Nintendo Latest Victim of LulzSec Hacker Group

By Erin Harrison June 07, 2011

Nintendo is the latest victim of hackers who have been on a roll since stealing a “massive trove” of personal information from Sony Pictures’ website, and then hitting a Federal Bureau of Investigations affiliate website, several media outlets have reported.

The hacking group known as LulzSec – a.k.a. the Lulz Boat – which took claim for exploiting the website of the Atlanta chapter of InfraGard, a private, non-profit organization that exists to serve as a public/private partnership with the FBI, also published what they said was an “internal configuration file for one of Nintendo’s US servers.”

Senior technology consultant Graham Cluely of security firm Sophos warned that the group of hackers is “playing a dangerous game.”

“As it continues to gain public attention through high profile hacks it is surely at risk of being investigated by the computer crime authorities,” Clueley blogged on June 6.

According an Associated Press report, the LulzSec group used “a basic technique which they claim shows how poorly the company guards its users’ secrets,” to steal personal information from Sony.

Security experts told the AP that the company’s security was “bypassed by a well-known attack method by which rogue commands are used to extract sensitive data from poorly-constructed websites.”

LulzSec is the same group responsible for hacking the Public Broadcasting Service website, posting fake news that said the deceased Tupac Shakur was living in New Zealand, as reported by TechZone on May 31.

“The hacker group Lulz Boat, are those ones responsible for this false information and stated they hacked into this particular website in retaliation of a documentary on PBS about Julian Assange and the whistleblowers’ site WikiLeaks,” TechZone said.

PBS was targeted by hackers in retaliation for an in-depth look at whistle blower website WikiLeaks in a “Frontline: Wiki Secrets” film broadcast last week, according to spokeswoman Anne Bentley, the AFP reported.

Meanwhile, Sophos’ Cluely said that the sites should have been able to withstand such attacks.

“Any website worth its salt these days should be built to withstand such attacks,” Cluley blogged. “Coming on the heels of a massive security breach that compromised more than 100 million user accounts associated with Sony’s PlayStation and online entertainment networks,” Cluley said, “the latest attack suggested that hackers were lining up to give the company a kicking.”

LulzSec issued a statement taking credit for defacing the FBI affiliate websites, in a post: “So, we just hacked an FBI affiliated website (Infragard, specifically the Atlanta chapter) and leaked its user base. We also took complete control over the site and defaced it.”As of June 7, the site is a placeholder page for the “future home for the Atlanta InfraGard Member’s Alliance. We seek to bring you the very best in news, information and education regarding Critical Infrastructure and National Security, and our new home will reflect those ideals. For now, this site is under construction,” the page read.

“While not very many logins (around 180), we’d like to take the time to point out that all of them are affiliated with the FBI in some way. Most of them reuse their passwords in other places, which is heavily frowned upon in the FBI/Infragard handbook and generally everywhere else too,” the LulzSec post continued.

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Erin Harrison is Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives, for TMC, where she oversees the company's strategic editorial initiatives, including the launch of several new print and online initiatives. She plays an active role in the print publications and TechZone360, covering IP communications, information technology and other related topics. To read more of Erin's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives

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