Lulzsec hacker group have been on a hacking rampage since a while now. They have been taking down sites of the CIA, Sony, FBI and a bulk of other large and small companies. Motive behind the hacks has rather been dicey, is it for fun or something else. The document is available on Pastebin and their activities are visible via their Twitter account.
Very recently they hacked released 62,000 username and passwords of a popular porn site. However, the ugly part of the story is that users tend to have similar passwords for all their accounts: mail, facebook and even paypal. Hackers and script buggies have been scanning the password list and discovered that this is actually the case for most users whose username/passwords have been shared in the leak.
If you analyze the password list, its not hard to figure out that a lot of users registered on the porn site are actually people from government organizations. Other than that Google, Yahoo, facebook have already out the accounts corresponding to those ids on hold till user verifies the ownership to prevent all kinds of misuses. However, hotmail and other unpopular email providers are still vulnerable.
What You can do: Staying secure online
Go through the password list and if you are on it, you are probably already in trouble. Going further, make it a habit to have different user/password combos for different sites. Doing so can be hard but if you follow a pattern for passwords, remembering them could be piece of a cake. e.g. you can change the first or last digit of the password based on the domain name. A password that was “pA$$w0rdG” on gmail would become “pA$$w0rdf” on facebook. Do something similar, but purely your own idea.
What is the Future of LulzSec
Lulzsec would continue to hack down the internet with almost no clear intent. The press release states that for the past month or so they have been causing chaos throughout the internet by attacking several targets and they’re going to bring down more internet laws by continuing their public shenanigans, and that their actions are causing clowns with pens to write new rules for users.
They say that releasing data is just as ‘evil’; however they mock by saying, “This is the Lulz lizard era, where we do things just because we find it entertaining.”
They conclude by saying, “We’ve been entertaining you 1000 times with 140 characters or less, and we’ll continue creating things that are exciting and new until we’re brought to justice, which we might well be.“