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[CNET] Exclusive: CEO says hackers tried to extort data, money

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Karim Hijazi knew his nightmare was just beginning when he saw that a mysterious e-mail had arrived in his inbox at 3 a.m. on May 26 that included his e-mail password and the subject line "Let us talk."
That would mark the beginning of a weeklong saga of e-mail exchanges and Internet Relay Chat (IRC) discussions in which Hijazi says a group of hackers told him they wouldn't publicly divulge information they had gotten from snooping on his accounts if he revealed sensitive security information acquired by the botnet-tracking firm, Unveillance, that he launched last year. The hackers, who call themselves LulzSec, wanted to know the whereabouts of compromised computers on the Internet that when remotely controlled are used en masse to attack Web sites, he told CNET in an exclusive phone interview late last night.

Hacking victim Hijazi says LulzSec hackers tried to extort money and information out of him, as evidenced by this excerpt he provided of a chat log. Click to enlarge.
(Credit: Karim Hijazi)
When he refused, LulzSec went public with his data, Hijazi says, posting his personal contact information, e-mails, and chat logs for download online yesterday as part of a campaign to embarrass the FBI and its InfraGard partner. The group had hacked the Web site of InfraGard Atlanta and grabbed usernames and passwords for about 180 members, including Hijazi. Because Hijazi had used the same password on the InfraGard site that he used on his personal Gmail account and his corporate Google Apps account, the hackers were easily able to spy on his personal and business activities.


Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20...#ixzz1OW1gR7Rl
For those who still think this is some harmless group looking to hack for Lulz, please read this article. I don't know where the rest of you cross your lines in your world of right and wrong, but this is very shady of LulzSec IMHO.
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wow its disgusting that they did it for money, threatened a company that all info will be leaked for money
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oops wrong thread
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They sound like a bunch of guys who want to sound tough (the hackers); it's pathetic.

Hope they do get caught.
    
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They sound poor and bored to me. Just from my experience on the darker side of the net.
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You can find it all here lol http://lulzsecurity.com/releases/
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To be fair, Lulz Sec. claimed that they were only testing him to see if he'd cave. Probably with the intent of smearing Hijazi's reputation publicly (if their claim is true, that is). If nothing else, they (Lulz) left themselves open to Hijazi going public himself and laying waste to them in the same manner.

In other words, if their intent wasn't to actually extort him, then they went about it it a very stupid manner.
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post #8 of 63
I'm not surprised. People want the easiest way to make money these days.
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but their fake tupac article on pbs was hilarious!
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Sony needs to get its security team together!
    
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