LulzSec Hackers Retiring? Group Makes Their “Final Release”

A PasteBin post has popped up, and it claims to be from the now notorious hacking group LulzSec. Within the post is a letter that claims to be the final note from the LulzSec “ship.”

LulzSec, the hacker group which first came to light some 50 days ago, has made big news in the internet and technology world.Some of their hack targets include Sony Pictures, Bethesda Games, and even the Central  Intelligence  Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Many have tried to attach themselves or others to the group. They have spawned groups who are claiming to be offsets of their main group. Some have even gone as far to try and connect the 6 person group to the infamous group known as Anonymous.

The supposed ‘final release’ from LulzSec says that the team was a mere 6 members. They take no claim for any new hacks in the notice. What it does contain is a farewell letter to the world. They continue to say that they did everything for laughs.

If you want to read the letter, then take a look at it here. Their twitter account holds tweets that seem to mean the end, and they say that they are not planning to renew their hosting on their website. If that comes true, then we will know they are truly gone. Until that day arrives, we can only hold our breath and wait.

New Group “LulzSec Brazil” Takes Down Brazilian Government Portal

A new branch of LulzSec group called “LulzSec Brazil” has targeted and attacked the Brazilian Government portal and the homepage of the President of Brazil. The two websites, Brasil.gov.br and Presidencia.gov.br are currently down and unreachable.

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LulzSec Brazil claimed the attack by updating their Twitter timeline. The LulzSec Brazil group was started on June 19 and had promised that if they got more than 1,000 followers on Twitter, then they would attack and invade Brazil’s government portal.

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LulzSec Brazil currently has more than 1,200 followers on Twitter.

According to Anonymous, the new Brazalian branch is part of the Anonymous and LulzSec operation called “AntiSec”. An video from Anonymous said:

We encourage defacement’s of the enemies websites, and use of the word antisec on any and every website or pro censorship group. Any exposed intelligence the enemy decides to withhold from us, should be brought to light. It’s time to show the corrupt governments of the world that they have no right to censor what they do not own.

Watch the video released by Anonymous:

According to LulzSec’s tweet, the next step they would take is to release AntiSec documents in coming days.

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Few days back, LulzSec attacked CIA website CIA.gov.

[Update] Suspected Lulzsec Mastermind Arrested in Essex, Will They Lose Their Lulz Now?

After a joint operation by the FBI and the Scotland Yard, the police have made a  successful  arrest of a 19-year-old teenager who is suspected to be a LulzSec mastermind. Whether he really is a LulzSec mastermind is not confirmed yet and he is just a regular suspect. He deserves the benefit of doubt and it would be wrong to call him an offender.

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The joint operation by the FBI and Scotland Yard follows from the Sony, (probably) Lockheed Martin and the UK Census data leaks. This has resulted in what is being seen as the first arrest of any LulzSec member which can reveal some interesting facts about this Anonymous regroup.

The Metropolitan Police website has a statement on the arrest too. It reads as,

Officers from the Metropolitan Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) have arrested a 19-year-old man in a pre-planned intelligence-led operation.

The arrest follows an investigation into network intrusions and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against a number of international business and intelligence agencies by what is believed to be the same hacking group.

The teenager was arrested on suspicion of Computer Misuse Act, and Fraud Act offences and was taken to a central London police station, where he currently remains in custody for questioning.

Searches at a residential address in Wickford, Essex, following the arrest last night have led to the examination of a significant amount of material. These forensic examinations remain ongoing.

The PCeU was assisted by officers from Essex Police and have been working in co-operation with the FBI.

What follows next might be an extradition to the US. We are expecting some update on this from the Team WebNinjas and from the LulzSec Twitter stream. Keep an eye on Twitter for real-time updates.

Update: LulzSec claims that the person arrested by the FBI and Scotland Yard is not a member and some of the tweets appearing in this image have been deleted by them so they are exclusive.

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While LulzSec is Enjoying 211,000+ Twitter Followers, Someone is Watching Over Them

LulzSec started out as the self-appointed online vigilance  commission. Now, it has replaced Anon as the next organized hacker group taking down websites. Anonymous suffered a  rift over leadership issues and went MIA. The Anon era might be past but its members and competitors are still out there and the most popular one of them  th3j35t3r is not happy at LulzSec. LulzSec has pissed off almost everyone by now.

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You all might remember  th3j35t3r as the guy who was taking down WikiLeaks a few days back. The same  th3j35t3r  is blowing their cover as it can be seen in  this Blogspot blog. He has published their chat logs from inside the IRC channels and has even gone so far as to expose some of those LulzSec members. The blogspot blog in question has entire conversations put up from IRC channels. As you read up the posts, you will numerous find individual profiles at the end of the blog as well with photographs and home addresses.

Clearly, no one finds the LulzSec lulzworthy anymore. They are trying desperately to cover their tracks with obvious methods, like encrypting drives and using Virtual private networks to stay behind closed doors. Let us see how far this level of anonymity works for them.

Another interesting observation in the expose is  Barrett Brown  of the (supposed) members of LulzSec who is a writer at Vanity Fair, Huffington Post and Onion. My understanding is that he is not really a LulzSec member and came into the crossfire when researching on something to write. Maybe he was just watching over the IRC like  th3j35t3r. Whether this is  th3j35t3r or not is well doubted but this blog makes one thing clear. LulzSec is a ruthless group hated by its own kind and pretty much everyone by now. You can follow this reddit discussion for continuous updates.

 

Lulzsec Gathers Some Lulz for Sure but People Need to Act Seriously

Anonymous is dead (or so it seems) after the rift, the crackdown and the leadership issues. A new hacker group LulzSec has taken the Internet by storms recently and it is replacing Anon in media coverage. This is LulzSec and they are like the young rebirth of Anon. Anonymous was a group of seasoned hackers who knew what they were doing and there was an air of maturity about them. LulzSec is a different breed of hackers. They improvise on their targets every day and try to take down internet services on personal request, all for the lulz.
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The operations of LulzSec do not carry that aura about them that Anon had. It is more about lulz and less about playing the righteous police that earned Anon some love. The way they tweet about it openly and the way they operate is being frowned upon by many. A recent statement made by them is available here and you should read it to know what they are thinking.

Well if you ask me, this is just a cunning trick to keep people busy and this is simply their method of getting more attention. The LulzSec knows how it is forcing the Government to lay down stringent rules faster that will curb many freedoms people enjoy online.

They have a valid point too. What they are doing is playing the reverse psychology card that will probably bring security through insecurity. People will start taking passwords seriously and service providers will work on finding and fixing loopholes. People will be apprehensive about everything online and the LulzSec is proud to have brought this mayhem upon people.

There’s always the argument that releasing everything in full is just as evil, what with accounts being stolen and abused, but welcome to 2011. This is the lulz lizard era, where we do things just because we find it entertaining. Watching someone’s Facebook picture turn into a penis and seeing their sister’s shocked response is priceless.

Some more of their rants against whitehats go here.

we just don’t give a living fuck at this point – you’ll forget about us in 3 months’ time when there’s a new scandal to gawk at, or a new shiny thing to click on via your 2D light-filled rectangle. People who can make things work better within this rectangle have power over others; the whitehats who charge $10,000 for something we could teach you how to do over the course of a weekend, providing you aren’t mentally disabled.

As for myself, I will remember LulzSec as the bunch of cowboys, that tamed the Internet for quite some time. Call them the good or the bad, but they are in no way ugly. They are making the Internet a safer place and you can see how. You read a thousand blog posts every month giving you advice on password norms but how many did you take seriously until now?

LulzSec Havoc: Change Your Important Passwords Before You Get Hit

The unknown and anonymous group (or single person) LulzSec is creating havoc, not just for companies like Sony, but also for government organizations like CIA and FBI. Most recently, the targets of the group has been common individuals like you and me.

In today’s data dump, LulzSec uploaded 62000 username and passwords for various users. Using this data anyone could login to your email account, , , bank account and more. It is definitely a huge privacy and security issue.

If you go through the Twitter feed of @LulzSec, you will see how the leaked passwords are being used. Some of those updates are really scary, take for example the one below where someone managed to destroy relationships over Facebook using those stolen accounts.

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As you can see from the above screenshot, several users have used those accounts to access Xbox Live, PayPal, Facebook, Twitter, accounts. Some users even withdrew money from PayPal accounts and claimed to ruin relationships. This is definitely sickening.

Gizmodo has written an article to check if your passwords were leaked and find them out, however, don’t sit back happy if you are not one of the people who were not compromised. Regardless of whether or not your data was leaked, take about 15-20 minutes out of your time today and update the passwords for your Facebook, Twitter, Bank accounts and email providers like (, Hotmail, Yahoo) and other important services you use.

Make sure to create a new password for these services and if possible use different passwords on all of them. If you are having trouble with creating strong passwords read our guides on how to create strong passwords and more or use some password creation tools which can help you generate strong passwords

Though you might use hundreds of services, upgrading your passwords for some key services might save you trouble other individuals are going through. As a practice, try and use different passwords for different services and use alternative logins like (login through Twitter or Facebook) wherever you can.

LulzSec Takes Down CIA.gov Website, Forwards Prank Calls to FBI

In a brutal and continuous attack, a hacker group going by the name of LulzSec have been causing havoc in the web world. Earlier this month, LulzSec had taken down high profile sites such as Sony Developer Network and Sony Pictures.

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Since then they have hacked several other high profile websites including gaming servers and more. Quite recently, @LulzSec have become quite active on and have been posting details about their exploits and asking users for suggestions for future hack targets.

LulzSec FBI Calls

In a day today, they have managed to bombard the FBI with calls and taken down the CIA website CIA.gov. The group who are behind this are anonymous (not be be confused with the group "Anonymous"), but their exploits are definitely creating quite a flutter within security circles.

This is definitely not the last time we are going to hear about @LulzSec, it is going be a long road ahead…

More updates coming..

LulzSec Breaks Into Sony Developer Network, Leaks Their Source Code

Continuing  their recent streak of break-ins into Sony web properties, the self proclaimed “world’s leaders in high-quality entertainment at your expense” Lulzsec just released a full 54MB archive consisting of Sony Computer Entertainment’s Developer network source code. Lulzsec tweeted their latest accomplishment just under half hour ago.

Sony has been under an ever-increasing spate of attacks and break-ins – the most recent being Sony Brazil, Sony Europe and  Sony Pictures Russia which was one of the most biggest hacks with over a million user names and passwords stolen. With this latest break-in ,16 of Sony’s web properties have been hacked into just under 45 days, giving an average hack rate of an astonishing 2.8 websites hacked per day.

While Lulzsec claims that the archive comprises of the Developer  network source code, a commentator on Hacker News mentions that the archive consists of Website source code rather than the actual PSN code.