Skip to comments.Hackers hit Atlanta FBI
Posted on 06/09/2011 8:50:06 AM PDT by robowombat
The FBI announced Sunday it shut down an Atlanta-based website that tracks cyber-crime after the site was compromised by a mysterious, yet increasingly audacious group of hackers.
InfraGard Atlanta, a nonprofit partnership between local business, government and academic security experts and the FBI, was hacked late last week by Lulz Security. LulzSec, as its known on-line in cyber security channels, hijacked the InfraGard site and published the email addresses, usernames and passwords of its 180 members.
On its website, LulzSec wrote that the InfraGard volunteers which include internet security experts at Equifax, Georgia Tech, the U.S. Army, DeKalb County and Alston & Bird are affiliated with the FBI in some way.
Stephen Emmett, an FBI spokesman, said via email Sunday: The FBI and its partners at the Atlanta Chapter (of) Infragard, a cyber security information sharing collaborative, are aware of the recent efforts to breach its Atlanta Chapter website. As a precaution, that website has been shut down.
Emmett wouldnt comment further. Emails sent to InfraGard and several of its members weren't immediately returned Sunday.
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I’m growing curious as to the end game of many of these hackers. Publishing private information is really a black hat operation, so they’re not trying to get jobs with the Feds to help boost security. Most white hat ops aren’t published.
I wonder if these hackers are trying to get into major infrastructure hubs to raffle off access to the highest bidders (i.e. terrorist entities). Then again, being close with the IT security industry, I’ve heard plenty of talk lately that major terrorist entities like AQ already have access to key infrastructure hubs and are waiting for the right moment to turn the key.
All things electronic are/is not a good decision to make. We are indeed open to all secrets being available to the hackers smart enough to get inside or government/ business secrets.
No small thing this. No accounts are safe. Banks are vulnerable, etc.
When they catch these hackers, they should throw the book at them. Make a great example of them. These people cause millions of dollars worth of damage and they should be made to pay for it by spending the rest of their lives in a maximum security prison.
Others do it because they don't like monolithic power structures and feel they need to be taken down a notch.
I wouldn't rule out some hacker selling out to a bad group, but it'd be a one off rather than a general rule.
Look for the .gov types to take exactly that line to try and gain MORE power to try and shut them down, regardless of the reality.
Hacktivists who support WikiLeaks, or the ChiComs?
Life in a Maximum Security Prison with nothing but a 100MHz processor and a 14.4 dial-up modem. AAAAAARRRRRRGGGGHHHHHHHH!!
Enhanced interrogation techniques would work on the LulzSec hackers.
In this case, Enhanced Interrogation would involve repeatedly playing the sound of a modem dialing and connecting at 300 baud to a BBS running on a 386 computer. Throw in the AOL “Welcome” and “You’ve got mail” sounds, and they will crack in no time.
Good thing our medical records are being sent to the central government server for simple 24/7 access from anywhere.