This week its been quietly announced that members of the hacker group known as Anonymous are releasing their very own desktop operating system. This system is known at the moment as Anonymous-OS and is currently in as infant a stage as it possibly could be at version 0.1. That's pre-pre-Alpha, for those of you counting, and we're not even going to tell you to download it or do a search for it - keep your eyes off of it!
There's been a seemingly rather large rift in the hacker world this week with former head of the Anonymous-associated team LulsSec is now being accused of "snitching" to the FBI on his comrades. A handful of LulzSec-associated individuals have been arrested in the past week, and the most recent bit of news has been in regards to the safety of Sabu, the supposed informant. A document outlining the extent of Sabu's cooperating with the Federal government was signed on the 15th of August and made public just recently, and today we're finding that it does include several lines promising witness protection to the former hacker should he need it once his deeds were done.
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.
Today the words are being skewed, accusations are being tossed around, and there's no knowing exactly what's gone on in a case that seems to have suddenly torn the hacker group LulzSec asunder. As the story goes, former top LulzSec man Hector "Sabu" Xavier Monsegur was until last year working with the loosely organized group of hackers and pushing their agenda on the world, no quarter given. Now it seems that his arrest this past June has turned into a guilty plea revealed today in an unsealed court document that points toward the idea that Sabu may have worked with the FBI to lessen his own sentence in exchange for giving up information that lead to the arrest of several of his former compatriots - but it's not that cut and dry.
The LulzSec saga continues, although it may perhaps be at its end in this bizarre development that reads like something out of a movie. The shadowy organization has reportedly been brought down by the FBI, who have been working with LulzSec’s own leader, Hector Xavier Monsegur, otherwise known as “Sabu”, after the hacker agreed to cooperate having been arrested in mid-2011.
Sony has inadvertently found itself funding FreeAnons, after band Atari Teenage Riot agreed to one of its tracks being used in a PS Vita commercial but donated the fee to the Anonymous legal support group. Alex Empire of Atari Teenage Riot has some history with Sony - the company used a track of his without permission back in 1999 in a Handycam commercial - and so couldn't resist suggesting track Black Flags when the Japanese company came looking for music for its new Vita advertising campaign. The song contains multiple references to Anonymous and has been used in several Occupy Wall Street (OWS) promotional videos.
This week a couple of names in information security and the hacking of said information have popped up in relation to one another once again, Symantec accusing certain downloads of Anonymous web tools of containing malware in and of themselves. It is with the tools in question that the utterly massive hacker collective known as Anonymous is able to carry out DoS attacks with the help of users all around the world. What Symantec is saying today is that these tools, or at least some versions of the downloads of these tools, also contain malware that infects the user's own machine at the same time as they attack others.