It's starting to get really hard to keep up with all of the hacking news nuggets. Even more challenging, sometimes, is parsing out the real news from the from the publicity stunts groups like LulzSec and Anonymous are now famous for. However, it turns out that Thursday is a particularly active day for the hackers.
LulzSec leaks News Corp. emails to media outlets. Taking a step closer to becoming WikiLeaks, the recently revitalized prankster-turned-hactivist group LulzSec claims to be working with journalists. "We're currently working with certain media outlets who have been granted exclusive access to some of the News of the World emails we have," the group tweeted Thursday morning. LulzSec and Anonymous both have been bragging this week about having hacked into and stolen from News Corp. sites like The Sun. The group's elusive leader Sabu had tweeted earlier, "We're releasing something we found in The Sun's mail server, shortly. Ouch. Ready for the media storm?"
Anonymous steals a gigabyte of data from NATO. Around the same time as Sabu's tweet, Anonymous's main account announced, "We think, actually we may not release emails from The Sun, simply because it may compromise the court case. But..." And they include a link to a set of documents stamped with "NATO RESTRICTED" (embedded below*). The documents contain budget information for a new Joint Communications Control Center (JCCC) within the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), a NATO-led mission in Afganistan. Various other Anonymous-affiliated accounts claimed to have lifted a gigabyte worth of data from NATO servers, so presumably more document releases are on the way.