Earlier this week, AntiSec, part of Anonymous, hacked and defaced Panda Security’s PandaLabs website after the FBI arrested five members of LulzSec. AntiSec have struck again, this time hacking New York Ironworks website, a company dealing in law enforcement supplies. They also posted a message taunting the FBI.
Notorious hacker group Anonymous has taken down the Vatican's website today in an attack against the scandals and conservative doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. The Italian branch of the hacker group claimed responsibility for the breach and even posted a statement listing the Church's misdeeds throughout history.
Yesterday we learned of the arrests of five members of hacker group LulzSec, seemingly brought down by their own leader working in tandem with the FBI. Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka “Sabu”, was arrested back in June 2011 and is thought to have been working with the FBI ever since. In response, members claiming to be part of Anonymous have hacked and defaced Panda Security’s PandaLabs website.
Happy Tuesday, everyone. You're no doubt anxious and ready to hear all about the election returns from Super Tuesday, but until then here's some tech news to keep you busy. For starters, we've got a fresh hot rumor that the iPad 3 will have LTE support for both AT&T and Verizon, and we might even hear something about a brand new Apple TV at tomorrow's much anticipated announcement.
It appears that an iPhone 5 4G LTE is still in the works as a 4G Long-Term Evolution testing code has been discovered in beta builds of Apple's next version of their mobile operating system iOS 5. This is but a single one of several reports, leaks, or otherwise rumors that have been reported over the past year of an iPhone 5 running the next-generation mobile connectivity, the most recent of which appeared August 15th when the report was that LTE iPhone 5 carrier testing had begun. Code referring to 4G LTE mobile connections testing inside the device documents relating to the situation supposedly appears amid iPhone 5 firmware in this case as well - does this mean we're looking at a 2011 iPhone 5 LTE?
It's time again for us to hear from Anonymous, that rather well-known yet hacker group whose members remain largely, well, anonymous. The announcement made today makes clear that whichever member(s) of the hacktivist group have created said call to action are preparing to take down Facebook, one of the most popular and well-traveled social networks and indeed websites on the internet. Of course, as with all "Anonymous" messages, only time will tell if this announcement is "real", "fake", or just a message made by a single "member" of Anonymous to rally the rest of the "real" Anonymous troops. This message makes reference to several past news releases tying Facebook to the sharing of "private" user information and notes that Facebook is the antithesis of the AntiSec cause.
A fellow by the name of Sanford Wallace, otherwise known as one of the "Spam Kings", has been charged with 11 federal criminal counts, these counts related to 27 MILLION unsolicited SPAM messages sent via Facebook servers. FBI officials note that Wallace received "substantial revenue" for this so-called "scheme" in which 500,000 Facebook users accounts were compromised. As of August 7th, 2011, Wallace has turned himself into authorities, has pled not guilty, and is free on a $100,000 bond while he faces more than 40 years in prison for his alleged crimes. Lulzsec and Anonymous have been unavailable for comment.*
It's that time again; the SlashGear Week in Review is back. One of my favorite stories from last week was the LEGO DIY R2D2 robot. The robot was remote controlled and even the little dome turned making for a very cool project. The teen LulzSec hacker that was arrested in Britain recently was found to have details on hundreds of thousands of people on his computer. The exact number according to the police was 750,000 different personal records on people.
Another day, another Apple production rumor, and as the whispers in Taiwan would have us believe that Apple's suppliers are already gathering together materials for iPhone 5 and iPad 3 manufacture, ahead of an official unveil in September and commercial release in October. Your favorite component gossip source, DigiTimes, has it on anonymous authority that Foxconn - which will be slapping all the parts together - will be making a single fifth-gen iPhone, rather than both a cut-price iPhone 4S and flagship iPhone 5.
The hacker responsible for the AT&T iPad data breach has admitted his guilt in court this week, and faces a potential penalty of up to five years imprisonment and up to $250,000 in fines. The US Attorney's Office in the District of New Jersey announced the plea submission, along with details of the hack - which saw subscriber details for iPad owners using the AT&T 3G capabilities of the first-gen tablet extracted in a brute force attack on the carrier's servers - in a press release.