35 Anonymous hackers arrested: Are LulzSec next?

June 15, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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via International Business Times

With news of 35 alleged Anonymous members currently being detained by the authorities, many analysts have come to question just how long it will be until LulzSec finds itself in law enforcement agencies firing lines following its high-profile cyber attack on the U.S. Senate.

LulzSec’s activities

The group LulzSec has been around for some time, though it only really caught the general public’s attention last month when it began its ongoing war with tech giant Sony.

Since then the group went on to target numerous other games companies, including Nintendo and Bethesda Softworks.

It was only this week that the group returned to its previous habits of targeting government owned websites. First hacking the U.K.’s National Health Service and then, as reported earlier today, the U.S. Senate.

LulzSec first reported its attack on the U.S. Senate via a tweet on its Twitter page. As is its habit, the group went on to post the data it stole as a statement on its website.

Since the cyber security breach went public, officials at the U.S. Senate have clarified that the group only managed to break into the public portion of the Senate’s website. Senate representatives promised that LulzSec did not not manage to breach the firewall protecting the more sensitive portion of the network.

LulzSec’s post indicated a possible motivation for its attack as being the U.S. government’s recent policy of treating all cyber attacks in the same manner as a real-world attack:

“We don’t like the US government very much. Their boats are weak, their lulz are low, and their sites aren’t very secure. In an attempt to help them fix their issues, we’ve decided to donate additional lulz in the form of owning them some more!

“This is a small, just-for-kicks release of some internal data from – is this an act of war, gentlemen? Problem?”

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