Latest Hacktivism Stories

Pastebin Cracking Down On Hackers
2012-04-03 13:41:55

After years of use and abuse by hackers, Pastebin is taking a stand by vowing to purge improper use from its servers. The site was originally created in 2002 to host small amounts of text and was intended for programmers looking to store bits of code and configuration information. More recently, the site has been attracting activity from hacker collectives like Anonymous and LulzSec. These hackers have used Pastebin for more dubious and often illegal purposes, including the dumping of...

2011 Was A Big Year For Hacktivists
2012-03-22 13:17:17

Verizon unveiled on Thursday that hacktivist groups like Anonymous stole about 100 million Internet user's data in 2011. Verizon said in its annual Data Breach Investigations Report on Thursday that of the 177 million records stolen by hackers in 2011, 100 million were taken by a hacktivist group. According to the report, half of the 177 million records stolen were specifically from the Anonymous hacktivist group. Verizon said that 2011 was the second-highest year of data loss that...

Anonymous-OS Released Into The Wild...Best To Steer Clear
2012-03-16 05:03:13

Michael Harper for RedOrbit.com A new operating system called “Anonymous-OS” has been released on the internet. The operating system bears the name of the now infamous “hacktivist” collective “Anonymous” and includes a number of hacking tools. However, the “official” word from Anonymous is that they have nothing to do with the operating software. Despite the unsavory nature of the group and numerous warnings against downloading the software,...

Anonymous Takes Down Vatican Website
2012-03-08 12:36:03

The notorious hacking group Anonymous took down several Vatican websites on Wednesday, calling the Catholic Church "corrupt." The group took down www.vatican.va, as well as several Vatican-related sites including that of its newspaper. The hackers said it decided to take down the sites in "response to the doctrine, to the liturgies, to the absurd and anachronistic concepts that your for-profit organization spreads around the world." "This attack is not against the Christian religion...

Anonymous Targets Panda Labs Following Lulzsec Arrests
2012-03-08 05:37:31

A website belonging to antivirus software and Internet security firm Panda Security was targeted by members of the hacking collective Anonymous Tuesday in what various media outlets are calling retaliation for the arrest of five members of the Lulzsec group earlier this week. According to BBC News reports Wednesday, the hackers identified themselves as members of AntiSec, a collaborative cybercrime effort involving members of both Lulzsec and Anonymous, targeted "the website of Panda Labs'...

Failed Anonymous Attack On Vatican Analyzed By Security Firm
2012-03-01 12:24:35

Imperva, a data-protection firm, claims it was able to use Anonymous' failed Vatican attack to unveil the structure behind the hacktivist group's methods. Researchers at the firm had advance warning of the attack, so they were able to watch it closely as the group began to attempt to take down their target. "The thing that distinguishes hacktivism from financially motivated attackers is that they're loud and they preannounce," Amichai Shulman, CTO of Imperva, said in a meeting at a...

Anonymous Takes Down FTC Websites
2012-02-18 05:29:29

Hacktivist group Anonymous claimed it has broken into websites of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. The group said it attacked the FTC's consumer protection business center and the National Consumer Protection Week websites. Both of the sites were replaced with a violent German-language video that criticized the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. This agreement was signed by several countries, but its restrictions on online piracy have met criticism from hacktivists. An FTC...

Anonymous Plans To Publish Security Firm's Emails
2011-12-28 13:31:01

The hacktivist group known as AntiSec, which includes members from the notorious group Anonymous, has vowed to release 2.7 million confidential emails it stole from U.S. security firm Stratfor. The group said it intends to further embarrass the intelligence company it hacked over Christmas by publishing the communications. AntiSec posted the credit card numbers, passwords, and home addresses of 100,000 of Stratfor's clients on Monday, including Apple, the U.S. Army and Air Force, MSNBC,...

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