When it’s revealed that a prominent member of a clandestine movement has been giving information to the FBI for months, you’d think it would intimidate others in the group into backing off.
And that may have been the case when it was discovered that “Sabu,” real name Hector Xavier Monsegur, had been arrested in June and provided information that helped lead to the arrest of five other alleged members of the “hacktivist” collective, Anonymous.
For a few minutes, anyway.
“That night, after everyone found out, it was a bit chilling,” said Gregg Housh, one of the few people associated with Anonymous who speaks publicly using his real identity. Read More…
The personal data of journalists at Vatican radio was leaked online and the Vatican’s website hacked for the second time in several days — both attacks believed to be the work of the amorphous Internet activist group Anonymous.
The group last week claimed to have taken down the Vatican website to protest everything from Catholic doctrine to the sexual abuse of children.
The site, www.vatican.va, has been inaccessible for parts of Monday afternoon. Read More…
Hackers have published the blueprints to a 2006 version of Symantec Corp’s widely used Norton Antivirus software on the Internet, according to the software maker.
Symantec spokesman Cris Paden said on Friday that the release of the source code, during the last 24 hours, posed no risk to millions of Norton customers around the world whose PCs are protected by its security software.
“The code that has been exposed is so old that current out-of-the-box security settings will suffice against any possible threats that might materialize as a result of this incident,” he said.
Symantec has previously disclosed that a group called Lords of Dharmaraja that is affiliated with the hacker group Anonymous was in possession of source code for several of its products. It said the code was obtained in a 2006 breach of the company’s networks.
The hackers have previously released the source code for two other Symantec products: Norton Utilities and pcAnywhere.
The company initially urged customers to disable pcAnywhere in the wake of release of that product’s source code, then it issued an upgrade to the software and said told customers it was safe to use again.
Law enforcement agents on two continents swooped in on top members of the infamous computer hacking group LulzSec early this morning, and acting largely on evidence gathered by the organization’s brazen leader — who sources say has been secretly working for the government for months — arrested three and charged two more with conspiracy.
Charges against four of the five were based on a conspiracy case filed in New York federal court, FoxNews.com has learned. An indictment charging the suspects, who include two men from Great Britain, two from Ireland and an American in Chicago, is expected to be unsealed Tuesday morning in the Southern District of New York.
“This is devastating to the organization,” said an FBI official involved with the investigation. “We’re chopping off the head of LulzSec.” Read More…
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