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LulzSec Hacks Senate Server, Asks Rhetorically "Is This An Act Of War, Gentlemen?"

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After a major hack of the IMF's website over the weekend promptly scrambled the FBI, just as Operation Empire State Rebellion announced it was taking its attack of the Fed Chairman to the next level (we have yet to see anything here more than just rhetoric), today, the competing hacker group, the one implicated in numerous Sony breakins as well as a recent defacing of an FBI-affiliate, LulzSec, has proven it broke into the Senate's SPARC server and exposed everything that admin apparently was unable to hid sufficiently well. On its website, LulzSecurity left the following preface to the several hundred thousand code-long data dump of everything located in the Senate server: "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 - is this an act of war, gentlemen? Problem? - Lulz Security." And what is completely not surprising, following a Dow Jones inquiry, "a Senate representative said she was unaware of any breach of the body's web site." Well it has been breached- anyone curious what is contained in the server can do so here. A cursory investigation does not reveal the exposition of any sensitive data.... This time. Yet one thing LulzSec most certainly acquired was the user/pass combinations of all individuals affiliated with the Senate, and are likely currently actively downloading all their emails. We continue to wonder just how safe the Fed's email server is...

The hacking of the Senate appears to have been a "bonus round" to what LulzSec was actually targetting, which seems to have been Bethesda Softworks. Below is how the hacker group describes their action:

Greetings Internets,
This is a story all about how we made Bethesda Softworks, ZeniMax
Media, and everything they own, our bitch for life.
As you should know, The Lulz Boat stores vast amounts of booty;
much of this booty we don't release as it's simply too shiny and/or
delicious. As of late, certain inferior sailing boats have discovered
flaws in Brink (, thinking themselves exciting and new.
Too late. The Lulz Boat controls this ocean, chumps.
Some weeks ago, we smashed into Brink with our heavy artillery Lulz
Cannons and decided to switch to ninja mode. From our LFI entry point,
we acquired command execution via local file inclusion of enemy fleet
Apache vessel. We then found that the HTTPD had SSH auth keys, which
let our ship SSH into other servers. See where this is going?
We then switched to root ammunition rounds.
And we rooted... and rooted... and rooted...
After mapping their internal network and thoroughly pillaging all of
their servers, we grabbed all their source code and database passwords,
which we proceeded to shift silently back to our storage deck.
Please find enclosed everything we took, excluding one thing -
200,000+ Brink users. We actually like this company and would
like for them to speed up the production of Skyrim, so we'll
give them one less thing to worry about. You're welcome! :D
Please keep making awesome games, guys, and you should
totally add an official LulzSec top hat to new releases.
But anyway, bwahahaha... >:]

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Mon, 06/13/2011 - 17:43 | 1365915 Caviar Emptor
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Tyler you catch this? 

In 11th currency swap deal: 


China builds Kazakh ties, bypasses USD with FX swap



Mon, 06/13/2011 - 17:43 | 1365918 SilverDosed
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Lulz all around

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:51 | 1366110 your neighbor
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Just like "they" can implant whatever "evidence" that feel is necessary, the lulz boyz most undoubtedly can implant all sorts of "words" for takedown purposes if they so choose.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:58 | 1366128 wanklord
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I definitively love Linux!!

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 21:55 | 1366592 jeff montanye
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wow indeed.  the computer, which looked circa 1965 as if it were the perfect tool for big brother, has bred its/his own nemesis.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 22:42 | 1366723 GoinFawr
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Eric Blair never wrote anything about that!

Tue, 06/14/2011 - 02:20 | 1367011 J in Vegas
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For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

J in Vegas

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 22:10 | 1366636 ExpendableOne
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If any of you have a few days to spare, attend the DEFCON conference.  It's an eye opener.


Mon, 06/13/2011 - 23:42 | 1366847 A Nanny Moose
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Capture the flag bitchez!

The key takeaway from this conference is that the only secure computer, is the one that is never built.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 17:50 | 1365917 cougar_w
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 their lulz are low

we did it 4 teh lulz

And people were bitching about Wikileaks? Anon are your daddy now. Get your game on for some serious shit-slinging.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 17:48 | 1365933 CPL
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It's always 4 da Lulz.


With the SummerFags coming online it's going to get more interesting.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 17:59 | 1365962 I think I need ...
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Mon, 06/13/2011 - 20:03 | 1366284 Problem Is
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These are CIA-NSA-US Security Apparatchik, false flag operations...

Phony "Hacks" and The Wall Street Puppet
Obama Bin Lyin'

These psy-ops are designed to give the puppet Obama Bin Lyin' the excuse to shut down the internet and alternative media that has been broadcasting the truth and eroding the worthless corporate whore media...

And eroding the legitimacy of the much more worthless bought and bribed US political class of fools and useful idiots...

Wake Up Amerikan Rable
The next move of the corporate power structure will be to use these phony "hacks" as an excuse to shut down internet dissent...

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 21:43 | 1366556 jeff montanye
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if this is obama's idea of a false flag operation, he's not very good at it.  i think he's making more of them than he's killing (cf. rummy).

Tue, 06/14/2011 - 11:20 | 1367719 dark pools of soros
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if you were ever able to explain what a 'real hack' was then maybe someone might dig a hole next to your buried head and listen to your..  after getting past the tinhat..  crazy ideas

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 21:03 | 1366460 blunderdog
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Not ga'happen.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 22:12 | 1366631 i-dog
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Won't happen ... they need it more than we do!

They will try individual country censorship schemes to limit our access, but those require voluntary participation by all ISPs and are easily skirted.

Tue, 06/14/2011 - 04:30 | 1367106 BorisTheBlade
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Since OBL is feeding fish somewhere in the Persian Gulf, Anon is to become a bogeyman #1.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 19:53 | 1366262 CPL
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Looks like Operation CTRL-ALT-BERNAKE has broken out of the gate.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 17:44 | 1365919 Eireann go Brach
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Did they find any Weiner photos on Nancy Pelosi's computer yet?

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 17:50 | 1365943 CPL
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...I've been staring at that and trying to figure out how to put "Uranus" into a retort.


I got nothing...

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:00 | 1365966 cougar_w
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Oh I don't know, "putting Uranus into a retort" works fine.

Actually anything involving Uranus is lulz.


Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:08 | 1365997 CPL
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That and's pure win all around.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:11 | 1366010 cougar_w
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Astromers have discovered Klingons in the gas rings around Uranus.

I better stop now. I'm at actual work.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 19:08 | 1366156 Rusty Shorts
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Klingons around Uranus?

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:38 | 1366077 SWRichmond
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Just don't be puttin' a retort in Uranus.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 21:45 | 1366566 jeff montanye
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or vice versa.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:38 | 1366080 MrSteed
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But, is lulz marklar...ooops sorry, meant is marklar, marklar?

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:03 | 1365982 sabra1
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no, but they did find a weiner in nancy pelosi!

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 19:28 | 1366205 Reese Bobby
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Is a fossilized weiner still a weiner?  I suppose...

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 20:18 | 1366339 Tuco Benedicto ...
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To prevent premature ejaculation I used to picture Yogi Berra, then Hillary Clinton in my mind but Pelosi has now taken their place.  I have to warn you though don't hold Pelosi's image in your mind for too long, otherwise you will be taking a drive to the pharmasist to get that other blue pill:)


Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 21:50 | 1366577 jeff montanye
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uh oh.  imo hillary and nancy are both hot, at times.  but then yogi berra's not so bad either.  cute in a witty way.  lotsa rings too.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 20:30 | 1366357 Chump
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Pics or it didn't happen.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 17:49 | 1365924 Eluetherios
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Maybe we should detain these guys, torture their ass in guantanamo for being 'terrorists' and never charge them!

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 17:52 | 1365934 earnyermoney
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Forget Guantanamo, move straight to Predator drone strike.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:39 | 1366089 JW n FL
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they should have used the drones on Goldman Sachs or other AAA Rated Corporations! not kids bustin Ballz for LuLz!

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 17:53 | 1365950 cougar_w
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Some (most?) of these "guys" are 17 yo hacking from the school library.

Good fucking luck with that one, Sparky.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 17:57 | 1365967 nonclaim
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I thought he meant the other guys in the senate; the 71 yo hacking the school library (so nobody learns how to read the bills).

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:06 | 1365981 cougar_w
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o i c

nvr mnd

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 20:17 | 1366328 Tuco Benedicto ...
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Even better, as we have done before let's torture their children in front of the suspected terrorists.  This is what we have done before at GiTMO.  These are brave men that do this for our country.


Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 17:46 | 1365927 Cdad
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Oh man....I'm jiggling again.  Could someone please ping me and let me know that this is not some red pill/blue pill thing.  I'd really appreciate the reality check.



Mon, 06/13/2011 - 17:48 | 1365936 augie
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I'm so excited that any further hardening of my nipples would result in warping of the space time continuum. This is why hope is so dangerous. 

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 17:59 | 1365971 UGrev
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I feel time around my nipples slowing down as well.. 

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:08 | 1365984 Cdad
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Ummmm....excuse I was pill or blue?

Everyone's nipples not withstanding, I am becoming more confused, not less.


Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:20 | 1366030 cougar_w
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Ah! Then perhaps you are ready to actually begin your spiritual journey into knowing, grasshopper. The first step is always taken down the rabbit hole ...

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:22 | 1366037 Cdad
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WTF are you talking about?  I have been squatting in the cosmic bunny hole for months, and using my nonmortgage payments to finance short positions against ALL OTHER PEAKS in Austria, and now SHORT ALL OTHER SOLAR SYSTEMS.

I thought we were talking about those other guys' nipples?

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:28 | 1366049 cougar_w
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Mountains. Nipples. The universe is fractal!

I think I just had a religious experience.

Tue, 06/14/2011 - 01:00 | 1366936 Oh regional Indian
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Now this is funny. Excellent exchange. :-)


Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:09 | 1366003 CrazyCooter
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I am not sure if it is possible to know the "intent" at this time, perhaps for a long time.

"Hackers" are a spectrum, with "kids" at one end just running software they download from hacker sites and such. At the other end of the spectrum are pedantic geniuses probably motivated by an inner passion to know every itsy-bitsy detail of complex information architecture. Invariably, when you know every itsy-bitsy detail and how it all fits together, getting around is a lot easier than it seems.

I am pretty confident that script kiddies are not hacking into the Senate and bragging about it which puts us at the other end of the spectrum. So again, it comes back to intent.

One one hand, the groups could be legit, pissed off citizens (of many nations most likely) with a geniune desire to put an ice pick in the tires of the machine. On the other hand, this could be a complete shit show designed to destroy the competition through specific releases (every power has a list of close enemies they would love put out to pasture) with the culmination of internets as we know it getting the plug pulled. Ya know, to "protect us".

I am worried...



Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:24 | 1366038 Cdad
Cdad's picture red pill guy...which really sucks, as I have been eating red pills my entire life, and I was actually looking for a little blue pill relief on this one.

But I appreciate your straight answer, and I extend my respects in return.



Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:32 | 1366071 redpill
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Sudden rampant hack attacks just as resistance was building to internet regulation and the Bilderbergs were discussing kill switches.  Hmm, does seem a bit convenient, doesn't it?  

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:40 | 1366083 john39
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way too convenient. the internet is the only real threat to the NWO. because you can see joe lieberman salivating over the idea of a kill switch, you know where this is coming from.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:38 | 1366087 Cdad
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Sure...the actual red pill speaks...and his answer taken literally is, "Dude, take the 3D pill."

Uh huh....

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 23:18 | 1366785 spekulatn
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He [Leon Panetta] also testified at the hearing on the defense budget. "The days of large growth, unlimited defense budgets are over. "Our challenge will be to design budgets that eliminate wasteful and duplicative spending while protecting those core elements that we absolutely need for our nation's defense." He later said "the next Pearl Harbor that we face could well be a cyber attack" and that "we are no longer in the cold war, more like the blizzard war." If confirmed, Mr. Panetta, will be the 23rd U.S. Defense Secretary. – CSpan

Dominant Social Theme: Relax, we are trying to DEFEND YOU. (No, we're not.)

Free-Market Analysis: CIA Director Leon Panetta said in a recent hearing that the US may soon face a cyber attack that would be the equivalent of Pearl Harbor. (See excerpt above.) Pearl Harbor was a huge (possibly false flag) event that convulsed the US and provided a pretext for the US to go to war. We've written several recent articles now suggesting that Western powers-that-be have in mind expanding the wars in Eurasia and Africa.

Tue, 06/14/2011 - 01:02 | 1366940 Oh regional Indian
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Cui Bono, right redpill?
But I'll tell you one reason they will never "kill" the net.

it provides them too much good data for the "model". Way too much for them to do a clampdown. But, because they do own the back-end, they can fool all except the most determined into slow-morph walled garden.

Japan is the classic example of how to be free-in-chains, technologically speaking.


Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:37 | 1366076 CrazyCooter
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Ya know, to me it is just common sense, base on what I know/see.

Let me expand a bit. A while back, one of the guys who founded PayPal did an interview with someone (I forget who - PBS?). I forgot all the details, but one thing stuck with me. Basically he said that fraud was the biggest threat to their business model and that most fraud originated in the former soviet block countries. He went on to point out that they had (1) trashed economy (2) highly educated citizens (former soviet engineers/scientists) and (3) you couldn't legally touch them. So instead of building SA missiles or nukes, they went into hacking because it was a job.

Do not the drug lords in Mexico have engineers on the pay role (see the stuff on the drug submarines)? If you want to hire the right kind of geek and have the money to bank roll them, they are for hire.

So while it is entirely possible that this LULZ network formed out of the goodness of their hearts, it is far more likely that they are either (1) loosely working together for profit (think mercenaries with keyboards) or (2) owned by "someone" who has been bank rolling them for years.

However, we won't know anything until it happens, but I can assure you the elite are not stupid, not without tons of cash, and not without meticulous (contingency) planning skills.



Mon, 06/13/2011 - 19:22 | 1366198 zaknick
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Good thoughts on this. It could be anybody really. Look at syntax used and objectives for clues, I guess.

Wasn't the piratebay down?

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 17:50 | 1365928 kito
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any takers on guessing when will our electricity grid get will get hacked into and shut down? 

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 17:52 | 1365935 cougar_w
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Put the mouse down carefully and step away slowly.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 17:51 | 1365946 UGrev
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DateTime.Now.AddHours(((DateTime.Now.AddMonths(16).Subtract(DateTime.Now).TotalHours* 30) /42)).Date
Mon, 06/13/2011 - 19:36 | 1366235 jammin1
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5/27/2012 - is this a Book of Revelation prophecy?

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 19:53 | 1366255 UGrev
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nope.. I asked my 7 year old to come with 3 numbers between 1 and 50 and those are the three numbers I used to + , * and / by.. 

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 23:24 | 1366807 fuu
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Pretty decent psuedo random number generator you got there.

Tue, 06/14/2011 - 00:36 | 1366914 UGrev
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I enjoy involving my son in math problems.. he was upset that he had to go to bed because he wanted to do more math problems on my Android... but yeah.. he's pretty good with numbers. Is that date some sort of significant date or something? I didn't bother to google it and probably won't as I don't believe in prophetic "end of the world" stuff (and I'm making an assumption here).. 

Tue, 06/14/2011 - 15:39 | 1368672 fuu
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I dunno about the date. I just thought from a crypto point of view having a 7 year old pick random numbers has to be hard to account for.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:17 | 1366013 NotApplicable
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The day after the CIA decides to help the FBI launch a false-flag attack in order to scapegoat LulzSec (or Anonymous, which is a little more well "known").

I wonder, do you really believe hackers would do this, or are you just helping to set up the storyline for the upcoming psy-op?

Up until now, I've been giving you the benefit of the doubt that your opinions were at least your own. But for you just to come up with this statement out of the blue, is very, very suspect.

Your statement reeks of either ignorance or deceit. As always, time will tell.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:21 | 1366039 kito
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@notapplicable--out of the blue? as per the wsj, an unidentified u.s. military official was quoted- "If you shut down our power grid, maybe we will put a missile down one of your smokestacks.". sooo, who is the one mentioning this out of the blue? the military official or me?

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:34 | 1366078 NotApplicable
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Oh sorry, I don't frequent the MSM, so until I saw the Panetta post below, I didn't realize it had been instilled by the fear-mongers just yet. You were the first person I've seen parroting it back to the masses.

So.... I'll temporarily move you from the category of agent-provocateur and put you back into with the self-propelled tools (a.k.a. land of the statists).

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:40 | 1366090 kito
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oh come on, i'd prefer the former! 

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:44 | 1366100 NotApplicable
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Well, you'll have to try harder.

Not just anyone can make it as a double-naught spy.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 19:38 | 1366231 Hulk
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Mon, 06/13/2011 - 17:51 | 1365942 tmosley
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Tyler, I'm disappointed in you.  This wasn't Lulzsec, it was eBaumsworld.


Mon, 06/13/2011 - 17:58 | 1365957 cougar_w
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A grave insult! Only total war will ensure the peace!! 4chan will burN!!1!one!

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 17:51 | 1365944 LongBalls
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This is STUPID. Keep it up you retards. Give the government one more reason to pass another internet bill aimed at making anyone who wants access required to have some sort of ID registered with the government! That is assuming the ones doing it are not already affiliated.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:03 | 1365960 HamyWanger
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"This is STUPID. Keep it up you retards. Give the government one more reason to pass another internet bill aimed at making anyone who wants access required to have some sort of ID registered with the government!"

The very structure of TCP/IP makes an ID-mandatory system inapplicable and hackable. The only weak point of the Internet (and thus the only point on which governments can act) is the DNS servers. But the DNS aren't required at all for the Web to function. 

By the way, you already have your ID "mandatorily" registered: it's called an ISP subscription. 

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:04 | 1365975 cougar_w
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 it's called an ISP subscription. 

Maybe for your mom you do.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 23:55 | 1366866 A Nanny Moose
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That's why all the good haxx0rz war drive, or hit the local free WiFi hot spots.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:33 | 1366041 Conrad Murray
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This is STUPID. Keep it up you retards. Give the government one more reason to pass another internet bill aimed at making anyone who wants access required to have some sort of ID registered with the government! That is assuming the ones doing it are not already affiliated.

BAAWWWWWWWW. They don't have the balls to shut the internet down through legislation or executive order. Taking it down and blaming it on hackers, sure. But definitely not through law.

Injecting code into the ocean of lulz is the modern equivalent of throwing some tea in a harbor.

sic semper evello mortem tyrannis

Tue, 06/14/2011 - 00:01 | 1366873 RockyRacoon
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The last thing TPTB wants is the streets filled with bleary-eyed, pimply-faced, ashen-white, Dorito-encrusted dweebs roaming the streets looking for a gaming fix.   Talk about your unwashed masses.  The hell with Second Life, they don't have a handle on the First One yet.

Tue, 06/14/2011 - 00:34 | 1366913 HungrySeagull
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Just toss a few shiney hardware into the center of the packs.

They will fight each other like wolves contesting a Alpha Male.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 17:55 | 1365949 XRAYD
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Lets hope there were no naked photos of any kind! Give the age of some of the "members" the pictures would be ugly!

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:06 | 1365992 sabra1
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they did find a pic of janet napolitanos weiner, who knew!

Tue, 06/14/2011 - 05:09 | 1367131 Coldfire
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A picture of Big Cyst's weiner? Talk about TMI.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:37 | 1366074 Cheesy Bastard
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Yup, big difference between members of congress and congressional members. 

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:02 | 1365968 macholatte
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Dueling Hackers.


Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:04 | 1365970 XPolemic
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We continue to wonder just how safe the Fed's email server is...

Puleeze. Thats where the money is, so I somehow doubt it will be like breaking into the Senate's network. I mean, government, who gives a shit?

Harm the money though, and your ass is grass.

On another note, did anyone else see the hundreds of Virtual Host entries in the apache config that could have been done with a single mod-rewrite? LULZ.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:15 | 1366021 MayIMommaDogFac...
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Psssst -- the money is in THE EMAIL SERVER.  Be very quiet.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:18 | 1366034 LeBalance
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very nice:

Just Reply and You are $1,000,000,000 richer.

No need to read the "Larry Fine" print.

/nice play/

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 21:26 | 1366530 XPolemic
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While I get the joke, you would be surprised at just how true that is. We can all see the actions of the Fed, but emails would reveal their intent.

I always remember being surprised at some of the stuff that was written in emails during the Microsoft antitrust trial. I know in the end they just bought off the Justice Dept, but if it had been anybody else, those emails would have sunk them.

Imagine if you were to find this email.


From: ben.benanke

To:  POMO committee


Given the dire economic situation, it would be prudent to hold of on further treasury purchases until the equities markets are in freefall and the 'public' are demanding that we do something.

etc ...

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:20 | 1366028 LeBalance
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the Fed is where the money is....



what a Great Joke!  The Fed is where the money is...

oh thank you so much for that!

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 21:10 | 1366475 XPolemic
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I didn't say the money was worth anything, just that it was there.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 19:23 | 1366200 cgbspender
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On another note, did anyone else see the hundreds of Virtual Host entries in the apache config that could have been done with a single mod-rewrite? LULZ.


This is government work. He probably didn't have anything better to do all day! Given his level of competence, I wouldn't be surprised if he used WinSCP and notepad to edit httpd.conf!

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 21:14 | 1366480 XPolemic
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ROFL. Thanks, that made my morning.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 17:59 | 1365972 XRAYD
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CIA chief Panetta warns cyber attack could be 'next Pearl Harbor'


WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is giving significant new powers to its roughly 14,000 agents, allowing them more leeway to search databases, go through household trash or use surveillance teams to scrutinize the lives of people who have attracted their attention.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:13 | 1366012 macholatte
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You can't have a police state if people are free to exchange information or have too much information.  TPTB know the sheeple can't handle it and will crack under the pressure. A controlled flow of consistent propaganda is best for the sheeple.

Information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment.

-- Barack Obama



Mon, 06/13/2011 - 19:29 | 1366217 JW n FL
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"Information is putting to much pressure on our Democracy"

Barack Obama



Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:23 | 1366043 NotApplicable
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So, he's saying the a cyber attack could be the next excuse to launch a premeditated war?

CIA director Leon Panetta has warned that a large-scale cyber attack that could take down power, finance, security and governmental systems is a ‘real possibility’.

Well, what do you know, Panetta has the same talking points as kito? Go figure.

The setup continues...

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 19:31 | 1366222 XRAYD
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It's already a done deal:

"WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has adopted a new strategy that will classify major cyber attacks as acts of war, paving the way for possible military retaliation, the Wall Street Journal reported on May 31."

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 20:26 | 1366359 cosmictrainwreck
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OK....that's cool....I'm down with that.... PROVIDED the fucking idiots can figure out how to find the "terrorists" outside the USA and not eat their own young. Good luck... what's scary is all those fucks from NSA to DIA to the Pentagram couldn't find their own asses with two hands and a flashlight. Ergo, here com' da shit............ on citizens.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:04 | 1365985 Gubbmint Cheese
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go see if there's a cache for Larry Craig, check the file named, "wide stance.jpg"

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:11 | 1365999 A Dutch on Meth
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Good luck declaring your next war against a teenager in moms basement.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:26 | 1366054 NotApplicable
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Hasn't kept them from warring against drugs, has it? What's confusing is the idea that they're in it to "win." That's the last thing they want, as conducting war is where all the power comes into play.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:13 | 1366004 jmc8888
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I was going to say I guess they wanted access to skyrim early, but towards the end it said they did.  It does look awesome.  11/11/11 is a long time to wait. 


There is no action that gives gov't or corporations the right to be above the common man.  People that think this is giving the gov't leeway to screw us out of our rights, are those that have already deemed there is a legitimate reason for gov't to do so.  There isn't.



Mon, 06/13/2011 - 22:39 | 1366719 i-dog
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"People that think this is giving the gov't leeway to screw us out of our rights, are those that have already deemed there is a legitimate reason for gov't to do so.  There isn't."

+7 billion!

Sadly, the education system has been progressively brainwashing the serfs to be obedient tools of the State for nearly 150 years. Fortunately, those who frequent ZH are proof that the brainwashing doesn't always work....

Take the red pill, people, and jump down the rabbit's far more entertaining than American Idle!

Tue, 06/14/2011 - 01:16 | 1366962 Oh regional Indian
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Well said i-dog.

Interestingly enough, the root of education is educe, to lead. Education set's up minds to be led.

Pull your kids from school and home-school them. Don't spare the rod entirely.

Not likely, hmmm?


Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:13 | 1366014 GeneMarchbanks
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I'm giddy... God I hope more of this happens.

Does anyone think they'll go public with something juicy?

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:14 | 1366017 Conrad Murray
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Delicious moist cake, FTW.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:18 | 1366018 GeneMarchbanks
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I'm giddy... God I hope more of this happens.

Does anyone think they'll go public with something juicy?

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:16 | 1366019 GeneMarchbanks
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God was that you? Please don't duplicate my posts... k?

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:18 | 1366033 MayIMommaDogFac...
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Take the nitrous-oxide face-mask off before you hurt yourself.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:15 | 1366023 etudiant
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The axiom is that insecure governments incite half hearted rebellions that they can then wholeheartedly suppress.

We are seeing the former, here, at the IMF, and other places such as RSA and Lockheed Martin. Presumably the government is tolerating this, or at least turning a blind eye, because if the HB Gary protagonist was able to identify some of the leaders of Anonymous on his own, they should be duck soup for the FBI. Maybe these outfits are even getting government support for their actions, because they should not be hard to find. Even Spain did so.

In any event, the consequence will logically be a draconian set of internet restrictions.

In light of the implications of Stuxnet style attacks, it would be irresponsible to do anything less.

The only question is what incremental disaster it will take to have public acceptance.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:22 | 1366040 cougar_w
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You can have all the public acceptance you want, disaster or no.

Only the nontechnical public will be impacted by such measures. No servers will be any safer after than before. Only Joe Sixpack will be kept away from anything of interest, and that thing will only be truthiness.

But as you might readily conceed, that would be exactly the point.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 19:12 | 1366169 Jendrzejczyk
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"Only the nontechnical public will be impacted by such measures."


The hackers are running circles around the NSA.


Mon, 06/13/2011 - 19:31 | 1366221 cougar_w
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Indeed. That said I always wonder how many of these hackers work for the NSA.

To be really good at this you must trust no one, and cultivate a healthy skepticism, for nothing is ever entirely as it seems.

Except for me. I really am a cat.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 20:14 | 1366331 SilverDosed
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An NSA agent on a government salary working government hours doesnt stand a friggin chance against a 15 yr old who's willing to sit behind a screen for 18 hours a day, 365 days a year, with no monetary incentive, and only a sense of purpose guiding them.

Transalation: you dont stand a chance against those whose primary motivation is teh lulz.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 22:13 | 1366645 FWM
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One in four US hackers 'is an FBI informer'

"This is precisely the bizarre system of misrule I have elsewhere described as "anarcho-tyranny"—we refuse to control real criminals (that's the anarchy) so we control the innocent (that's the tyranny)." By the late, great Sam Francis
False Flag Racism: The Internet Proxy War
“Proxy Buster” Software Exposes False Flag Antisemite
Spammers Tied to Spy/Terror Groups

Put it all together if you want to give yourself so serious chest pain.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 19:58 | 1366279 Tuco Benedicto ...
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Ever occur to you that maybe the hackers "are" the NSA.  If not they'd be in jail right now. 


The U.S. Government is a one trick pony.  All they have are false flag attacks.  Those guys are so predictible.  Hey Feds!We know what you are doing you traitors and you "will" be brought to justice!


Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 21:00 | 1366428 Jendrzejczyk
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Your point has merit.

Plenty of "criminals" walking around not in jail though.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:33 | 1366060 NotApplicable
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Easy, just like kito and Panetta have said. There will be a false-flag attack on an electric utility.

Why else would they both tell us today?

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:38 | 1366086 kito
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this is exciting, im now a leading character in NotApplicable's new psyop thriller

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:53 | 1366116 NotApplicable
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Actually, I'm just the narrator.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 19:29 | 1366208 cougar_w
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Wait I sense a story line. Get Bruce Willis on the fucking phone, he'll want to own this. Is Tarantino done directing that stupid thing he was working on last month? Get him on the phone too.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 21:22 | 1366508 XPolemic
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My understanding, after Die Hard III and it's sequel, 911, that you have to do the movie first to prepare the proles to suspend disbelief.

Or you think they won't wait for the summer blockbuster season to run the movie before they run the real op? OR, was Firewall the preparatory movie?


Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:28 | 1366058 thegreatsatan
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125k a year doesn't buy much in the way of security:

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 19:36 | 1366225 JW n FL
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by thegreatsatan
on Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:28

125k a year doesn't buy much in the way of security:


Index of Senate Sergeant at Arms - Technology Development Services's staff, past and present  


Mon, 06/13/2011 - 19:42 | 1366238 Hulk
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How would you like to have had raises like that since 2004?

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:33 | 1366061 bugs_
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Who Vontz to know a sekret??

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:36 | 1366072 bankonzhongguo
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All these public "big hacks" are going to be used to control more, censor more, compel "licenses" to use a computer and Internet 2 - its all another false flag.

IMF, WB, Sony, the Senate, etc get "hacked" - only solution is more police?

Seems like reason enough to dissolve Fedline into SWIFT and limit the number of prime banks allowed to move money around to TBTF.  Now that's a control grid.

All these hacker groups are the Feds.  And if not, then certainly they have more than one informant watching, waiting and letting it all happen - for no prosecutions but plenty of no-bid contracts.

Its just another Internet underwear bomber ready to sell body scanners.

We have read this play book before.

Everyday its getting to be like reading Pravda.

Until a bank gets hacked by evil North Korea's and scheming Iranians and all those accounts go missing (how again?) (bank holiday) there is no security problem, unless you make a backdoor to your servers for the government.



Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:42 | 1366095 NotApplicable
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Two things come to mind about a false-flag on a Wall St. bank. First, they will get no public sympathy (remember, Dillinger was a hero to many common folks). Second, thanks to the FDIC and Sheila, the vast majority of acct. holders would take no loss.

Now, perhaps if they targeted a PD (or the Fed itself), claiming it has undermined the entire financial system, then you might get some traction? Otherwise, it's going to be a tough sell.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:52 | 1366113 john39
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but it would be a great distration... maybe a cover for the impending crash. recall rumsfeld's announcement on September 10, 2001 regarding the lost trillions at the pentagon? neither does anyone else.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:49 | 1366117 gall batter
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this is the easiest CAPTCHA i've solved, so...........

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 18:53 | 1366124 jackinrichmond
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another flaw in the fiat system.. it's very prone to cyber-disruptions..  the only thing holding the system together is electronic digits on computer networks..

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 19:04 | 1366147 zaknick
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Wasn't the pirate bay taken down? I remember that news. Honeypot ?

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 19:14 | 1366163 ThisIsBob
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Yawn.  Call me when you get into Goldman.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 19:27 | 1366202 kinetik
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Now that your government can kill American citizens without resorting to those icky legalisms, LulzSec might have the honour of being the first American citizens who were "taken out" by a Predator UAV launched Hellfire missile. On American soil no less. And when I typed "American citizen" earlier I meant "local insurgent".

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 19:31 | 1366212 cougar_w
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Like boxing with a shadow, my friend.

The Net is wide.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 19:41 | 1366237 JW n FL
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they will never find the people who pulled this off.. and God Bless them! who did Bitch Smack ALL of those Lobby Whores!


But there is always the other side...


The Senate has nothing on its ppublic servers.. and its a BIG Media! event with no real loss. someone could be fishing.. wanna be FBI-spear-phing for the other guys by bragging about what they (Pigs) did!


I hope they, ALL of they! dont trust anyone and enjoy themselves.. but that is not the case.. if you can hack you can gain entry to a point, slackers may be picked off.. I hope not! I pray not! Like the Catholic Church! I think they are God inspired!

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 20:34 | 1366367 doggings
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Now that your government can kill American citizens without resorting to those icky legalisms, LulzSec might have the honour of being the first American citizens who were "taken out" by a Predator UAV launched Hellfire missile. On American soil no less. And when I typed "American citizen" earlier I meant "local insurgent".

theyve been on that theme for a little while here

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 19:38 | 1366230 SpiritBlade
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So it appears that staging the next false flag hack attack to launch the War on Internet (free speech) is a pretext for cyber enslavement.




Mon, 06/13/2011 - 19:53 | 1366263 Tuco Benedicto ...
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Exactly, another lackey organization under the CIA payroll no doubt!


Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 20:32 | 1366372 SilverDosed
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Love all you idiots making massive assumptions in areas you dont have a friggin clue about. Just because you read a definition of who Anonymous is on encyclopedia dramatica doesnt mean you know anything. You guys are fear-mongering just as bad as the MSM. You dont help clear the picture when you're spreading dis-information just to hear yourself talk. I've agreed with some of your statements on other topics but when it comes to internet security, kindly fuck off.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 20:42 | 1366288 g
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I own an internet server. Truth is you have to be careless to get hacked. There are plenty of simple steps you can take. First and foremost is not picking stupid passwords, second is not using the same password for every account you have. Do not fear the hackers, fear the fucking idiots that do not secure their servers, its easy enough to keep them secure. I have owned a server for five years and have NEVER had a successful break in. We track all the brak in attrmpts, almost all of them come from Chinese ip addresses. The rest come from Russia and ex-soviet bloc countries and a very small number from S. America. It is entertaining hearing about successful hack attempts, says one thing, some asshole did not know how to secure their shit. Its easy. Ask for help if you do not know what you are doing.

The fear of hackers is a bit irrational if systems are secured. The fact is plenty of servers could be secured easily enough, do not do business with companies that have suffered security breqches. As for the power grid, government, banking servers there is really no excuse why they should ever get hacked if commonsense security measures were taken.


Do not let this whole issue become grounds for a power grab and regulations of the internet. this hacker fear is irrational, instead lobby or move your business away from organizations with poor track records. If you need tips or help ask a professional or ask people like me.


The other side of this is that we need more transperancy from the government, the fed, and the bank. It is quite possible these hackers are doing society a service by releasing information that should be public information.


Keep the internet free.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 20:46 | 1366390 GeoffreyT
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Two things, g.


First - the source IP address of an intrusion attempts is not a reliable indicator of the location of the perpetrator; IP spoofing is easy, but routing through a known Chinese IP is easier still (and is excellent misdirection for 'security consultants' whose expertise consists entirely of reading log files).


Second: if you think that having the right set of permissions on your files, and a good secure password on your admin login, are all that it takes, you're mistaken. On IIS systems there are backdoors about which Anon has long been aware. Those backdoors were inserted by the developers at the behest of the US National Insecurity complex, and are now biting various organisations on the ass.

On *nix boxes, exploits are somewhat more difficult, but between XSS exploits, sql injections, and the arrant stupidity of people who click on links in e-mails... no server with more than 5 users is safe IF someone moderately-skilled wants to hack it: by 'moderately skilled' I mean "several orders of magnitude more skilled than Mudge or Lame-o".


When you see that such-and-so a hack being reported as the result of a phishing e-mail or some other such falderol, you should treat that explanation with contempt. The media - which is now the propaganda arm of the political class - likes for the serfs to think that everything is a simple cartoon.

And for those who think this is a 'false flag' that will enable a crackdown: fact is, if there is a crackdown, the National Insecurity complexes of all major countries will experience informational Armageddon.


Imagine trying to do anything clandestine - domestically or in foreign jurisdictions - when the name of every undercover asset you have becomes 'open source'. States will be too busy killing each other's infiltrators, to be able to control we livestock.


Ask the mukhabarat (Egyptian secret police) how hard it becomes when your undercover assets become known... that's why they disappeared from the streets on Jan 28th. Without its jackbooted myrmidons, the State is impotent: the myrmidons (being inherently cowardly) get very tetchy if they think they will be at risk in their own homes (where they don't wear Kevlar, or hunt in packs).


And that's ONE of the countermeasures that have been being developed lo these past 25 years. This is not something that sprang from the internets, fully formed, in the last four months: this goes back to before the first version of Mosaic (the browser, not the stupid NSA intel-gathering protocol).

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 21:21 | 1366419 g
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I agree with your assessment. I do not host on Windows/IIS, preferring Linux myself. We do have one Windows server to run legacy Windows software, we do not allow that system to have direct internet access, the services it provides are tunneled by vpn. Applying and keeping up with kernel and software patches mitigates some of the risk. Simple things like stripping html tags, scripts, and sql from fields is another useful step. Buffer exploits are particularly dangerous and can allow arbitrary code execution, hardened kernels, updated patches are some possible preventitive measures. Employing anti-malware/anti-virus software can often prevent malicious code execution. We use strong encryption, and key files for ssh and vpn access. Proper firewall configuration is essential as well, and poorly understood by many techs.

We are aware of proxy mechanisms, including Tor etc, and do not always take ip addresses at face value. I mentioned the origination of those ip addresses to make people aware, for better or worse, where the systems are located that are used as pass throughs for malicious attacks. We also isolate many of our system in virtual machines.


Fact is that it is difficult to stop someone determined enough no matter what area is being attacked whether it is servers, terror, etc. Freedoms can not be usurped just because some risk is inherent to the system.

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 22:33 | 1366695 Rusty Shorts
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This is why i run windows 95

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 23:30 | 1366813 spekulatn
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This is why i run windows 95


I almost shi* myself. Well done Sir Rusty Shorts.

Tue, 06/14/2011 - 00:14 | 1366885 RockyRacoon
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Me too!  I'm still suffering withdrawals from MS-DOS. But for security reasons I've stuck with my Netscape browser.  Too many hackers getting into my IE 1.0

Tue, 06/14/2011 - 00:40 | 1366920 HungrySeagull
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Don't worry, I made a local college student genius rage leave the classroom from the Security class lab after I presented him with a series of dialog boxes ultimately ending in shutdown.


Course it only took the teacher 10 minutes to undo my master crafting which required two hours of careful poking about.

C format backed by Edpart and a few hours updating is my best defense.

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