LulzSec attacks Minecraft, Eve Online, League of Legends, others

By on June 14, 2011, 7:14 PM

Ever persistent in their hunt for "lulz," the crew behind Lulz Security struck again today, bombarding no less than five separate companies with distributed denial of service attacks. Celebrating "Titanic Takeover Tuesday," the group boasted of its antics on Twitter and even allowed visitors to request certain targets be attacked by calling 614-LULZSEC.

Starting approximately eight hours ago with Escapist Magazine, the group claimed that it was hammering the site with only 0.4% of its total ammunition. "Let's see what their admins are made of -- game is on folks," said LulzSec. Although it was reportedly taken offline at some point, the gaming magazine's site currently loads for us -- albeit very slowly.

After tackling Escapist, LulzSec set its crosshairs on the space-themed MMORPG Eve Online. The group not only disabled Eve's login server, but also their website (eveonline.com -- it appears to be functioning now). LulzSec proceeded to attack FinFisher.com, because "they sell self monitoring software to the government or some shit like that."

Minecraft felt the group's wrath next, having its login servers incapacitated. The popular dig 'em up's site was also taken offline thanks to a flash mob of angry gamers, not a direct assault by LulzSec. A similar attack was repeated against League of Legends: its login servers were hit by a DDoS and its main site(s) buckled under the load of seething players.

None of the attacks seem to have been provoked, nor do they serve a purpose beyond LulzSec's entertainment. The group made headlines just yesterday for publishing information swiped from the servers of Bethesda and the US Senate. Last month, they infiltrated Sony Pictures and released a stack of sensitive user data, including plaintext passwords.




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Guest said:

Ok, there are some people that can hack sites. Wow. Bravo. Hacking random sites to show what exactly? That they are vulnerable? All sites are vulnerable one way or another. I may be just a user but I thought of hackers as some really smart people that like being challenged & showed the flaws of major websites, corporations & even government institutions. In one way they kept them on their toes by making them improve security. I think that attacking random sites is plain stupid.

princeton princeton said:

I love oblivious people like the guest above. They're just doing it for the lulz. They do it because they can do it, and they find it entertaining.

Guest said:

It's all fun and games with this random hacking but one of these days they will mess with the wrong people.

I really think that every time LulzSec attacks someone and there is coverage it encourages them to continue in their stupidity.

I'm all for political activism that provides real solutions to help people keep their rights and freedoms but this is getting ridiculous.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

The affected companies should just offer a bounty on them, like in the olden days. Put enough money on the table, they'll get sold out by someone. There is no point in doing something for the lulz if you don't brag about it.

TrekExpert TrekExpert said:

Attacking Sony was one thing. They deserved it even if it was wrong to do it. Attacking sites like Minecraft on the other hand... That is just low. Enough is enough. They need to take these guys down using whatever means necessary.

Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

"Most of you are probably infected right now and don't realize. You know those times your Internet freaks out? Yeah, that's us firing."

- LulzSec The Lulz Boat

They are using bot nets and its most of YOUR GUYS' FAULT. Only blame yourself for the abilities of Lulzsec.

Guest said:

Ok, now these "Lulzsec" guys are just becoming a nuisance now.

Attacking random sites? really?

At least when Anonymous attacks sites there is some reason behind it (not condoning what they do in the slightest)

These guys have just sprung up within the last few months, and I'm sure that they will disappear within the next few. They have no purpose other then "for the Lulz", and eventually they are going to piss off the wrong people, get found out and charged, if not jailed.

Guest said:

LulzSec group reminds me of brand name knockoffs of the real thing. They just make real hackers like in Anonymous look bad.

princeton princeton said:

trillionsin said:

"Most of you are probably infected right now and don't realize. You know those times your Internet freaks out? Yeah, that's us firing."

- LulzSec The Lulz Boat

They are using bot nets and its most of YOUR GUYS' FAULT. Only blame yourself for the abilities of Lulzsec.

Yah most of us assumed they used large botnets of zombie machines. Honestly tech tards who allow themselves to get infected should be held just as accountable as the people controlling the botnet. If you don't understand how to secure yourself then don't use the internet at all.

Honestly if these guys get caught they'll be serving multiple lifetime sentences so I hope they know how to run fast. It's only a matter of time before Anonymous calls these guys out, I've seen multiple threads, pastebin chats and irc channels with anon members discussing what to do.

tonylukac said:

Don't you know. It's part of Hollywood's plan to get rid of the internet.

DokkRokken said:

I think LulzSec is just adding a little 'fear' and panic for their own fun. Even typical /b/tards know a much greater degree of internet security than Joe Average.

Groups like LulzSec are enabled through incompetence. Both that of corporate SysOp's and casual users. If people exercised an ounce of security, there'd be fewer problems. It irks me that these attacks are being covered by the media (good), but viewers aren't told how they can help by keeping their PC in order (bad).

Guest said:

IMAO fear and panic for their own fun sounds like an antisocial persona.

I hope the Anonymous and the real hacking community take out these wannabe ones in LulzSec.

Cota Cota said:

Princeton said:

trillionsin said:

"Most of you are probably infected right now and don't realize. You know those times your Internet freaks out? Yeah, that's us firing."

- LulzSec The Lulz Boat

They are using bot nets and its most of YOUR GUYS' FAULT. Only blame yourself for the abilities of Lulzsec.

Yah most of us assumed they used large botnets of zombie machines. Honestly tech tards who allow themselves to get infected should be held just as accountable as the people controlling the botnet. If you don't understand how to secure yourself then don't use the internet at all.

Honestly if these guys get caught they'll be serving multiple lifetime sentences so I hope they know how to run fast. It's only a matter of time before Anonymous calls these guys out, I've seen multiple threads, pastebin chats and irc channels with anon members discussing what to do.

Haha those noobs put food on my table, but no matter how much i agree on how low powered PC users screw the internet i gotta disagree on making them part of the crime chain (just like we saw on that case in wich innocent people was charged by piracy or child pornography) there's simple no way to educate all people or make such wide criminal charges, or even more crude and realistic... there's no hope of that coming to be real. Noobs will always exist and users who exploit those noobs will do so too.

Besides... isnt fun to screw around whit noobs?

@Lulz, hack WoW =D the best lols come from big jokes not small ones.

(lawyer says i should point that theres no relation in my phrase that mixes WoW and a joke, even tho they are)

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Well they didnt get into EVE Online, when the attacks started they quickly took down the servers to avoid customer information getting compromised, which led to the site and login being down (I'm test driving a trial account so I got to read about it now)

Kudos to Eve admins and security.

Now the rant, no maybe not a rant but I hope they get caught and forced to eat their own balls if they have any. When it happened to Sony well... they had it comming and no one can say the oposite, now this was not justified and not only they attacked the gaming companies but the gaming industry and us gamers with no other goal than for the "lulz" is plain childish and dumb, if you read this I hope you grow and learn from the real hackers out there (Or if YOU read me I hope you can teach them).

Guest said:

They should hack EA to punish them for their pre-order nonsense with BF3

NeoFryBoy said:

I like it. Corporations are running around with our data and not protecting the data from hackers. These guys are just showing how susceptible every site is determined to be via cost cutting and stupid administration.

So the only company that cares about security is Nintendo so far. Keep sniffing them out.

slamscaper slamscaper said:

What about all the servers they try to break into, but fail? This is never reported of course, seeing as Lulzsec themselves are the ones starting these stories.

Right now they are being watched by entities that are far more capable than they are, so it's only a matter of time before they get a wake up call.

Guest said:

"Although it was reportedly taken offline at some point, the gaming magazine's site currently loads for us -- albeit very slowly"

Seriously? I've been on Escapist almost all day and it's been loading fine. Hmm...

"Minecraft - Hit"

Don't care. >_>

"Eve Online - Hit"

Meh. -_-

"League of Legends - Hit"

Pff-HAHAHA. I have played LoL before. I quit when it became over run by a bunch of dicks.

Does the phone number work still? I'd love them to hit EA. The BF3 is not really main reason why, but that did irk me some as well.

Guest said:

battle.net was down last night, affecting diablo, Warcraft 3 and Starcraft login servers... no mention so far if it was by an attack.

btw, ddos attacks are so basic it's practically embarrassing for lulzsec to resort to such vulgar methods... at least actually hack something impressive

Guest said:

A Ddos attack is not hacking, it's just annoying.

H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Guest said:

battle.net was down last night, affecting diablo, Warcraft 3 and Starcraft login servers... no mention so far if it was by an attack.

btw, ddos attacks are so basic it's practically embarrassing for lulzsec to resort to such vulgar methods... at least actually hack something impressive

Tuesday night, could be maintenance.

Guest said:

Now we are sure they are just a bunch of kids.

I hope they realise they are only contributing to the existence of more security controls, which then is usually followed by increased censorship and repression.

If they really want to use their power to do something useful, they could attack those virtual gold mining sites. Now that would bring a lot of lulz...

r8bwp said:

Did i hear some sobbing from the prison showers as someone is forcibly hacked LulzSec

Guest said:

Tech sites should stop posting news about these hackers, no news = no "glory".

NeoFryBoy said:

Guest said:

Tech sites should stop posting news about these hackers, no news = no "glory".

Yeah, that would kill 1% of their publicity...

princeton princeton said:

Guest said:

battle.net was down last night, affecting diablo, Warcraft 3 and Starcraft login servers... no mention so far if it was by an attack.

btw, ddos attacks are so basic it's practically embarrassing for lulzsec to resort to such vulgar methods... at least actually hack something impressive

If anything is embarassing it's that they were able to use an SQL injection to take down an entire corporation. That's basic stuff.

Guest said:

Theres a way to stop anonymous and lulzsec...companies just need to put in a 256bit hash encryption or 512bit DES-X, thats it, no brute force or DDoS will push through that since its almost impossible to hack

Guest said:

I think anonymous should hack the heck out of lulzsec. Like a battle of the strongest and smartest. I'm sure anonymous would pwn lulzsec...

stewi0001 stewi0001 said:

artix said:

Guest said:

battle.net was down last night, affecting diablo, Warcraft 3 and Starcraft login servers... no mention so far if it was by an attack.

btw, ddos attacks are so basic it's practically embarrassing for lulzsec to resort to such vulgar methods... at least actually hack something impressive

Tuesday night, could be maintenance.

Yea Blizzard does their maintenance on Tuesdays.

Guest said:

"All your base are belong to Lulzsec"... Holy crap! Honestly, if I was expecting all this publicity I'd at least get my freaking grammer right! What a tosser!

mailpup mailpup said:

@guest above, that's just a play on the phrase, "All your base are belong to us." Google it for more info.

Guest said:

The thing that is annoying about this is if a group went to their local brick and mortar store and basically built a concrete wall in front of the entrance they would have the police beating them down with batons in a matter of minutes and be facing harsh prison sentences for their actions. All the IC3 needs to do is nail a few of these "hackers" to the wall with long prison sentences then the douchebags will realize there are consequences for their actions.

Guest said:

can't wait for these a-holes to go to jail where they belong and get butt raped...maybe they can take princeton with them.

Guest said:

If they keep this up they are going to end up on someone's list.

Personally, I hope they do and I hope whoever finds them throws away the key....permanently.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Guest said:

can't wait for these a-holes to go to jail where they belong and get butt raped...maybe they can take princeton with them.

Princeton! I think you have a fan!

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Also to note btw, I was soo close to calling the Lulz number and getting them to smash my work IP, then not much work could be done! :P

Raswan Raswan said:

gwailo247 said:

The affected companies should just offer a bounty on them, like in the olden days. Put enough money on the table, they'll get sold out by someone. There is no point in doing something for the lulz if you don't brag about it.

I can't believe this has happened yet, right? WTF are they doing over there?

Guest said:

To lump LulzSec with real hackivists such as Anonymous is like compared a transvestite to a real women. Not knocking on transvestites, just making a point.

Mindwraith said:

they get entertainment out of hacking websites? those nerds need to get laid...

Guest said:

Lulz sucks. They are not even hacking. They just use DDoS to bombard the sites to take them down. Lulz blows. Lulz go away. Boooooo Lulz. Booooo. Screw Lulz.

Guest said:

I feel sorry for the Lulz hackers. Whas a sad sad life they must lead.

PanicX PanicX, TechSpot Ambassador, said:

Guest said:

Theres a way to stop anonymous and lulzsec...companies just need to put in a 256bit hash encryption or 512bit DES-X, thats it, no brute force or DDoS will push through that since its almost impossible to hack

I'm actually confounded by how dumb this post is.

example1013 said:

I think most of you fail to realize that Anonymous also does random, terrible things (look into their defacement of Facebook memorials), and that at least most of Anonymous is a glorified bot net. I'm not going to say no members of Anonymous know what they're doing, but I'll say that most of them are just voluntarily running a program to collectively DDoS sites.

Also, Nintendo has no internet security, because Nintendo has no internet. You can't even play games over anything but WEP encryption n the DS/DSi, and while WPA is useable for things other than games, they don't even have WPA2, meaning they're years behind in wireless security.

Nintendo products barely connect to the internet. Nintendo hasn't been hacked because their databases are probably so poorly designed that whatever a hacker found would be unintelligible. They have no sense of the online world.

Guest said:

What is really sad is all this hacking bs will only result in more government regulation for the rest of us. The days of an open and free internet are coming to an end, because some script kiddies wanna LOL...

..sigh..

Guest said:

This guy have some other idea about it all. True or false ? : http://www.americansansculottes.com/2011/06/urgent-false-fla
-attacks-intensify.html

Guest said:

example1013, Anonymous has many factions that use that name. I agree that certain so-called "anonymous" are full of ****** that live in their parent's basement doing nothing in life, there are real hackivists using the Anonymous name.

Guest said:

It's not entirely for the lulz, Lulzsec claim to be declaring war with the site they originated from, 4chan. it's old users vs the new users who are in many eyes, the cancer killing /b/....which they are. The gaming sites taken offline were amoung the few sites well known to be favorite games of the newfags. Lulzsec / Anonymous / anonop / etc etc they're all pretty much Anonymous, they're all causing hell on the internet, but they disagree with how to do so.

Guest said:

it's not WoW get your facts right

it was down for like a minute and I can't recall it happening in the whole 9 years if the game, coincides with the Lu sec news though

H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

In all honesty Lulzsec is really pi****g me off. Why bother? Its not like bringing down a site is hard, anyone can do a DDos attack.

"Ok, there are some people that can hack sites. Wow. Bravo. Hacking random sites to show what exactly?"

Idd agree what on earth they trying to proove? They should quit already.... Bloody stupid they are...

Guest said:

LulzSec latest lulz was using a denial of service attack on the CIA's public computers. Whomever these hacker wannabes are they are just playing with death now.

It may all be for the lulz but when the government agents come armed with AR-15s, the lulz will be over for those that are responsible.

Maybe they get their Call of Duty buzz when seeing real AR-15s being pointed at them.

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