March 08, 2012

Lulzsec Arrests: Essential Reading

Tons of news with the Lulzsec arrests.  Which articles should be read?  We've assembled a reader's guide of our favorites.  The criteria?  They are educational, illuminating or just plain funny.

Here's the top reads:

#1:  Alleged Stratfor hacker no stranger to law enforcement

Source:  Network World  

Why is it worth a read?  This story is about arrested Lulzsec hacker Jeremy Hammond.  

The best line?

Hammond also is a freegan, an individual who reclaims and eats food that has been discarded by others, as part of an anti-consumerist movement. "Dumpster diving is all good I'm a freegan goddess," he says in one online chat conversation with another alleged hacker. Federal agents conducting surveillance on Hammond reported seeing him going into dumpsters for food.

I had no idea freegans even existed.  Here's a great overview from Bloomberg.


#2:  The one tiny slip that put LulzSec chief Sabu in the FBI's pocket

Source: The Register

Why is it worth a read?  Great overview of how Sabu was found by the FBI.

The best line?

They caught him because just once, he logged onto IRC without going through Tor, revealing to the FBI his IP address," Graham claims. "This reveals a little bit about the FBI, namely that they've infiltrated enough of the popular IRC relays to be able to get people's IP addresses. We've always suspected they could, now we know.


#3:  Stop calling Anonymous activists!

Source: Kings of War (a blog)

Why is it worth a read?  Great perspective on what truly drives hacktivism.

The best line?

The anonymity of the groups not only hampers on their political accountability but also blurs any of their messages, as one cannot judge their motives. In other words, they lack transparency as much as their targets allegedly do.

So, in the end, one should be careful about not giving too much credit for such actions. Anonymous seeks to achieve more personal fame and maybe the media shouldn’t give in to that. Recently, released an interview of a hacker that allegedly defaced '80 Brazilian Government sites’. Hacktivism, again? The hacker was 13 (this should already cast a doubt about his political judgement). When asked about his motives for hacking, he answered: ‘I hack to take part in the latest operations and to get better at hacking’. How can we know that Anonymous has not got exactly the same strong sense of political action to help the larger community? (sic)

 #4  Hackers Arrested as One Turns Witness

Source: Wall Street Journal

Why is it worth a read?  Best overview of the entire Lulzsec crowd and history of the hacking spree.

The best line?

Louis Monsegur, a family member of the man accused of being Sabu, said Tuesday his relative was "into computers" from a young age, but that he was surprised by the breadth of the allegations against him. "I never knew the kid was into stuff like that," he said of Hector. "He's a smart kid."


#5 Disillusioned ex-Anonymous first outed Sabu last year

Source:  CNET

Why is it worth a read? Another good read on the role of understanding IP addresses when it comes to identifying hackers.

The best line?

It was February 2011 when she and her partners at Backtrace Security compiled a list of identities they believed were tied to the hacker handles associated with the HBGary Federal hack and others. Her break with discovering Sabu's identity came to her from a friend in the group in the form of log files from an Internet Relay Chat room in which Sabu and other LulzSec members discussed the HBGary Federal compromise, she said. One of the log files contained a domain that led to a subdomain that had a mirror to a page where Monsegur posted photos and video of his beloved Toyota AE86 on a car enthusiast social-networking site. That led to a YouTube video that had information that allowed Emick to eventually find Monsegur's Facebook page using a Google search.

#6:  What Do the LulzSec Arrests Mean for Anonymous?

Source:  New York Times

Why is it worth a read? Good perspective on the impact the arrests will have on Anonymous.

The best line?

It will be difficult for Anons to work collaboratively now that their ranks are undoubtedly infiltrated by feds, security contractors and rival hackers.

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