What is LulzSec?

lulzsec.jpeg?w=150&h=150&crop=1LulzSec, short for Lulz (a neological spelling of LOLs) Security was a prominent hacking group known for their high profile attacks. They are currently inactive, and some of their members have been absorbed into the larger hacking group Anonymous. The group was active for about fifty days in 2011, finally shutting down on June 26th, 2011.

Partial List of Attacks (May 7th to June 26th, 2011)

  • Denial of service¬†attacks on 1
  • Posting of personal data from Nintendo websites 2
  • Posting of data from the U.S. senate website 3
  • Online publication of thousands of transaction logs from ATMs in the U.K. 4
  • Attack on FBI affiliated website InfraGard, and publication of personal data from its user base. 5
  • Multiple, extensive attacks on Sony Entertainment, including, and the PlayStation Network. 6

Attack Methods

Lulzsec primarily uses distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) to take down websites for short periods of time (usually no more than 24 hours). They also illegally collect personal information, such as account names, passwords and associated email addresses from government websites, online gaming websites, and other websites and publish them online. 7

Safety Concerns

  • As always, be careful where you share personal information on the web, including information that is "private."
  • Report Internet Crime you witness or are a victim of to the correct authorities. See here for more details.

Where can I learn more?

  • Hacking 101
  • This article provides a pretty good overview of some of the different hacking groups active on the web today.