Who's Hacking Who Today: NATO and News Corp. Targeted

Thursday is a busy day in the wild world of vigilante cyberactivism

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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.

Anonymous and LulzSec issue statement to the FBI. After federal agents arrested 14 Anonymous-affiliated hackers around the country on Tuesday, the remaining leaders issued a rebuttal of sorts to Steve Chabinsky, deputy assistant director of the FBI. Responding to a statement made by Chabinsky that "it's entirely unacceptable to break into websites and commit unlawful acts," the groups list a few things they find unacceptable. Declaring governments and corporations their enemy, they sound defiant:

We are not scared any more. Your threats to arrest us are meaningless to us as you cannot arrest an idea. Any attempt to do so will make your citizens more angry until they will roar in one gigantic choir. It is our mission to help these people and there is nothing - absolutely nothing - you can possibly to do make us stop.

A new group TURKIYE defaces shell site AnonPlus. Earlier this week, some members of Anonymous claimed they were kicked off Google+ and so they set up their own social networking site. Or rather, they set up a front page and message board called AnonPlus. Late Wednesday, the site appeared to have been hacked and defaced by a rival group that identified themselves with the line, "We are TURKIYE. We are AKINCILAR." Akincilar is a small town in Turkey, so we might assume it's a Turkish group. Though the site's creator claims to have fixed the problem, AnonPlus.com currently redirects to a message board called AnonSource Technologies.

*NATO Documents

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