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CIA, Senate hackers gleefully promise more
CNN ^ | 6/16/11 | Doug Gross

Posted on 06/16/2011 6:54:35 PM PDT by bushwon

CNN) -- They've breached or busted the websites of the CIA, PBS and the U.S. Senate, and launched at least part of an extended attack on Sony, whose PlayStation Network was brought to a grinding halt for the better part of a month.

And, to hear them tell it, it's all for a laugh.

Meet Lulz Security, or LulzSec, the gleeful and secretive band of hackers who appear to be responsible for a string of high-profile and sometimes embarrassing Internet attacks.

Their most recent strike, and arguably the most ambitious, was a distributed denial-of-service attack Wednesday that shut down the Central Intelligence Agency's website for a couple of hours.

A DDoS attack is fairly easy with the right software. But the group has also hacked into sites ranging from Sony Pictures to porn sites, often publishing the passwords and other personal information they find.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anonymous; cia; computersecurity; cyberwarfare; hackers; hacking; itsecurity; lulz; lulzsec; security; sony
With all the Wiener coverage, this story seems to have been ignored. Anyone concerned?
1 posted on 06/16/2011 6:54:36 PM PDT by bushwon
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To: bushwon

I am surprised the CIA would be able t be hacked...


2 posted on 06/16/2011 7:03:40 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: bushwon

Hackers attacking electronic posters... bfd.


3 posted on 06/16/2011 7:07:06 PM PDT by Gene Eric (*** Jesus ***)
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To: bushwon

I’m concerned that FedGov will overreact and come down hard on internet freedoms, in time for the election.


4 posted on 06/16/2011 7:12:29 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: bushwon

CIA, PBS, The Senate, Porn Sites? Just whose side are these hacker guys on anyways:)


5 posted on 06/16/2011 7:31:51 PM PDT by Kinzua (Are you ready to admit that electing Obama was a mistake?)
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To: bushwon

The CIA wasn’t ‘hacked’, it was subject to a DDOS. They essentially pounded the CIA’s public facing webserver with thousands upon thousands of requests to try to overload the server and or networking equipment. At minimum a DDOS can make a website slow down as the webserver has to process thousands of ‘attack’ requests while handling real ones.


6 posted on 06/16/2011 8:00:58 PM PDT by Gunslingr3
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To: DBrow

That is their way. They know no other.

Punish the 99.999999% for the crimes of a few.

We see it all the time.


7 posted on 06/16/2011 8:13:57 PM PDT by super7man
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To: Gunslingr3

Thank you for the clarification. :)


8 posted on 06/16/2011 10:54:42 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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