LulzSec Hacker Sabu Sentenced to Time Served

The LulzSec hacker-turned-informant known as Sabu avoided any more jail time and was sentenced to time served on Tuesday for his part in leading several of the group’s attacks on high-profile targets. Hector Monsegur walked out of court in New York a free man, thanks to his cooperation with the FBI in identifying and tracking […]

Second LulzSec Member Arrested for Sony Pictures Attack

A Tempe, Arizona man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly taking part in the June 2011 attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.’s network, in which passwords and other personal data was stolen from one million user accounts.Raynaldo Rivera, 20, was charged with conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer, which could earn him up to 15 years in prison if he is found guilty. He was ordered to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom Sept. 14.

Two Members of LulzSec Plead Guilty to Cyber Crimes

Two members of the hacker group Lulz Security (LulzSec) pleaded guilty today to taking part in a cyber crime spree that launched attacks against Web sites belonging to law enforcement, corporations and media companies.

Ryan Cleary, 20, of Wickford, Essex and Jake Davis, 19, of Lerwick, Shetland admitted in a London courtroom to two counts of conspiracy to do an unauthorized act or acts with intent to impair, or with recklessness as to impairing, the operation of a computer or computers, according to numerous published reports. could soon find itself on the wrong side of some of its most reliable traffic generators, namely, Anonymous, (what’s left of) LulzSec, and other hackers now that the site’s owner, Jeroen Vader, said he plans on hiring more staff to patrol the text-sharing site for “sensitive information,” according to a BBC report.

It can be hard to parse the results of the Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report (DBIR), what with the shifts from year to year in the sources of breach data collected. Last year’s report, if you recall, found a stunning drop in incidents of data theft in 2010, even as tracking sites like reported no noticeable change that year.Frankly, it’s hard to read the DBIR and not have the term “sample bias” float into your head time and again. But the DBIR report has always been a good way to understand the security Zeitgeist, and this year’s report is no different, with more normal-seeming results and a focus on the actions of ideologically motivated hacking groups which, Verizon claims, were linked to 58% of all the data stolen from customers in 2011.

A new Ubuntu Linux distribution is being marketed as “Anonymous-OS” and comes pre-loaded with tools for hacking and protecting anonymity online. However, it is unclear whether the new operating system was created by the anarchic hacking group, or even has its endorsement.

When the long arm of the law reached in to arrest members of Anonymous’s senior leadership on Tuesday, speculation immediately turned to the identities of the six men behind the Guy Fawkes mask. With the benefit of hindsight, it turns out that many had been hiding in plain site, with day jobs, burgeoning online lives and – for those who knew where to look – plenty of clues about their extra curricular activities on behalf of the world’s most famous hacking crew.

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