Alleged LulzSec Member Topiary On Bail

LulzSec member arrested
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Jake Davis, also known as his hacking pseudonym of Topiary, has made an appearance in UK courts and was granted bail with a ban from using the internet and a curfew from 7am to 10pm. Another LulzSec member, Sabu, started a hashtag for Topiary with the fitting #FreeTopiary which became a trending topic.

The alleged PR front on Twitter for the group wrote fake stories and press releases which they say provided “lulz.” One story appeared on the PBS website, which was started after airing a negative WikiLeaks television show, with details of the continued life of Tupac and Biggie and the second appeared on the Sun website with an article that Rupert Murdoch was dead.

A statement released by LulzSec said “Jake Davis brought lulz to the oppressed.” and confirmed that he was from the Shetland Islands saying “from the remote and desolate Shetland islands, Jake’s voice reached millions. Perhaps the success of his message was in its simplicity.” The full message was posted on Pastebin, a popular website for sharing text.

Jake Davis, 18, was arrested late last week as part of an investigation into hacking by The Metropolitan Police Service’s Police Central e-Crime Unit. A full list of e-crime offenses which Jake Davis was charged with has been made available by the MET.

UK Metropolitan Police May of Arrested Wrong LulzSec Suspect

LulzSec Poster

LulzSec Exposed believe that the Metropolitan Police Service (MET) have arrested the wrong person after been tricked into believing that Topiary was Daniel Chatfield after misleading emails. The MET yesterday released a press statement that Topiary, the PR spokesperson for LulzSec, was arrested and was being interrogated.

LulzSec Exposed have previously said that the real Topiary lives in Sweden according the their ‘dox’ on the LulzSec member. The bloggers behind LulzSec Exposed said that they “gave them a taste of their own medicine to expose them and show them they aren’t Internet GODS.  “

UK Police Arrest LulzSec PR Member “Topiary”

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The Metropolitan Police Service’s Police Central e-Crime Unit have arrested “Topiary” who they believe is a LulzSec spokesperson. The 19-year-old was believed to have been arrested in the remote Shetland Islands in Scotland. The police are searching the address.

In a public statement, The Metropolitan Police say that Topiary is “believed to be linked to an ongoing international investigation in to the criminal activity of the so-called ‘hacktivist’ groups Anonymous and LulzSec”

Another address is Lincolnshire is also been investigated in relation to the investigation but has not been arrested. The e-crime unit say an “ongoing investigation into network intrusions and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks” is currently underway.

Topiary deleted all the tweets from his account at an earlier date (but one) and said in his bio that he “worked with Anonymous, LulzSec, and other such paragons of intense cyber victory.” LulzSec has continued hacking after telling uses that they would quit after 50 days, LulzSec has not commented on this event via Twitter.

The arrest of Topiary follows the arrest of a 16-year-old who they believe is a prominent member as well as 19-year-old Ryan Cleary who ran the IRC chat channel for LulzSec.

LulzSec Hacks Murdoch’s Sun

http://twitter.com/#!/LulzSec/status/93071284837154816

LulzSec has rejoined the hacking scene to hack The Sun, a News Corporation tabloid , with a fake article on the death of Rupert Murdoch.The seemingly sleeping LulzSec quit earlier this year after hacking into Sony, Fox (also News Corporation) and the US government websites including Senate.gov and affiliates of the FBI.

LulzSec defaced the Sun website sending visitors to a webpage which contained a false story that Murdoch was found overdosed in a garden. Part of the story saying:

Murdoch, aged 80, has said to have ingested a large quantity of palladium before stumbling into his famous topiary garden late last night, passing out in the early hours of the morning.

The homepage of the News Corporation website has also faced a DDoS which prevents visitors as well as allegedly gaining access to DNS servers with ‘all 1,024 web addresses’ down. As well as this LulzSec say they had gained access to the email logs from the Sun and were prepared to release them.

The targeting of the Sun is most likely related to the infamous News of the World phone hacking scandal which sent Rupert Murdoch’s multimedia empire, News Corporation,  including Fox and the  Wall Street Journal into deeply scandalous affair.

Meanwhile, a member of LulzSec under the pseudonym of AnonymousSabu posted a screenshot of a defaced website they sent users to and in a separate tweet said:

LulzSec Leaves Behind a Hacking Legacy

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Linear Fix was one of the few websites to cover LulzSec’s first hacking attempt. On May 10, the group released details about X-Factor contestants then gained access to LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. They started by distancing themselves from other hacking groups saying ‘we aren’t 4chan or Anonymous, but sometimes we might assist them in our own special way,’  In typical LulzSec fashion they wrote on the Fox 15 Twitter that ‘Fox News 15 has decided to rape its own face. A sad day for our 25 viewers.’ The group only had around 255 followers on May 10 and by May 13 that number grew to 799, today more than 272,000 users follow LulzSec.

The infamous group said that they were hacking purely for the fun, though many hacks had other motives. The group inspired many other hacking groups to set up country-specific hacking groups using the LulzSec brand. A prominent example being LulzRaft, a Canadian-based hacking group. LulzSec has reached a point, today, that the group is no longer centrally controlled as the main members depart from LulzSec. It is likely that the legacy left in the forms of splinter groups will continue as LulzSec said today in Pastebin ‘please don’t stop. Together, united, we can stomp down our common oppressors and imbue ourselves with the power and freedom we deserve.’

LulzSec has also chosen some puzzling targets, such as choosing to target gaming websites and developers. The move left fans of the games (Minecraft, League of Legends and EVE Online) confused about the motives of the group. LulzSec has certainly left the security industry thinking of ways to secure their data to protect against SQL injection and storing user passwords in safer conditions, not in plain-text!

The group has not lived without internal controversy. LulzSec Exposed say they released the identities of LulzSec member to ‘humiliate them in the same way they did with hack victims.’ It could be that LulzSec members are trying to escape conviction after the information became available. LulzSec Exposed believes that the same members from Anonymous created LulzSec as a splinter group. The benefits of creating a splinter group is the ability to release thousands of user passwords for little reason whilst Anonymous mostly deals with political hacking called hacktivism.

LulzSec was a very different hacking group, they captured the attention of many news organizations. The group continuously dominated the headlines and each tweet was continuously good-humored, often mocking their enemies. Their 1000th tweet press release shed some light on their continuously release of usernames and passwords from several websites:

Watching someone’s Facebook picture turn into a penis and seeing their sister’s shocked response is priceless. Receiving angry emails from the man you just sent 10 dildos to because he can’t secure his Amazon password is priceless. You find it funny to watch havoc unfold, and we find it funny to cause it.

LulzSec Ends After 50 Days of Hacking

http://twitter.com/#!/LulzSec/status/84758628325801984

LulzSec has today decided to end their hacking group today in a Pastebin press statement after 50 days of hacking.

After targeting government websites, Fox, gaming servers and many other websites, LulzSec said that behind their happy persona they were also ‘people with a preference for music, a preference for food; we have varying taste in clothes and television, we are just like you,’

LulzSec praised a recent project called AntiSec saying they ‘truly believe in the AntiSec movement,’ The AntiSec project was between a distributed hacking group called Anonymous and LulzSec. The two groups created splinter groups carrying the LulzSec name but not necessarily containing LulzSec members with groups such as LulzSec Brazil and Italy appearing.

LulzSec voiced their wish for LulzSec splinter groups to continue saying ‘we hope, wish, even beg, that the movement manifests itself into a revolution that can continue on without us.’

The group has also come under pressure from other groups such as LulzSec Exposed, who allegedly documented the members as well as the arrest of a member in the UK called Ryan Clearly.

LulzSec Brazil Takes Down Brazilian Government Websites

A new branch of LulzSec in Brazil has aimed a denial-of-service attack at the Brazilian Government portal and the homepage of the President of Brazil. The sub-group tweeted that they had taken down the website with the same tagline of ‘tango down’ whilst LulzSec tweeted ‘our Brazilian unit is making progress. Well done @LulzSecBrazil, brothers!’

The group was started on 19 June, they told their followers in Portuguese that if they got 1,000 followers they would ‘invade’ the website of the Brazil’s government portal.

The Brazil branch is likely part of the Anonymous and LulzSec operation called ‘AntiSec’ which was recently publicized by both groups. An AntiSec video from Anonymous  said:

We encourage defacement’s of the enemies websites, and use of the word antisec on any and every website or pro censorship group. Any exposed intelligence the enemy decides to withhold from us, should be brought to light. It’s time to show the corrupt governments of the world that they have no right to censor what they do not own.

The video was posted on YouTube in a format commonly used by Anonymous. AntiSec documents are yet to be released with LulzSec tweeting ‘our next step is to categorize and format leaked items we acquire and release them in #AntiSec “payloads” on our website and The Pirate Bay.’

Teenager Affiliated with LulzSec Arrested

LulzSec member arrested
Based on photograph by Kashklick (Flickr)

Ryan Clearly, a 19-year-old student from Essex, has been arrested after a joint probe from the Scotland Yard and FBI into LulzSec, a hacking group which attacked websites such as Sony, US government websites, PBS and several gaming websites and servers.

Ryan Clearly has been identified by detectives as a ‘major player,’ though LulzSec strongly deny this tweeting that the UK police were ‘desperate to catch’ members and that they had ‘arrested someone who is, at best, mildly associated’ with LulzSec. It is believed that Rylan Clearly was involved in running IRC chat servers for LulzSec.

The personal details of Clearly were released by Anonymous, a decentralized mass-hacker collective, published details about Ryan Clearly on their blog on 12 May 2011 in a post called ‘ Ryan Cleary Exposed!’

LulzSec has also released details of two former members who they said ‘tried to snitch on us.’ The group published  the IRC chat usernames and current names and addresses, LulzSec said that one was involved in ‘involved in the hacking of the game Dues Ex and was/is involved in countless other cybercrimes.’

Pastebin Down Due to ‘Heavy Load’

Pastebin Cats
Don't panic, cats are on tech support for Pastebin. Photo via Pastebin.

Seven days after Pastebin tweeted that ‘CNN, FoxNews, Yahoo! News, Mashable, TechCrunch, NYTimes, Bloomberg, Engadget and many more’ helped in creating their busiest day ever for the code and text sharing website, Pastebin has suffered an outage saying ‘under heavy load right now, sorry…But we are working on it!’

The outage could have been caused by a post in Pastebin with details of a security bug in Dropbox which allowed anyone to log-in to an account just by using an email-address. Furthermore, LulzSec often publishes details of hacks and press releases on the website.

Edit: It’s back up 7.00 GMT

LulzSec Exposed: ‘Web Ninjas’ Allegedly Document Members

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LulzSec Exposed, has published what they believe is a complete list of LulzSec members. Information such as chat logs, Bit Coin donors and the personal details of LulzSec members. The website believes that LulzSec were formally part of Anonymous, it has previously been confirmed on Twitter that the group was part of 4Chan in 2005.

LulzSec Exposed have distanced themselves from The Jester, another hacker, saying:

Many of the tweets and LulzSec think that we are “Jester”
We are not Jester, We are “Web Ninjas
We do like Jester and appreciate his Anti-Jihadi activism. Stay Frosty Dude 🙂

Here’s the Confusing Part

Somebody started a fake Jester account called @real_j35t3r (we’ll call him fake Jester), posing to be the real Jester. In response, the Jester set up a fake account pretending to be a reporter under the pseudonym of Aneka Melia. The Jester uses this account to get an interview with the fake Jester, who asks for a sum of  $23,5000. After the interview, the Jester was able to completely document the identity of the fake Jester but does not release it to protect the identity of the person.

Later, it is revealed that the fake Jester’s Anon IRC (Internet Relay Chat) ID is Nakomis and his name is Casey Gardiner, after the fake Jester talks to himself on Twitter.  The Jester posts the entire story to his blog.

It has now come to light, that Nakomis (allegedly Gardiner) was a member of LulzSec and according to the Jester supplied ‘SQL vulnerabilities for their attacks as well as coding software.’