a given announcement speaks for one member or all members, is nearly impossible to decipher.

Even so, Anonymous has been very successful in launching cyberattacks. Just last month, the group claimed that it had hacked into the DNS servers of Symantec, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and several other major organizations. The group has also allegedly been involved in attacks on government organizations, taking aim at the Tunisian government Web site and the city of Orlando.

But all of those attacks haven't come at a cost. Over the last several months, a host of alleged Anonymous members have been arrested around the world. Earlier this month, 14 alleged Anonymous members plead not guilty to felony charges of hacking and conspiracy.

Through it all, Anonymous has kept a brave face, saying that even if authorities arrest some of its members, there are still others ready and willing to take their place.

"We are Anonymous," the group's slogan reads. "We are everywhere. We are legion. We never forget. We never forgive."

Source: http://www.mitechnews.com/articles.asp?id=13689
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« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2011, 02:31:10 pm »

Greetings government of Israel,

As the world has witnessed today your Navy soldiers boarded the vessels which were en-route to the Gaza Strip, attempting to break the illegal maritime security blockade placed by you to hurt the people of Gaza in the name of counter terrorism.

Two Irish-Canadian flotilla ships - Canadian Tahrir (Liberation), and the Irish Saoirse (Freedom) - with 27 passengers from nine countries on board were approaching Gaza in a peaceful and humanitarian mission. They were not inside Israeli territories, and are not carrying any weapons. These boats were captured by your navy exactly at 15:59 Gaza Time; the vessels were about 35 NM outside Gaza, which is INTERNATIONAL WATERS at the time of capture. This is a clear sign of piracy on the high seas. Furthermore, UN resolution 3005 states, that all resources (so also the sea) and natural wealth falls under the control of residents of Gaza.

Your actions are illegal, against democracy, human rights, international, and maritime laws. Justifying war, murder, illegal interception, and pirate-like activities under an illegal cover of defense will not go unnoticed by us or the people of the world.

We do not tolerate this kind of repeated offensive behavior against unarmed civilians. We along with 127 countries recognize Palestine as a state for people of Palestine and such acts by you and your military are acts of war against another sovereign nation.

If you continue blocking humanitarian vessels to Gaza or repeat the dreadful actions of May 31st, 2010 against any Gaza Freedom Flotillas then you will leave us no choice but to strike back. Again and again, until you stop.

We are Anonymous,
We are legion,
We do not forget,
We do not forgive,
Expect us.
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« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2012, 08:18:02 pm »

Anonymous strikes back

Sunday, Jun 3, 2012 08:00 AM CDT

Salon exclusive: A D.C. computer executive thought he could outwit the hacker collective. He was very, very wrong

Excerpted from “WE ARE ANONYMOUS: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency” by Parmy Olson.

http://www.worldmeditationday.com/2011/04/a-marvelous-global-meditation-video/
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