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The Dark Arts: Meet the LulzSec Hackers (hackaday.com) 63

szczys writes: Reputations are earned. When a small group of hackers who were part of Anonymous learned they were being targeted for doxing (having their identities exposed) they went after the would-be doxxer's company, hard, taking down two of the company websites, the CEO's Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, and even his World of Warcraft accounts. The process was fast, professional, and like nothing ever seen before. This was the foundation of Lulz Security and the birth of a reputation that makes LulzSec an important part of black hat history. Good companion piece and update to some of our earlier posts about the hack; that would-be doxxer was Aaron Barr.
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The Dark Arts: Meet the LulzSec Hackers

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  • Book coming out, movie?
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Black Hat II - For the Lulz

  • by Sowelu ( 713889 ) on Friday January 29, 2016 @06:06PM (#51399301)

    Yeah, I don't think I'd characterize anything like this as "professional".

  • So what? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 29, 2016 @06:08PM (#51399319)

    They counter-doxxed and hacked someone. Did that stop them from getting doxxed and arrested? If not, then big fucking deal. They still got owned. Owning him doesn't change that. And since they were the ones who were supposed to be anonymous, then:

    Aaron Barr: owned
    Lulsec: still owned and secret identities exposed to boot.

    In the Grand Battle of the Douchebags:
    Barr: 2 Lulsec: 1

    • But they hacked his WoW account!
      • But they hacked his WoW account!

        Damn, that would certainly ruin my entire life and cause me to spiral into a deep depression, culminating in madness and suicide. If I had a WoW account.

        • by tnk1 ( 899206 )

          Since an MMO like that keeps moving the goalposts, maintaining his character probably felt more like a job than his job. So losing his account could either mean he contemplated suicide, or alternately he blinked, looked around, and realized that perhaps he should shower, shave, and dust five years worth of Cheetos dust off himself and he lived happily ever after.

          Seriously, when they created Daily Tasks... I mean Daily Quests, it confirmed to me that I was sitting in a hamster wheel where I was logging in t

          • So losing his account could either mean he contemplated suicide, or alternately he blinked, looked around, and realized that perhaps he should shower, shave, and dust five years worth of Cheetos dust off himself and he lived happily ever after.

            I kind of felt that way when I quit WoW on my own accord.

            Or rather, it felt nice not having to make excuses to not go out 4 nights of the week because I was too embarrassed to admit that the real reason I didn't want to go out was because my raiding guild required 80% attendance. And that was even for what was a casual raiding guild that only did about 12 hours a week; I can't imagine what it must be like to go with a "hardcore" raiding guild that does 25+ hours a week (strangely enough, such a guild was on

  • Since "doxing" is still ignored by our juridical system, people who can help themselves will do so.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 29, 2016 @06:51PM (#51399673)

      Kinda.

      I recall when Anonymous attempted a campaign against Mexican druglords, and promptly changed their tune when faced with an organization that had no compulsions with killing to make their point. Anonymous is very selective in the targets they choose, mostly relating to people who either by law or reputation can't respond in kind. That isn't quite a failure of the legal system but more low level attacks puffing themselves to be more relevant that they are.

      LulzSec are at best an irritation with actual criminals having the good sense to operate more covertly.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Didn't this all happen awhile ago? I learned nothing new from reading the article and Wikipedia and other sites are more informative

  • From what I understand no one can be a part of 'Anonymous', you are whom ever you are and part of what ever group is participating and only conducting that political activist activity temporarily under the guise of 'Anonymous'. Any activity you participate it is your own responsibility and does not carry over to any other activity by others conducting their own political activist activity temporarily under the guise of 'Anonymous'(in terms of RICO a popular US interpretation of various activities, the crim

  • by Joe Gillian ( 3683399 ) on Friday January 29, 2016 @06:58PM (#51399727)

    From what I recall, the attack on HBGary was actually clever social engineering, emailing one of the secretaries for one of the executives pretending to be a high-up who needed his password reset. All they really did was use the stolen login credentials to get the emails and other data off HBGary's servers and then deface their website. The subsequent "hacks" were the result of Barr using a universal password.

    • by Anonymous Coward
      Social engineering is fundamental to hacking and universal passwords are both a joy and common. Go do the same and get back to me. Posting AC for the first time.
    • by wjcofkc ( 964165 )
      A secretary having the ability to reset passwords, especially at a security company is mind blowing. While I've never heard it that way, I am not saying you are misinformed. But if they had his password reset that means they didn't know any passwords to begin with. If one password reset led to computer\domain access and he had a file with his actual and now former domain password, and he was the CEO of a "security" company...? Damn that's dumb. I almost wrote "encrypted file" but I would not even have an e
  • I fail to see the fascination with that bunch of adolescent bullies and criminals that call themselves "Anonymous" in general or LulzSec in particular. They are assholes who think being a modern-times cyber lynch-mob makes them heroes.
    I hope the FBI gets them and they end up where they belong: in jail.

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