Graham Cluley argues that it's not cool, or funny, to hack into companies, expose the private information of members of the general public, and to launch denial of service attacks.
Four members of the notorious LulzSec hacking gang, who attacked websites belonging to the likes of the CIA, the NHS and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), are due to be sentenced by the UK authorities.
Southwark Crown Court in London has heard that three members of the LulzSec hacking gang have chosen to plead guilty to charges that they launched distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against a series of organisations including the CIA and the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency.
The US's top spy guy, who resigned abruptly on Friday, conducted a romantic affair behind the thin sheet of a pseudonymous email account. It's a good reminder to us all that email headers often spill the beans, revealing IP addresses that lead to our webmail hosts and geolocation. It's a short hop from there to our identities.
The CIA's website was brought down for some hours last night by what appears to have been an internet distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.
Instead of fighting an FBI investigation based on an erroneous report, Hasan Elahi instead resorted to data bulimia, giving them, and anyone wishing to access his site, more data than they could ever wish for. Question is, does this approach give Mr Elahi better privacy?
I keep getting asked what my attitude is to hacktivism, hacking and hackers.
I usually answer by saying, "What do you mean by hacktivism?" And the answer is frequently, and impassably, circular. "Y'know - all that hacking that hacktivists are doing these days."
If you consider yourself a hacker and you have time to spare, how do you spend it?
Are you tempted by DDoSes and gratuitous break-ins, just for the lulz, or are you ready to help?
The CIA's website is currently inaccessible, having apparently fallen foul of a LulzSec distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.
We've grown to think of spammers and other internet bad guys as finely-honed organised criminals, quick to use new avenues to make a quick buck, and rapid in their exploitation of breaking news stories and emerging trends. It's therefore surprising Read more…