Lulz Secuirty is a name given to a loosely tied together group of hackers that operate to bring their form of Web justice to the Internet. This weekend they hacked into the US Senate website for fun and posted files online.The Senate claims that the security of staff had not been compromised but the attack had been “inconvenient”. The attack has caused major concern and a holistic security review of the Senate website is under way. Those that administrate the website had become aware of the attack at the weekend and are making sure if any other sites hosted on that domain had been compromised.
Martina Bradford, who is the Senate Deputy Sergeant-at-Arms, states “Specifically, there is no individual user account information on the server supporting senate gov that could have been compromised.” The release is held at http://lulzsecurity.com/releases/, having had a look it seems that nothing of much interest had been stolen. Lulz Security are doing this in the hope of getting some reaction, their tag line is ‘laughing at your security since 2011”.
The attack is probably directly related to a comment made by unnamed military official in the Wall Street Journal about missiles and smokestacks. At the top of the Lulz Security report the hacker team wrote:
“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 Senate.gov – is this an act of war, gentleman? Problem?”
It will be interesting to see how the US government reacts to this taunting.