bill-swift - March 31, 2012
Some people call it cyberterrorism. Others call it hacktivism. But basically, these attacks by groups like LulzSec are just that: cyber attacks. The hacker group is mostly known for the several high profile attacks that it carried out last year, including security breaches on several Sony domains and on the CIA's website.
In June of 2011, the group released a "50 days of lulz" statement, which basically said that the group was retiring from the scene because they had gotten "bored" with it. However, LulzSec was accused of hacking into several British newspaper sites to plant a false story about the death of Rupert Murdoch just one month later.
Now it seems that LulzSec has reared its monocled head once again, with the alleged breach of a military dating site called Military Singles.
The attack comes just nine months after LulzSec's self-proclaimed retirement. The group published news about the hack on a Pastebin page and leaked the details of around 171,000 accounts that it claimed to have compromised.
"The website http://www.militarysingles.com/ was recently closed day ago or so, so we dumped email db
There are emails such as @us.army.mil ; @carney.navy.mil ; @greatlakes.cnet.navy.mil ; @microsoft.com ; etc..
Total Dump 170937 Accounts."
Esingles, which operates Military Singles, addressed the group's claims by stating that they found no evidence that the site had been hacked.
"We at ESingles Inc. are aware of the claim that someone has hacked MilitarySingles.com and are currently investigating the situation. At this time there is no actual evidence that MilitarySingles.com was hacked and it is possible that the Tweet from Operation Digiturk is simply a false claim."
-- Military Singles Admin
LulzSec has since responded by calling the administrators stupid and posting a message with the group's trademark Nyan Cat signature on a Military Singles page (which was promptly taken down by the dating site's admin, though.)
The web world is currently rife with rumors that LulzSec is planning to stage a big comeback this April 1st--but then, it could all be just one huge April Fools' Day prank. It looks like we won't have to wait very long to find out though, because April 1st is just right around the corner...
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