Hackers attack al-Qaida, cripple communications

By Emil · 18 replies
Jun 30, 2011
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  1. Did you think all hackers just want to take down major corporations? Think again. A group of hackers have reportedly managed to shut down al-Qaida\'s Internet communications to the world,…

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  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,146   +911

    So basically FBI found the LuLSec guys and hired them? And now they're aiming for whatever the US Gov asks them to aim for? fair enough, they probably get paid well too...
  3. paynetrain007

    paynetrain007 TS Rookie Posts: 88

    You really think the government would hire those *****s from lulzsec, they hacked small targets and made a huge deal about it. The government has had cyber agents for a very long time.
  4. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +286

    Yes its totally the professionals called Lulzsec behind this....-.-
  5. edison5do

    edison5do TS Rookie Posts: 231

    That´s a Nice Move there!

    "Hey ¿You wanna HAck something??, Im not gonna dissapear you if you keep F#k!ng the Japanesse.. Cough Cough S0NY, and let US based companies alone.. cough cough MiCr.S.ft! and by the way, Please take this chek and hack Al-Qaida systems.. DO YOU AGREE WITH THAT?? or maybe you want to dissapear?"

  6. example1013

    example1013 TS Enthusiast Posts: 265

    Yeah, it was the botnet--I mean Lulzsec--guys the government used for this.
  7. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Yup sony is such a small target.

    In related news people who don't understand the hacking scene are trying to paint lulzsec as skiddies and are failing to do so. More at 11.
  8. Might want to get the cough looked at.. sounds nasty!
  9. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    That post reminded me of Bill the Cat.
  10. smaller targets are harder to hit :) LOL
  11. bakape

    bakape TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    Imo, guest struck gold here.
  12. Jesse

    Jesse TS Evangelist Posts: 358   +42

    Princeton, it's already been widely noted that Lulzsec did not use sophisticated methods, mainly SQL injections and vulnerabilities that are easy to take advantage of. I don't think you "understand the hacking scene".
  13. Jesse

    Jesse TS Evangelist Posts: 358   +42

    Are you really qualified to make this assumption? Considering this is a tech blog, this speculation seems inappropriate. Noting the possibility is one thing, but how can you confidently suggest this is the most likely source of the attack?
  14. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Didn't you watch Swordfish? =)

    I think that the existence of Stuxnet can readily lead one to such a conclusion. Who else would come up with a virus designed to specifically disable Iranian nuclear power plants?

    I personally think that its just as likely to be some hacker who sees "doing good" as more than stealing passwords from game forums. Setting aside 9/11, Al Qaeda probably kills 50 Middle Easterners for every western soldier.
  15. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 616   +176

    I don't agree with a lot that Anonymous does, but they are legit "hacktivists". Lulzec hit random targets with no agenda other than to prove they could. Not the same thing.
  16. Did the C.I.A get hacked again?
  17. Ithryl

    Ithryl TS Rookie Posts: 53

    The CIA could have done that over a LAN.
  18. I doubt the US Government is behind this. Why would they want to take down or cripple al-Qaida communcations when they could hack in and simply monitor them and get far more information?

    As for the Stuxnet, I would look at Israel.
  19. Report in today's Daily Telegraph that one of British security organs (MI5/6 ?) have taken down Al-Qaida's web site. Have no other confirmation.

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