wpostServer: http://css.washingtonpost.com/wpost2

Most Read: Business

DJIA
-0.16%
S&P 500
0.18%
NASDAQ
0.40%
 Last Update: 03:50 AM 07/24/2014

World Markets from      

 

Other Market Data from      

 

Key Rates from      

 
Faster Forward
Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 06/16/2011

Hacker LulzSec releases ‘grab bag’ of e-mail addresses, passwords

Hacker group LulzSec released more than 62,000 e-mail addresses and passwords and encouraged its Twitter followers to try out the sign-in information at sites around the Internet.

“These are random assortments from a collection, so don’t ask which site they’re from or how old they are, because we have no idea,” the group wrote.

Reports of successful hacks using the information were quickly reported back to the group via Twitter.

.@LulzSec Leaked my GMail account name & password. From there my Facebook, Hotmail & Twitter were compromised. -Not @phenomshel #lulzboatThu Jun 16 12:17:50 via web

LulzSec’s quick attacks that they say are just for laughs (well, you know, Lulz) have rubbed several people the wrong way.

In reaction to the group’s attacks on institutions such as the CIA and PBS, security company Sophos challenged the hackers to use their skills for a good cause. Paul Ducklin, the company’s Asia-Pacific head of technology, pointed to white hat hacker Johnny Long’s Hackers for Charity organization, which uses volunteers’ computer skills to help children in East Africa.

But in a poll conducted by Sophos, 40 percent of respondents said that they think LulzSec’s activities are funny and are making a “serious point about security.”

What do you think? Is LulzSec a force for good or not?

Related stories:

CIA Web site hacked; group LulzSec takes credit

LulzSec takes down Eve Online, Minecraft as part of Tuesday attacks

PHOTOS: When hackers attack

By  |  01:57 PM ET, 06/16/2011

Tags:  Security

 
Read what others are saying
     

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company