(CBS News) GoDaddy released a statement on its massive outage Monday, which took down millions of website and disrupted email service. The domain registrar and Web hosting service apologized for the outage, but says it was not hacked.
Twitter accounts thought to be associated with the hacking group Anonymous claimed responsibility for the attack. Anonymous claimed it took GoDaddy-hosted sites down by using a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack and bots.Continue »
(AP) NEW YORK - Thousands and possibly millions of websites hosted by GoDaddy.com went down for several hours on Monday, causing trouble for the mainly small businesses that rely on the service.
A Twitter feed that claimed to be affiliated with the "Anonymous" hacker group said it was behind the outage, but that couldn't be confirmed. Another Twitter account, known to be associated with Anonymous, suggested the first one was just taking advantage of an outage it had nothing to do with.
GoDaddy spokeswoman Elizabeth Driscoll said the outage began at around 1:25 p.m. EDT. By around 5:43 p.m. EDT, the GoDaddy.com website was back up and service was restored for the bulk of its customers. Driscoll said there was no loss of sensitive customer information such as credit card data or passwords and that the company was investigating the cause.Continue »
NBC News reports that it was actually an Orlando, Fla. publishing company that was hacked, knocking down claims that a group calling themselves Antisec obtained data from an FBI laptop. Blue Toad chief executive officer Paul DeHart told NBC News he is certain that the files released by Antisec were actually from his company.Continue »
(AP) WASHINGTON - The FBI on Tuesday disputed a computer hacker group's claim that it stole personal identification data on millions of Apple device owners from an FBI agent's laptop.
FBI officials said the bureau never asked for and never possessed the database that the group, which calls itself AntiSec, is posting on a website.
The group has released a link to a database of more than 1 million unique identification numbers for Apple devices, which could include iPhones and iPads. AntiSec said the data is just a piece of the more than 12 million unique identification numbers and personal information on the device owners that it got from a laptop used by an FBI agent.
The FBI denied that it ever had that information. But officials there said they could not verify the validity of the data that AntiSec released. Federal officials also warned that computer users should be careful when clicking on such links because they sometimes may contain malware that can infect computers.
Hackers associated with the group Anonymous claimed to have obtained 12 million Apple unique device identifiers (UDID) from an FBI computer. A faction of the group that call themselves AntiSec posted instruction on how to access 1 million Apple UDIDs on the public bulletin board Pastebin. The group reported the hack via Twitter, using an Anonymous account.
An Apple UDID is a string of numbers and letters that identifies individual iPhones and iPads. The numbers are used to determine which devices are approved for content, including apps in beta tests.Continue »
(AP) Two British hackers linked to the notorious Lulz Security group pleaded guilty to a slew of computer crimes Monday, the latest blow against online miscreants whose exploits have grabbed headlines and embarrassed governments around the world.
Ryan Cleary, 20, and Jake Davis, 19, pleaded guilty to conspiring with other members of LulzSec to attack government, media, and law enforcement websites last year, according to Gryff Waldron, an official at London's Southwark Crown Court.Continue »
(CBS News) A new hacking group called The Consortium has hit the scene and their first take down is the porn site Digital Playground.
Patrons of the website should be mindful of the potential for identity theft. According to ZDNET, the hackers stole data from 40,000 accounts, such as credit card numbers, names, card code verification (CCV) and expiration dates. The Consortium also seized the email addresses, usernames and passwords of 72,000 users.Continue »
The documents reveal names of five alleged conspirators charged with crimes including computer hacking, conspiracy to engage in computer hacking and conspiracy to commit access device fraud.Continue »
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(CBS/AP) Infamous hacking group LulzSec has been allegedly turned in by its own leader.
According to Fox News, Hector Xavier Monsegur has been working for the government for months. Monsegur, who goes by the handle "Sabu" has been identified as an unemployed, 28-year-old father of two.Continue »
(CBS) - Hackers related to the group Anonymous made good on a threat that they would release the source code for the Symantec software pcAnywhere.
The files were uploaded to The Pirate Bay Tuesday, leaving anyone without an updated patch of the software vulnerable to hackers taking control of their computers. PcAnywhere is software that enables users to control their computer remotely.
Anonymous has released hundreds of emails after hacking into a mail server used by Syrian President Bashar al Assad's office - including one revealing how he was prepped in advance of a much-publicized December interview with ABC's Barbara Walters.
The interview took place amid Syria's increasingly harsh crackdown against civilian protesters. During the interview, Assad repeatedly denied reports of civilian massacres, telling Walters "no government in the world kills its people, unless it's led by a crazy person."
But Anonymous, again showing its skill at hacking into supposedly secure government websites, broke into the Syrian Ministry of Presidential Affairs and got its hands on a trove of emails. Among other things, the documents reveal the back-and-forth between Assad's advisers discussing how their boss should handle the expected questions from Walters. (In many cases, the password that some employees used was "12345," according to Haaretz.)
"It is hugely important and worth mentioning that 'mistakes' have been done in the beginning of the crises because we did not have a well-organized 'police force.' American psyche can be easily manipulated when they hear that there are 'mistakes' done and now we are 'fixing it'," Sheherazad Jaafari - a press attache at the Syrian mission to the United Nations wrote. "It's worth mentioning also what is happening now in Wall Street and the way the demonstrations are been suppressed by policemen, police dogs and beatings."
She suggested that Assad tell Walters "Syria doesn't have a policy to torture people, unlike the USA, where there are courses and schools that specialize in teaching policemen and officers how to torture."
Haaretz has the full story here.
Symantec has confirmed that the code is legitimate and was stolen during a 2006 breach of its network.Continue »
(CBS) - The hacking group Anonymous announced Monday its plans to take down Facebook - again. Another YouTube video was released today with the same distorted voice announcing plans to launch an attack on the social network on Jan. 28.
"An online war has begun between Anonymous, the people and the government of the United States," said the YouTube video's narrator.
But, every buzz has its hangover and this one was served up by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, when they took down online file storage site Megaupload Thursday. While the move was shocking on the heels of an Internet love-fest, it wasn't surprising. And, the events that followed exacerbated the issue.Continue »
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