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LulzSec no more? FBI allegedly works with Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka Sabu, to bring down hacking group

LulzSec appears to have been taken down from within. According to Fox News and several other sources, a key member of the group – allegedly 28-year-old Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka Sabu – was ‘turned’ by the FBI during 2011. Six alleged members of LulzSec have been arrested, and the group looks to have been pretty … Continue reading

Wikileaks / Anonymous release 5.5m alleged Stratfor emails, CEO George Friedman insists he has not resigned

Wikileaks has begun to release a cache of 5.5m emails that it claims are allegedly from servers of US security company Stratfor. It’s believed that the cache comes from Anonymous, but that Anonymous chose not to release the emails themselves because (presumably) they preferred not to risk exposing themselves by setting up a large permanent … Continue reading

Facebook spam claims to offer Whitney Houston autopsy photos, video

Just days after the death of Whitney Houston, Facebook has begun to see spam offering users the chance to view photos and videos from the star’s autopsy. Needless to say, this is a scam designed to get people to take part in surveys, and there are no such images circulating. Pretty much every high-profile news … Continue reading

Largest BitTorrent search engine BTJunkie shuts down following Pirate Bay and Megaupload cases

BTJunkie, the internet’s largest BitTorrent search engine, has voluntarily shut down just days after both The Pirate Bay and Megaupload ran into trouble. The move comes as mainstream content providers continue to try to shut down all platforms that they allege are used to illicitly trade copyrighted material. Using a service like BTJunkie is not, … Continue reading

Anonymous hacks into, leaks Scotland Yard / FBI phone call

Members of Anonymous have hacked into, recorded and leaked a phone call between British and US officials discussing cyber-security issues. The recording, which was released on Friday with a few sensitive names bleeped out by the hackers, has the potential to be at best highly embarrassing for British and US forces, and at worst a … Continue reading

Campaign aims to encourage people to boycott The Dark Knight Rises in SOPA protest

As opposition to Hollywood studios relentless support of SOPA and PIPA continues, a new campaign is urging people to boycott The Dark Knight Rises (this year’s big new Batman film) in protest. The campaign is based around this Reddit page and aims to hit Hollywood where it hurts by knocking some dollars off the film’s … Continue reading

After SOPA and PIPA, here comes ACTA

The (temporary) demise of SOPA and PIPA means attention is now turning to ACTA (the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement), which is an international effort to strengthen intellectual property rights. ACTA not only threatens websites, but also other things like low-cost medicines. Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, … Continue reading

New Anonymous links could launch a DDOS attack from your computer without your knowledge

Anonymous has apparently found a new way to launch wide-rooted DDOS attacks against its targets, and it’s an ingenious method that involves encouraging people to click on a specific link. If the user doesn’t have javascript disabled, the link can then launch a DDOS attack (basically trying to flood the server) from the user’s computer, … Continue reading

Is SOPA really dead? Lamar Smith pulls bill, but critics warn of further threats

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) appears to be dead, with chief sponsor Lamar Smith having pulled the bill in the wake of an unprecedented online ‘strike’. However, while many are celebrating the apparent death of SOPA, others are warning that this is just the latest development in an ongoing struggle that is far from … Continue reading

Is the Megaupload shutdown linked to SOPA and PIPA? No. Meanwhile…

Some people are wondering whether the shutdown of Megaupload is some kind of response to the internet’s collective show of strength on Wednesday, when many sites blacked out in protest at SOPA and PIPA. Some even argue that Anonymous has been goaded into wasting the goodwill that built up during Wednesday’s protest. Could that be … Continue reading