LulzSec Takes Down the CIA Website

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News Posted: Wed, Jun 15 2011 11:33 PM
Apparently offended by a random Twitter user who basically called them small potatoes as the group had been picking on relatively small targets such as Eve Online and others, LulzSec has pulled off their biggest hack ever: they have, according to the group, taken down cia.gov.

The CIA site is again up, as least for now. The Twitter user, @Quadrapodacone, said that a DDoS attack on these sites was easy and not really hacking. He also challenged them to hack fbi.gov or cia.gov.

While LulzSec has indeed taken down cia.gov, as @Quadrapodacone said, anyone can create a botnet and use the LOIC (Low Orbit Ion Cannon) or some similar tool to DDoS a site. The LOIC is so simple, anyone can use it.

@Quadrapodacone isn't impressed by LulzSec taking down cia.gov. Expect to see something else, like LulzSec breaking in and getting passwords or at least server logs, before this is through.

The challenge and response came shortly after LulzSec announced a "Dial-a-Hack" hotline.
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JHook replied on Thu, Jun 16 2011 5:28 AM

Slow news day HotHardware?

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Inspector replied on Thu, Jun 16 2011 7:48 AM

Nope, I love reading this! Keeps me updated! :D

I just don't know which side I'm even on...

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The CIA website is just a public page with some information on it. I highly doubt it is linked to their network with the real information in any way shape or form. So while Lulz may be biting off more than they can chew by taking down a security agencies website I don't see how they have anything to gain by it.

How many attacks do you think the fbi.gov and cia.gov sites see everyday I would guess it is in the 10's of thousands range.

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AKwyn replied on Thu, Jun 16 2011 8:02 AM

Well said. Even the CIA says there's no sensitive information on the site, so what the hell was the point of all of that?

 

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FreeJet replied on Thu, Jun 16 2011 9:17 AM

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DOverbagh replied on Thu, Jun 16 2011 9:40 AM

Ya, nothing like painting a giant target on your forehead ...dumb 'hack'.

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EHarler replied on Thu, Jun 16 2011 10:59 AM

Did someone say set up?

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Inspector replied on Thu, Jun 16 2011 12:09 PM

LOL,so the setup is still ongoing then :), they want lulzsec to get data from the server :D.

But lulzsec should keep their hacking away from me :P, leave them games alone! D:<

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LLeCompte replied on Thu, Jun 16 2011 2:19 PM

man there has been a lot of hacking lately huh? Whats with all these main stream hackers? Are they tired of the underground?

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EHarler replied on Thu, Jun 16 2011 5:46 PM

Maybe being underground was becoming too mainstream for them.

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Does anyone else picture in their mind the "members" of Lulz and Anonymous looking like Angelina Jolie with short hair? Smokin hot and rocking an awesome machine?

Now you're just mashing it!

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omegadraco replied on Thu, Jun 16 2011 11:07 PM

Haha hell yeah Drake... A good old Hackers reference. such a terrible movie but I still love it.

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This is great! I hope they stir up the "big dogs" enough to get some retribution. Anyone who hacks others' sites and causes mayhem just for fun should be put safely away, just like the ones who destroy others' physical property just for fun are.

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Haha, I had to! I was surprised no one else has! Now I'm on the hunt for it, all of this talking makes me want to watch it.

Now you're just mashing it!

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rrplay replied on Sat, Jun 18 2011 1:16 AM

Some hunters prefer to be 'awaiting in the weeds' just like some fishing folks use bait !

just a matter of time for the predator to prevail.,

@drake Sometime I think of Gardner in Alias.

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Lamar Kropf:

This is great! I hope they stir up the "big dogs" enough to get some retribution. Anyone who hacks others' sites and causes mayhem just for fun should be put safely away, just like the ones who destroy others' physical property just for fun are.

I agree completely, Lulz talks the good talk that they hack for the people. But instead they cause damage and expose peoples personal information.

 

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