Monday, June 06, 2011

For Some Hackers, Goal Is Pranks - WSJ.com

Excerpt from a profile of the group behind recent Sony and other security attacks

In most cases involving data theft, perpetrators have not claimed responsibility. LulzSec, by comparison, boldly announces its antics and publishes private data to bolster its claims—echoing the actions of an earlier generation of hackers that sought to brag about their skill or taunt victims and rivals.

Security experts say such tactics are at least as troublesome, if not more so. "The underlying motives may be different, but the damage they can do is exponentially greater," said Craig Spiezle, executive director of the Online Trust Alliance and a member of InfraGard. "Effectively, they are creating disruption and doing economic harm."

For Some Hackers, Goal Is Pranks - WSJ.com

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