LulzSec, a seemingly upcoming group of people intent on testing the integrity of an organisation's digital security, continued to push its collective luck over the weekend, breaking into US Senate computers and publishing the directory structure on its website Senate.gov.
Senate officials say LulzSec's hack didn't result in any kind of data loss. "The intruder didn't gain access into the Senate computer network and was only able to read and determine the directory structure of the files placed on Senate.gov," a spokesperson said in a statement released to the press.
The directory structure has been posted to the group's web site. In a statement included with the data, LulzSec said it hacked government sites because "we don't like the government very much."
The group is also responsible for hacks on FBI-related sites, Nintendo, Bethesda Softworks, ZeniMax, FinFisher, PBS' site (where it posted an article claiming late rapper Tupac Shakur was still alive), as well as at least a half-dozen attacks on Sony, and now The Escapist, and EVE Online as well as other websites.
The group claims that their strike against Escapist Magazine is 'causing chaos for sysadmins', to directly quote their Twitter account.
Perhaps more worrying than their attack against Escapist Magazine is their offer of 'attacks on demand', whereby they will target sites as requested by Twitter users. It may be a joke intended to frustrate those seeking to make the most of this opportunity, but it may be a genuine offer. Attempting to navigate to the Escapist Magazine website results in an error (at the time of writing, an 'Object not found' error), with the issue being that 'The requested URL was not found on this server'. At the same time as this article was being written, @LulzSec tweeted about having attacked EVE Online, a popular MMO title. Their tweet in relation to this is as follows:
We just wiped out the login server for Eve Online, and it accidentally took their website out at the same time: http://t.co/BgRuEoA
The group posted on their Twitter "Just sunk the Minecraft login server, looks like their website also got hit from overkill: minecraft.net not even firing at the site."
For Minecraft users, it's a sad day, and for Internet freedom, an even worse day. The inevitable outcome by governments to protect themselves and corporations from cyber-attacks will likely be reducing users' anonymity in hopes to reduce the number of cyber-attacks.
Kaspersky, has previously been quoted as saying "Everyone should and must have an identification, or internet passport. The internet was designed not for public use, but for American scientists and the US military. Then it was introduced to the public and it was wrong to introduce it in the same way." The quote could become a reality if the number attacks continue to grow with no real protective measures in place to protect such high value websites.
LulzSec later said via Twitter "Eve Online, Escapist Magazine and Minecraft are all down. We let Fin Fisher back up (30 minute temporary fire request completed!)" Followed by "Welcome to #TitanicTakeoverTuesday where everyone is laughing at crybabies getting Lulz Cannoned!"