LulzSec hacks Escapist Magazine and EVE Online

The Escapist has become the next victim of attacks perpetrated by hacking group 'LulzSec', after they managed to bring the site down and apparently cause chaos for the system administrators. The group tweeted the following at 5:35GMT on Tuesday, 14th June:

We're firing at Escapist Magazine with around 0.4% of our total ammunition. Let's see what their admins are made of - game is on, folks.

LulzSec is quickly becoming a more well known group online, after having perpetrated attacks upon Epic Games, the US Senate, Bethesda Softworks, ZeniMax, and now The Escapist, as well as other websites. The group claims that their strike against Escapist Magazine is 'causing chaos for sysadmins', to directly quote their Twitter account. During the attack, they tweeted the following (in chronological order):

Okay Escapist Magazine, let's play
a
little
game
Tango
Down
: http://t.co/Kgsq9LP *munches popcorn* wonder where the gamers are gonna run now. Note this URL links to Escapist
Magazine.
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Lulz Cannon is making toast of Escapist Magazine. The real disruption ammunition is secretly causing hell for their sysadmins. umad?
We're firing at Escapist Magazine with around 0.4% of our total ammunition. Let's see what their admins are made of - game is on, folks.

Perhaps more worrying than their attack against Escapist Magazine is their offer of 'attacks on demand', whereby they will target sites as requested by Twitter users. It may be a joke intended to frustrate those seeking to make the most of this opportunity, but it may be a genuine offer. Attempting to navigate to the Escapist Magazine website results in an error (at the time of writing, an 'Object not found' error), with the issue being that 'The requested URL was not found on this server'. At the same time as this article was being written, @LulzSec tweeted about having attacked EVE Online, a popular MMO title. Their tweet in relation to this is as follows:

We just wiped out the login server for Eve Online, and it accidentally took their website out at the same time:

Note that the shortened URL above links to the EVE Online website, which cannot be accessed at this current moment in time.

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I have the feeling that this LulzSec is a fake hacking team aka fiasco used by countries to hacked few companies and then use it as excuse to do w/e they want with the internetz

There's always someone better out there, no matter how good someone may seem. I'm not saying it'll be today, or even next week, or next month, but in the coming future they will meet their match and whenever that happens it'll be like taking candy from a baby for the person or group who hits them.

Alright seriously, I know someone working at Escapist. They haven't done anything wrong. What the hell Lulzsec? And EVE Online? Man I'm really getting into that game now.

I wonder if anymore stuff was mentioned about meeting cyberattacks with military action. I don't care where they are from, throw a cruise missile at it.

Azies said,
I wonder if anymore stuff was mentioned about meeting cyberattacks with military action. I don't care where they are from, throw a cruise missile at it.
Knowing where they were might help...

i just enjoy the chaos, to (not directly) quote george carlin.

I actually do.. All these attacks, especially on the .gov sites will shake up the world. And noone can seriously tell me that it is a bad thing...

I'm sure you're frustrated if you are a user on one of the attacked sites/servers, but from my perspective, it's just true anarchy of the internetz. And fun.. i guess.. hence LulzSec

fuflo said,
i just enjoy the chaos, to (not directly) quote george carlin.

I actually do.. All these attacks, especially on the .gov sites will shake up the world. And noone can seriously tell me that it is a bad thing...

I'm sure you're frustrated if you are a user on one of the attacked sites/servers, but from my perspective, it's just true anarchy of the internetz. And fun.. i guess.. hence LulzSec

Obviously you don't seem to comprehend this is NOT .gov sites. And you sir are an idiot if you think this is a good thing.

fuflo said,
i just enjoy the chaos, to (not directly) quote george carlin.

I actually do.. All these attacks, especially on the .gov sites will shake up the world. And noone can seriously tell me that it is a bad thing...

I'm sure you're frustrated if you are a user on one of the attacked sites/servers, but from my perspective, it's just true anarchy of the internetz. And fun.. i guess.. hence LulzSec

Obviously you don't seem to comprehend this is NOT .gov sites. And you sir and an idiot if you think this is a good thing.

jd100 said,

Obviously you don't seem to comprehend this is NOT .gov sites. And you sir and an idiot if you think this is a good thing.

Anyone with half a brain knows the few government sites that have been hacked deserve every bit of it. Their 200+ million dollar salaries and 10+ million dollar bonuses is what put this country in the condition it's in now.

Instate a salary cap, and things would start turning around as fast as you could blink. Because there would be enough money to go around for the entire world. They give these big corporations billions of dollars to keep them from going bankrupt and shutting their doors, but they won't do a damn thing for your every day United States citizen. They're always willing to open their hand and take our tax dollars, though! They rather see their own people go homeless and die from starvation than to help families in need. And even then, they still wouldn't lift a finger.

Hell, you could take the money that one person makes in a 10 year period, and run this country just off that one persons 10 year salary for the rest of time. And that's a lot of money!

So don't tell me the government sites that have been hacked doesn't deserve it.

GollyJeeWizz said,

Anyone with half a brain knows the few government sites that have been hacked deserve every bit of it. Their 200+ million dollar salaries and 10+ million dollar bonuses is what put this country in the condition it's in now.

As if the ones who are making those huge salaries are going to give a rat's behind whether the sites get hacked or not. Use your brain, this isn't doing anything but bringing more regulations down on us all, and the fact that they are hacking innocent game companies like Minecraft prove that these clownshoes are not in it to help anyone but their own egos.

GollyJeeWizz said,

Anyone with half a brain knows the few government sites that have been hacked deserve every bit of it. Their 200+ million dollar salaries and 10+ million dollar bonuses is what put this country in the condition it's in now.

Instate a salary cap, and things would start turning around as fast as you could blink. Because there would be enough money to go around for the entire world. They give these big corporations billions of dollars to keep them from going bankrupt and shutting their doors, but they won't do a damn thing for your every day United States citizen. They're always willing to open their hand and take our tax dollars, though! They rather see their own people go homeless and die from starvation than to help families in need. And even then, they still wouldn't lift a finger.

Hell, you could take the money that one person makes in a 10 year period, and run this country just off that one persons 10 year salary for the rest of time. And that's a lot of money!

So don't tell me the government sites that have been hacked doesn't deserve it.

I like your rant but I have a question. You said the gov sites deserved to be taken down and then mentioned $200MM salaries so who in the government is making +$200MM or getting a $10MM bonus? That kind of pay happens in the corporate world but I've never ever heard of a public employee making that! Hell, the last time I checked the president only made around $500k annually which is a far cry from $200MM.

Also I'm not sure you could run this country off of a single persons 10 year salary. Even if that person made a decent paycheck, say $100k annually, that's only $1MM. How do you run a government off of $1MM? You have a military to pay, supplies, utilities, research, paper, pens, blah, blah, blah. I'm not sure how far you'd get with just $1MM.

But like I said, overall I like your rant! And for what it's worth - I totally agree that some of these corporate bigwigs are getting paid ENTIRELY too much. Then they turn around and ask for government bailouts, golden parachutes, and lie lie lie.

Aghares said,
Yeah, salute them while they steal YOUR PERSONAL DATA...

Anyone who supports these wannabe hackers, deserves to have that happen to them. I see a few people posting here "saluting" the hackers.

There is absolutely no excuse to be doing a DOS attack on an online game site. And there is no excuse for them posting the login names and passwords on bittorrent for everyone to download.

Damn it, I just started the EVE Online trial due to the ps3 Dust 514 connection. Hackers are actually pushing people toward government control. I'd rather the devil I know than the devil I don't know, i can't trust people i can look in the eye what makes hackers think I trust that they are fighting for our rights.

Most likely they aren't that good.

It's probably a bug on a sever OS or web server version, or a router's software version they exploit, making it look like they actually can do anything.

I would look to what those sites they attack have in common, hardware or software. I bet they only have so many tricks up their sleeves.

EVE Online
EVE Online and related services are currently offline, to return ASAP after investigation of some issues

+1 to them. It is time Internet sites get some real security. Each DDoS or hacking means easy install of rootkits and trojans in web pages or theft of users personal data.

alexalex said,
+1 to them. It is time Internet sites get some real security. Each DDoS or hacking means easy install of rootkits and trojans in web pages or theft of users personal data.

Really? When government around the world are trying to lock down and control the internet, morons like these are only going to increase support for them...

alexalex said,
+1 to them. It is time Internet sites get some real security. Each DDoS or hacking means easy install of rootkits and trojans in web pages or theft of users personal data.

There's no such thing as total security, and what this is going to result in is less anonymity and internet freedom for all of us. These guys are not doing us any favors, they are making everything worse and not because they want to help us but because they are a bunch of stupid trolls. Screw them, as I said I hope they rot in prison.

every website can be DDoSed... there's no real protection against that only if u have idk google server lol but even google can be someday..

guitmz said,
every website can be DDoSed...

Not true. While there is no website-level protection again it (so nothing you can do), there is hardware level protection by your host, ISP, local tier, etc.

It's just that this costs money and time to implement and so rather than do the best job they can, these companies genuinely take the cheapest solution they can and hope for the best.

And honestly, that's just not good enough these days.

excalpius said,

Not true. While there is no website-level protection again it (so nothing you can do), there is hardware level protection by your host, ISP, local tier, etc.

It's just that this costs money and time to implement and so rather than do the best job they can, these companies genuinely take the cheapest solution they can and hope for the best.

And honestly, that's just not good enough these days.

The Escapist and minecraft? How much money do you think these websites have? Ever online maybe.

schubb2003 said,

The Escapist and minecraft? How much money do you think these websites have? Ever online maybe.

That last line should read "Eve Online maybe", but I can't edit the post.

Yeah, he removed it and put the following

@LulzSec You asked us for targets please hack NEOWIN.NET they *need* to get hacked, as they really deserve it! #TitanicTakeoverTuesday #fire

Taking a guess that this is someone who's butthurt over a ban?

Apologies for the errors in these articles guys. I fixed the ones I could see - I noticed the formatting really messed up with the quotes too, and I apologise for that. I honestly don't know how that happened because it's an issue I have never encountered before. As for the month, that was just a fail on my behalf; I'm assuming it's because I was looking forward to the summer holidays, and used that month instead. Stupid mistake, and I'm sorry.

As for the terms hacked and DDoSed, I typically use the term 'hacked' automatically. It's a habit I need to get out of, I know. I guess I'm used to using the term hacked to keep it simple when my friends ask whatever is happening. Apologies for that, and I'll try to avoid making stupid errors again in the future. Thanks to everyone who pointed out an issue.

It sounds like this is a DDOS attack. Not a break in... but still the same BS. How can anyone possibly support something like this?

They keep it up, and start taking a bunch of stuff down, they may get our military paying a nice visit to their homes.

lol we better watch out, we keep giving them so much coverage Neowin might become an innocent target :l

Rudy said,
Leave the front door open for too long and someone is bound to break in
If it's open then you don't have to break in, you simply walk in

warwagon said,
Well they are making a good point on how easy these sites are being hacked.
Most of these sites have not been hacked, they have just DDoS them.

warwagon said,
Well they are making a good point on how easy these sites are being hacked.

So if some arsonist went around burning down homes would they be making a point about fire safety? Lulzsec are criminal scum, nothing more. They aren't making a point about anything but being attention seeking losers who think they are immune from the law. It's going to be hilarious though seeing them in handcuffs.

NightSt@lk3r said,
Most of these sites have not been hacked, they have just DDoS them.

Is there a source here? If they've been DDoS'd then it's an ISP laziness issue. If they are using a 0day Apache hole, then of course it's an Apache/admin issue.

NightSt@lk3r said,
Most of these sites have not been hacked, they have just DDoS them.

Is that why they are releasing internal data for just about every site they hack on their website? As far as I know, it takes more than a simple DDoS attack to obtain that information. They're definitely doing more than just DDoS'ing them to bring them offline. They're completely breaching their systems.

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,
at some point one of these guys is going to show up with a bullet in their head...

If people are willing to murder someone over stuff like this, society has lost anyway.

and i bet they're using a botnet... so its kind of hard to find them... leads will take to zombies pcs, not masters

they are overreacting now. anyone can do what they do, but just dont make sense shutdown a website for nothing... if at least was a protest..

jamesyfx said,
I don't understand the point, it's almost as if they're choosing servers at random now. O.o

Pretty much. It's just becoming a joke now. They've apparently taken down the minecraft login servers as well, which has ruined my evening.

At the end of the day, we'll be the one's lulzing when they're found.

I don't visit either of those places, but I can imagine how the game players of Eve would be ticked off. What a bunch of pricks these guys are. Do they actually think this makes them popular or something.

k37chup said,

**** sake that is 2 sites now hacked that i been registered on.

This is really ****ing annoying, why would they do that??

Mr Paul Ferson. Perhaps you should learn the difference between 'hacked' and '(D)DoS'ed' (as if such a verb existed).

dancedar said,
I'm not surprised, considering they're firing from the future...14th July according to neowin.

)))))

dancedar said,
I'm not surprised, considering they're firing from the future...14th July according to neowin.

+1, our articles have become too lax and increase in "rumor" reporting; I am not a fan of those that do not proofread. You're posting on the main page and though only a subscriber I still expect you to write as though you're part of the writing staff - not that they have been top notch themselves occasionally lately.

webeagle12 said,
no offence but this starting to get out of hand

Agreed. Can't shake the feeling that eventually, if they aren't stopped soon, they might turn their hideously juvenile troll-lulzing towards news/tech-news sites.

~Johnny said,

Starting?


+1. "We just wiped out the login server for Eve Online, and it accidentally took their website out at the same time" ... right.

Noveed said,

No you are wrong, they are doing it for the "lulz"

Anonymous does it for the people. Lulzsec is purely about lulz.

They apparently think they are invincible, but with so many attacks (especially against government targets) it's only a matter of time before they are arrested. Then their cell mates will have the last lulz.

TRC said,
They apparently think they are invincible, but with so many attacks (especially against government targets) it's only a matter of time before they are arrested. Then their cell mates will have the last lulz.

You underestimate them. They are pretty damn good hackers if they can do this stuff, especially in the public eye, and not get caught immediately.

De.Bug said,

You underestimate them. They are pretty damn good hackers if they can do this stuff, especially in the public eye, and not get caught immediately.
I'm not sure about that. They seem to be DDOS'ing most if not all of these sites. That's not "good hacking" although it does appear the senate web site was indeed hacked as evidenced by the release of data. They seem to be demonstrating a blend of bot farmers (which isn't necessarily that skillful unless you're writing the bots) and some legit skills.

Tim Dawg said,
I'm not sure about that. They seem to be DDOS'ing most if not all of these sites. That's not "good hacking" although it does appear the senate web site was indeed hacked as evidenced by the release of data. They seem to be demonstrating a blend of bot farmers (which isn't necessarily that skillful unless you're writing the bots) and some legit skills.

Agreed.