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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 webphenomshel
phenomshel

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?

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.

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