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News September 2, 2011 12:40 PM ET Computerworld - The U.S.
Congratulations to the Dateline NBC reporter who didn't register as press for Defcon and worked “undercover.”
By Agence France-Presse Saturday, August 6, 2011 18:15 EDT A hacker group on Saturday claimed it has “defaced and destroyed” websites at scores of US police agencies in retaliation for the arrest of suspected peers accused of hacking into the CIA, British crime agency SOCA, and Sony. The group called AntiSec — in reference to “anti-security” — said in an online post that it is backing its claim by releasing information it looted more than 70 local police agencies during cyber attacks.
LAS VEGAS — The online vigilante groups Anonymous and LulzSec are weakening their cause with scattershot attacks and need to get more intelligent and focused, according to a panel of computer security experts at the DefCon hacker conference in Las Vegas.
A group of online hackers says it has gained access to more than 70 law enforcement agency websites in the United States, obtaining emails, credit card information and other sensitive data in retaliation for the arrests of alleged members in the U.S. and England.
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Anonymous antics spark hacker feud
Following the arrest of Anonymous and LulzSec spokesman Jake Davis , aka Topiary, the London Metropolitan Police have issued an open statement via Twitter warning Anonymous hackers and supporters of the criminal charges they could face if caught.
As a loose collective of so-called "hackers" labeled Anonymous continues to cause mostly harmless chaos around the Internet, a symbol born from Alan Moore and David Lloyd's graphic novel V for Vendetta has become synonymous with the cause of radical transparency online. The Guy Fawkes-style mask worn by the character V was first used by Anonymous as way to publicly protest what they saw as the harmful indoctrination of Scientology, but has since evolved to encompass an entire movement that is as seemingly diverse as it is secretive.
The Metropolitan Police has taken to Twitter to warn would-be hacktivists exactly which laws they will break if they engage in any illegal hacking activity. In an unusual move, the force, which is home to the Police Central e-Crime Unit, posted a link to a Tweetdeck statement revealing that investigations into Anonymous and LulzSec are ongoing, and that it wants to "remind people of the law in this area". "Anyone considering accessing a computer without authority should understand that such acts are unlawful and can carry a term of imprisonment," the Met said.
JULY 19--Fourteen suspected members of "Anonymous" are named in an indictment unsealed today charging them with participating in an online attack against PayPal that was prompted by the company’s suspension of Wikileaks’s account.
But at least some of the suspects are not your typical hard-core hackers, judging from interviews with two of them and the online traces of others. Some did not bother to cover their digital tracks as they participated in what they saw as an online protest.
We’ve been documenting the people that were targeted in the cross country raids on alleged Anonymous members .
Italy's specialist police unit responsible for combating cybercrime suffered an embarrassing hack on Monday by members of the loosely knit Anonymous hacktivist galaxy. In a communique posted on Twitter, the hacker group claimed to have obtained more than 8 gigabytes of internal data from what it called the "Homeland Security Cyber Operation Unit in Europe" and said it would publish all the material it had obtained from its Italian branch. The group said it had "owned" the server of the National Center for Computer Crime and the Protection of Critical Infrastructure (CNAIPIC) of the Italian police and would be publishing the material via the LulzSec and Anonymous communities under its #AntiSec campaign.