Lulz Security, the group behind a score of recent high profile hacks, has claimed responsibility for an attack which took the CIA’s website down whilst releasing internal data purportedly stolen from the US Senate’s site.
The group has been soliciting suggestions for targets to use its denial of service botnet on, and it seems the CIA’s number came up:
Tango down – cia.gov – for the lulz.
Reportedly the site was inaccessible for a time, but was soon restored to full functionality.
It appears the hack only affected the public website rather than any of the agency’s internal networks, making embarrassing rather than damaging.
Regarding their senatorial hack, they have released data claimed to come from the Senate’s website:
We don’t like the US government very much. Their boats are weak, their lulz are low, and their sites aren’t very secure.
In an attempt to help them fix their issues, we’ve decided to donate additional lulz in the form of owning them some more!
This is a small, just-for-kicks release of some internal data from Senate.gov – is this an act of war, gentlemen? Problem?
However, the data appears to be from a public-facing webserver rather than the Senate’s internal networks, so damage is probably limited. The site appears to be functioning normally.
In addition to the CIA, the group has also recently hacked (or merely DDoSed) a gaming site which published articles critical of them, EVE Online’s servers (no data was lost), League of Legends’ servers (no data lost), the Minecraft servers (again with no loss of data), and a random IT security company (“apparently they sell monitoring software to the government or some shit like that”).
Having gone from vaguely popular acts of support for pirates to random acts of opportunistic vandalism, even such support as they had amongst the more base strata of Internet society seems to be rapidly evaporating – not that this has brought them any closer to apprehension, although with their targeting of the CIA this prospect may have become a much more pressing concern for US authorities.