It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. I’ve been pretty busy, and there hasn’t been a whole lot of interesting security news recently.
The FBI has arrested five alleged hackers associated with the Anonymous and LulzSec groups, utilizing a sixth member who was caught last year.
That’s the thing with a “hacktivist” collective…They will flip on each other, since they don’t view themselves as criminals and will do anything to reduce or eliminate any time spent in prison.*
A hacker who works for an Eastern European crime ring? They won’t tell you anything.
Until now, most reports of Anonymous hackers being arrested seemed to involve low-level figures who mainly ran DDoS tools. This new arrest appears to round up some people who actually know quite a bit about breaking into systems. (One of the alleged hackers, Jeremy Hammond, founded HackThisSite.org)
I’d say this was a pretty significant arrest, and we may see a lot less news about hacks in the near term. The lack of news will not be due to lack of attacks, however. It’s merely that Anonymous and Lulzsec were actively announcing their targets and successes. There’s not really anyone else out there doing that, so we’ll only hear about hacks if the victims speak out…which doesn’t happen all that often. I mean, the victims frequently don’t even know they were attacked until months after the fact. If they ever find out at all.
Also, if you didn’t notice, I decided that since I’ve been able to keep at this blogging thing I should actually buy my domain name. So now instead of https://arborealsec.wordpress.com, this blog will be at http://arborealsec.com.
*Addendum: After writing this, I found some sources which believe the informant cooperated in order to avoid time away from his children.