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Eve, Minecraft, League of Legends and The Escapist all hacked

Wed 15 Jun 2011 8:02am GMT / 4:02am EDT / 1:02am PDT
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Lulzsec claims responsibility for further disruption as attacks continue

More disruption has arisen from the spate of hacking and denial of service attacks plaguing the games industry, with the servers of Minecraft, Eve Online, League of Legends and The Escapist the latest victims.

Claiming responsibility for the latest attacks is the Lulzsec collective, which has been inviting the nomination of targets, and announcing their downfall, via its Twitter feed.

Lulzsec is also the group which claimed to be behind the recent breach of Nintendo's security, as well as Bethesda and an attack on Sony.

Whilst Eve, Minecraft and League of Legends' login servers were targeted as a result of Tweeted requests, The Escapist appears to have been attacked in retaliation for forum comments threads disparaging the group.

After the DDoS attack against The Escapist, Lulzsec claimed via Twitter that bringing the site down took only 0.4 per cent of its botnet capacity, warning that much larger targets are within the network's potential range.

Whilst Anonymous may often claim to be operating in the interests of hacktivism when coordinating attacks, there appears to be little motivation behind Lulzsec's activities other than bravado and 'entertainment' value. Whether or not more companies remain on the group's list of targets remains to be seen.

6 Comments

Terence Gage Freelance writer

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Ugh, what a bunch of f**king idiots. I hope the FBI or someone catches up with them, as unlikely as it is.

Aren't DDoS attacks just where they overload the server through too much traffic? Would that even be illegal?

Posted:3 years ago

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Robert Smith Studying BTEC- Games tech, University of the West of England

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So long as they are not stealing data maybe it will encourage better security on online systems its still illegal in alot of countrys. For these MMOs the developers want to be spending all there time developing new content for the game, not having to watch and buff security all the time. It appears the online world is changing something that will have to be concidered top priority when developing online services.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Robert Smith on 15th June 2011 1:06pm

Posted:3 years ago

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Shane Sweeney Academic

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The recent Citibank hack was only picked up due to security specialists auditing there systems (brought in after the Sony hack) and found that someone had merely changed the ?account=1043505 on there banking site to access the complete transaction and personal details of other Citibank members. This stuff is pretty inexcusable.

Say what you might about all this hacking activity but even the small company I work for is terrified and is getting security penetration testers to analyze our web software. These attacks are changing the industry. Legislation is being proposed in the US that companies legally MUST tell the government when there is an intrusion so companies don't secretly keep them under wraps like they normally have.

In the end, these attacks aren't being done using intelligent tactics. Simple SQL injections that can *ALL* be easily defended against. Sure LulzSec aren't doing it for any ideologically defensible reason (they took down PBS because they didn't like what they said about Wikileaks. I bet they took down Escapist because they didn't like what Extra Credits said about Anonymous), but in the end the Internet is going to be far more secure place at the end of this, and there is no excuse not to defend against SQL injection attacks. Its just incompetence and laziness.

Companies cant expect us to give over information over and not be held accountable for not doing the bare minimum at defending the information they take. If LulzSec were using Social engineering or even technically obscure ways to get into systems, people would have a point, but there is no excuse for a company small or large to be open to the methods that LulzSec has exploited them with.

For Shame.

Posted:3 years ago

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Daniel Vardy Studying HND IT, De Montfort University

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for me the lulzsec stuff is good and bad. bad because it is a disruption to services and the possibility of personal information to be leaked.

however, on the good side i am currently expecting most companies to be looking at these events to review their security. better security is a bonus for all.

Posted:3 years ago

#4

Bonnie Patterson Freelance Narrative Designer

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What a bunch of t****. "Hey, let's target anything ambitious and original, or that dares to defy our egomania!"

It's just bitter, childish vandalism and a clear sign of what happens when you allow the purveyors of internet hate culture to become perceived as "the norm."

Posted:3 years ago

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Sean Warren Inspector

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Hmm, neither CCP nor Mojang has notified me of their security breach...
/facepalm
Well, I guess I'm glad I am more on top of my security than they are.

Posted:3 years ago

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