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Hacktivist group Swagg Security releases log-in credentials for the electronics manufacturing giant and its customers, numerous servers taken offline.
By Mathew J. Schwartz InformationWeek
February 10, 2012 12:45 PM
Anonymous: 10 Facts About The Hacktivist Group
(click image for larger view and for slideshow) A new hacktivist group has breached servers owned by Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics manufacturer, and stolen usernames and passwords for numerous employees and customers.
The hacktivists, who call themselves Swagg Security–tagline: “hacking today for an entertaining tomorrow”–published the log-in credentials via Pastebin and BitTorrent. “Foxconn did have an appropriate firewall, but fortunately to our intent, we were able to bypass it almost flawlessly,” according to a statement released by the group in its Pastebin post.
Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that emerged from the Department of Homeland Security in November, Washington has written permission to collect and retain personal information from journalists, news anchors, reporters or anyone who uses “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.”
According to DHS, the definition of personal identifiable information can consist of any intellect “that permits the identity of an individual to be directly or indirectly inferred, including any information which is linked or linkable to that individual.”
As the Occupy movement fizzles out in many major cities across the globe, there appears to be no end in site for Occupy Toronto with protesters blocking lunch hour traffic in the city’s financial district Thursday and a new video warning sympathizers plan to hack Toronto Stock Exchange computer systems.
In a YouTube clip called “Operation #TMX Has Been Compromised,” a computerized voice claiming to represent hacktivist collective Anonymous says the group can “no longer stay silent.”
“With the Canadian citizens protesting, we have been doing our work,” the voice says. The Anonymous logo – a silhouette of headless businessman – accompanies the audio. QMI Agency could not confirm whether Anonymous is in fact planning an attack.
The “hacktivist” group Anonymous has uncovered what it says was a massive child pornography ring, according to the Examiner.
The hackers targeted several websites, including “Lolita City,” which the Guardian says included 1,589 users.
The attack was part of Anonymous’ “Operation Darknet.” The Guardian explains that “Darknet websites are part of the Invisible Web, sometimes called the Deep Web, containing content that is not part of the Surface Web, which is indexed by standard search engines.”
Anonymous published the usernames of those who frequent Lolita City, which, the Guardian reports, had 100 gigabytes of child porn.
“We have been targeting them in secret for a while now, taking down their servers as much as possible,” one hacker named Arson told Gawker in a chat. “We decided to seek media attention for this operation so that we may get the resources needed to shut them down on a more permanent basis.”
Some of the username’s are explicit, while others are just creepy and ominous. Take the monickers “redhotchily”, “PantyhosePedo” and “PureEvil” as examples.
Unlike its reported attempts to “erase” the New York Stock Exchange, or its alleged involvement in the Playstation hack, the uncovering of an alleged child porn ring is unlikely to bring Anonymous much scorn.
(CNET) Hackers today released personal information for Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein.
The document, posted to the Pastebin Web site, includes the CEO’s age, recent addresses, details of litigation he has been involved in, as well as registration information for businesses, but no sensitive information such as financial data.
Goldman Sachs representatives did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment.
A group using the handle “CabinCr3w” took credit for the data dump, but did not say why Blankfein was targeted. Goldman Sachs benefited from the U.S. government’s bailout of insurance giant American International Group and is accused of practices that contributed to the economic crisis.
Michael Moore helps to “Occupy Wall Street
On Monday, CabinCr3w released information about a New York police officer who is seen in videos spraying pepper spray into the faces of women protesters who are penned behind a police barricade net at the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations. The officer, identified as Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna via videos and close-up photos of his face and name on his badge, appears to walk over to the group of women and spray them directly in the face unprovoked.
Study Finds Broad Support for Online Vigilantism (in Some Cases) – Alexis Madrigal – Technology – The Atlantic
When the mayhem-making group LulzSec targeted Rupert Murdoch’s Rupert Murdoch’s Sun newspaper, its activity received broad approval from commenters on a broad selection of websites.
That’s NYU journalism department webmaster Tim Libert’s finding from an analysis of 2,838 comments on CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, Wired, The Register and ZDNET. Libert focused on three news events: the arrest of a LulzSec leader, the announcement that the group was disbanding, and its hack of the Sun, a newspaper in the Murdoch empire.
Libert freely admits that comments are not a perfect proxy for overall public sentiment, but they are the forum through which a reader community tries to make sense of a given event. “[I]t felt as if I were watching the extant social fabric of the Internet attempt to assimilate and collectively understand this new force,” Libert wrote.
Caught up in protests, young social activists are committing online crime.
In December 2010, a group of nearly 3000 activists under the name “Operation Payback” launched online attacks against PayPal, MasterCard, and Visa, briefly knocking the three financial services’ sites offline and preventing consumers from accessing ATMs or online banking services. The activists retaliated against the three companies for severing ties with WikiLeaks, an online repository for whistleblower data that had recently included thousands of secret communications from the U.S. State Department and other world governmental agencies. Nine months later more than a dozen people–most between the ages of 19 and 24–were arrested in connection with these denial-of-service (DoS) attacks, even as new attacks were hitting corporate, military, and government sites worldwide.