CIA & US Senate Hacked

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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.


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    Avatar of Reaver21
    Comment by Reaver21
    14:20 16/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    First off: The CIA had a public site? The hell would they use that for? "We at some point in history gave some confidential stuffs to unnamed person(s)"

    No, they touched the Government. These guys are amateurs, for a smart hacker wouldn't consider such a thing. Not to say they couldn't do it, but the threat such a task presents is phenomenal. I'm sure they'll find themselves on wikileaks soon xD

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    Comment by AmusementEngineer
    14:34 16/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The best criminals/hackers in the world would be the one who remain unknown.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    14:43 16/06/2011 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    And the least known, most arrogant, and undeniably stupid, would broadcast such a thing as attacking a government site for teh lulz. It's been seen before. I enjoy the sheer idiocy of it, because it entertains me for a moment. But if these teenagers wish to learn their lesson the hard way, then I call that Darwinism. Or prison rape. Maybe both.

    Go, Zero Cool! Show them who's B& from the internet until they're 35!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:18 16/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    My guess? These girls are wanting to land a high-profile government hacking job. This is a résumé.

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    Comment by TenguSan
    16:57 16/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    When EVE's servers went down, i somehow KNEW it was those hackers XD

    Messing with game companies? Worst case = you get caught and are thrown in jail for a few years.

    Messing with politicians and the CIA? Worst case = you 'disappear' and the hacking spree stops and is forgotten

    The Sony hack was impressive.. this was just plain dumb, considering the risk vs the little they actually accomplished. Best stick to targets which do not bite back, especially not an Agency known for conducting covert operations, counter espionage, and assassinations

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:31 16/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If it's a resume, they will try harder, trying to reach the non-public sites.

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    Comment by TNinja
    00:36 17/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess they only want to prove that they can do it.

    "You can do anything as long as you believe in it!"

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    Comment by Andices
    18:01 17/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hacking is not a crime, as long as no harm come to personal issues or maybe launching nuke for fun as soon as you take over the american nuke power plant control. erm... this is not a suggestion. Just speaking out loud

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:08 17/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes... They can prove they can do it. And afterwards they'll have nothing left to prove...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:03 18/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    OBVIOUSLY they're teenagers.

    It takes a certain level of intellectual maturity to be capable of hacking something,
    but a certain level of /immaturity/ just to do it for shits.
    No adult is lame enough to use useful skills for a useless purpose.

    Additionally, note the excessive usage of internet slang.
    Only non-adults are that lacking in class.

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    Comment by alidan
    16:15 16/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    if its connected to the internet, nothing is that hard to crack into. however its all about getting the data either really fast, or not getting caught at all, and you don't have much time to figure out which you want to go for.

    you also don't have the luxury of sticking around for long to find out if this is a honey pot server.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:21 16/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who said that these guys are teenagers?

    Did you know most of the talented criminals will be offered a job in the sector, on certain conditions of course.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I sure hope anonymous kicks the man in the ballz.

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    Comment by VVayfarer
    16:12 16/06/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.3)

    Haha, you lack vision. This is depends entirely on the criminal's objectives, for one.

    In this case, the gov doesn't seem to know the identities of the "hackers". As long as they aren't caught, judging them is more "stupid" than them doing such pointless(?) DDoS-attacks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:39 16/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    do you really think i'll be that hard for the cia to find out who those guys are?
    inb4 ololol behind 7 prixies & computer science III

    and ddosing a cia website definitely IS a stupid thing to do because it doesn't accomplish anything but put you at great risk.
    pretty much like trying to kick mike tyson in the balls.
    you might think for a short moment
    >hey, i'm so brave! look at me world! look at me being aweso-

    and then everything suddenly went black and as you wake up in hospital and realize you're paralyzed now youstart ask yourself if that was really worth it.

    tldr;
    little kids attentionwhoring because they probably get bullied at school.
    i truly pity them

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    Comment by VVayfarer
    00:40 19/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Saying it's "definitely stupid" is assuming that someone far more "intelligent" than you can't exist, making stupid-looking moves but instead having a complicated plan of some sort. You're cutting off the possibilities in favor of the most probable option, which isn't the most logical way to think.

    There's always a better hacker, engineer, w/e that can hack, be noticed and yet stay unidentified. Don't deny that possibility in this case either until we know for SURE they've been found.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:32 18/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The 'old man' went out of his way to not have any computers or phones anywhere near him, since both have government tracers all over them. Hackers, by definition, sorta have to use one of those to do anything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:09 18/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    CIA couldn't find lone old man that was responsible for 9/11 for how many years? Sole fact that he was able to launch such attack should suggest you their level of skill in defending your country. They are as incompetent as any government agency. Their 'competence' is result of you watching too many scifi movies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:50 16/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Initiating a DDoS attack doesn't qualify them as hackers. A bored twelve year old could pull that off. It's the internet equivalent of graffiti.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:20 16/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    More like the equivalent of finding the wall to paing with graffiti...

    Avatar of VVayfarer
    Comment by VVayfarer
    16:24 16/06/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Most people here know that much. What people don't seem to know is how the real hackers work---that is, aside from planting troyans and viruses on the target computers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:52 16/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Knowing governmental sites.
    A) History of the organization and any predecessors.
    B) Outline of what they do.
    C) Job offers, although from what I hear the boys in Langley like to do the recruiting on their own. So it's more of a: we'll call you for an interview, rather than you submitting a resume to them and then getting a call if you seem interesting.

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    Comment by Rally
    16:22 16/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "First off: The CIA had a public site? The hell would they use that for?"

    Ever hear of the CIA World Factbook? It's like an atlas of world governments. Has real information. You might want to check it out sometime.

    23:42 16/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "CIA World Facebook" :p

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    Comment by Crommus
    19:54 16/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Either they are really stupid (high possibility) or they're that smart that even if they leak who they are the government can't touch them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:32 16/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm going for the latter.... if they are based in countries overseas, I doubt much will happen to them.

    Extra-judicial sanctions, you say? Yeah right.... if we didn't try that with Assange, we won't try that with these guys.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:43 16/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Assange was/is too high profile, the very fact that these guys are anonymous works against them in this case.

    Who do you think will be easier to ice without creating a lot of brouhaha in the press? A celeb or some random Joe Schmoe from off the street?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:03 17/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Plus the whole "over seas" thing isn't going to stop the CIA. Their whole job is working "over seas". FBI handles internal affairs and CIA does external and I imagine that taking these people down would have no negative consequences whatsoever. America has already found Osama, I think they can find a bunch of assholes on the internet who announce all of their attacks and then gloat about it.

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    Comment by Karosene
    14:21 16/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Attacking the CIA, huh?

    I kinda pictured that segment from Colbert Report except CIA is the hornet's nest and LulzSec is the one sticking their penis in it.

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    17:49 16/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    How about Fujimaru Takagi the Falcon in Bloody Monday.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Someone Finally Achieved my Dream
    Hack the CIA
    And HAHA Take that you liars it odes not take 20 years to brute force your way into the CIA servers

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:12 16/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It was the CIA factbook site, you dumbass

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:34 16/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    spare this guy, his brain is way too small for your explanation

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:14 16/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And it was just a DDoS attack too

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:32 17/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    FUUU ^_^ Factbook still = CIA
    Lol Its like Hacking the CIA's Facebook Page
    Still funny noobs

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    14:45 16/06/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Am I the only one who still think "lulz" is one of the most retarded Internet slang ever made...?

    Well, I do sorta approve them messing up with Malaysia's gov portal site though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:57 16/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I agree and it always makes me cringe when people use internet slang outside the internet.

    Comment by Anonymous

    But the whole point of lulz sec is that they operate within the internet not outside of it... so you fail hard bro...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:54 16/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    lolwut?

    Of course lulz sec wouldn't "hack" anything irl, they get their asses beat.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:27 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Personally i hate it when people say retarded, jackass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:24 19/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    'plox' (or pl0x) is by far the worse. 'lulz' is a very close second.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:01 19/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just felt like randomly punching somebody just because I read that DISGUSTING 'P' word!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:08 17/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nope, anyone intelligent feels the same way. This "for the lulz" shit is retarded as hell.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:21 17/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "lulz" sounds ridiculous..if you saying when trying to be serious or even not serious it just makes you sound like a joke.

    But hey, I still don't get why people put "LOL" after everything, when it makes no sense.

    --"I just got back lol. I just ate chips lol. My friend just called me lol."

    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    12:02 17/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    erm...lol

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    Comment by Andices
    17:57 17/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    erm.. that anon is sick... lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:55 17/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    1. put a o in a l l
    2. put your dick in the lol
    3. make her open the lol

    and that's the way you do it!!

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    Comment by Aramis
    00:38 19/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And this anon desperately tries to be funny by copying a joke from Dick in a Box D:

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    Comment by Red
    20:59 16/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The only thing that comes to my mind when I hear such, is some backyard 4chan faggotry, or potential wannabe that would like to be part of it.
    Either way - absolute failure.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:10 16/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Anyone else get the feeling this hacking business is leading us all to a very dark place from which there is no recovery? I'd bet when we get there, these same people are going to complain about it when it's entirely their fault.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:13 17/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    America's "KILL THE INTERNET" button from a while back?

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    Comment by TFish
    23:36 16/06/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    I agree.

    This hack didn't really prove anything, it was a public website not internal secret files. All they did was poke a bee hive and if they poke it enough times everyone on the internet is going to get stung.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:23 17/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    most likely true
    hopefully before then the internet and knowledge of what makes it great will propagate far enough to produce a backlash on any attempts to restrict freedom akin to a 20% tax raise

    but hey, at least wanton cyber terrorism is a valid threat unlike fictional child porn

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:18 17/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anyone else thought about how much false flag hacking attack one could buy with 6.6 Billion dissapered dollars?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:30 17/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    CIA = we Can kIll you All !!

    The trully evil along with China government.






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