Lulzsec’s C.I.A. Breach: “Tango Down”

computer hacker steal passwordLulzsec is in the news again today, this time after overflowing the C.I.A.’s public website.  They used their traditional calling card of DDOS or Denial-of-Service attacks.

The attack was made after an instigator on Lulzsec’s Twitter page said that the attacks the hactivist group were making were on “soft companies”.  The user dared them to take on a government site or something that is of a higher difficulty–beckoning Lulzsec to try and change something on their page.

The Lulz boat managed to shut down C.I.A.’s public website for half the day, rendering it inaccessible to outside users.  Officials are looking into the attack, as such encroachments are against the law.

DDOS attacks have been used frequently by the group because it is hard to stop and relatively easy to implement.  Finding the source of the attacks varies because it depends on the skill of the hacker.  Those working for Lulzsec or Anonymous are most likely seasoned hackers who are able to severely hinder or prevent tracking.

Public opinion has been split on the hactivist group and their actions.  A large number discourage the practice, however an increasing amount of people support the message they push.  Even still, some claim that DDOS attacks cannot be considered real hacking.  DDOSing in its nature is the practice of overflowing a website’s domain so that there is an overflow, causing a temporarily shutdown of the site.  Some see this as a cheap parlor trick than a true hack.  Though on the contrary one could point out that many users and private businesses have lost personal information to these attacks.  So judgement on the message of the attacks and the scale of the attacks polarize no matter which is being discussed.

Graham Culey, senior consultant of anti-virus vendor Sophos says, “There are responsible ways to inform a business that its website is insecure, or that it has not properly protected its data. What’s disturbing is that so many Internet users appear to support LulzSec”.  I would have to agree completely with Mr. Culey.  The nature behind Lulzsec’s attacks appear more malicious than helpful.       



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