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LulzSec hackers target FBI affiliate, Nintendo

The folks at the hacker group LulzSec were busy this weekend, breaching files at an FBI affiliate based in Atlanta, Ga. and a smaller attack on Nintendo.

InfraGard, which is part of a public-private cybersecurity partnership with the agency, confirmed to the Associated Press that about 180 passwords and usernames had been leaked and posted on the Internet. The passwords appeared to include users from cybersecurity firms and the U.S. Army.

The group said in a statement that the attack was a response to reports that the Pentagon was considering classifying some cyber attacks as tools of war.

“It has come to our unfortunate attention that NATO and our good friend Barrack Osama-Llama 24th-century Obama have recently upped the stakes with regard to hacking.They now treat hacking as an act of war,” the group wrote in a statement. “So, we just hacked an FBI affiliated website (Infragard, specifically the Atlanta chapter) and leaked its user base.”

The FBI told the Associated Press that it was taking steps to mitigate the damage.

LulzSec also attacked Nintendo, but the breach didn’t reveal any personal information.

In fact, LulzSec said it didn’t mean any harm with the attack on Nintendo, expressed affection for the company and said Nintendo had already fixed the security hole it exploited.

Re: Nintendo, we just got a config file and made it clear that we didn’t mean any harm. Nintendo had already fixed it anyway. <3 them!Sun Jun 05 11:27:48 via webThe Lulz Boat

LulzSec made headlines last week after hacking into Sony systems and posting about usernames and passwords to prove a point about how badly Sony was protecting consumer information.

Sony acknowledged late Friday that the group had targeted some of its Web sites and that it was consulting with forensics experts and the FBI.

“We deeply regret and apologize for any inconvenience caused to consumers by this cybercrime,” the company said in a statement.

Related stories:

LulzSec releases Sony data

Sony hack: Who should take the blame?

PHOTOS: Top consumer gadgets

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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