Report: LulzSec tried to blackmail CEO of data security firm

LulzSec, the mysterious hacker group who have claimed responsibility for a number of high profile web site attacks over the past week, are now accused of dealing in blackmail as well. As reported by CNet's News.com, Karim Hijazi, the CEO of the botnet-tracking company Unveillance, said that he was contacted by LulzSec last week. He claims the hacker group threatened to release personal info about Hijazi. The group would keep that info to themselves if Hijazi told them about "the whereabouts of compromised computers on the Internet." Those computers might be used to attack other web sites.

Hijazi said he refused to give that info to the hacker group. As a result, LulzSec this week released "his personal contact information, e-mails, and chat logs." Hijazi says he does not believe this will impact his business, saying, "  ... it just sucks for my family and me." In their own statement about this latest development, LulzSec claims that, " ... we were never going to extort anything from you. We were simply going to pressure you into a position where you could be willing to give us money for our silence, and then expose you publicly." The group also claims that Hijazi actually offered to pay LulzSec for "destroying" his company's competitors.

According to News.com's report, this was a part of the hacker group's attack against InfraGard, a company affiliated with the FBI. Earlier this week Lulzsec defaced the PBS.org news site with a story claiming that the late rapper Tupac Shakur was still alive. The group is also confirmed with an attack on the Sony Pictures and Sony BMG web sites this week which resulted in the group taking the personal info of over 1 million people.

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While they may be having fun right now, life isn't going to be so entertaining when they get thrown in the dungeon and they accidentally drop their bar of soap.

LulzSec claims that, " ... we were never going to extort anything from you. We were simply going to pressure you into a position where you could be willing to give us money for our silence, and then expose you publicly."

It doesn't matter how many times I read that bit, it still sounds like LulzSec were expecting to get money from this.

This kind of thing doesn't win them any points from me. If you're going to do something to make a point then do it. Don't pressure your adversary with blackmail.

While I can't wait for them to get caught, I'm really not in the mood to see their neck-bearded nacho-stained faces plastered across the articles about it.

These are the kind of blobs that sit in front of a computer all day with IRC on one side of the screen and 10 tabs of their favorite web forums on the other.

yup and i'm tired of hearing about it too. everyone knows what they're up too and what they're doing so wouldn't it be nice to just move on with this?

People thought they were just targeting Sony, that they had it coming. Nope, turns out they're just regular scumbag criminals.

Obviously these guys aren't idiots if they are going this ballsy. Hackers don't give themselves this much attention unless they know they are completely secure from government eyes. No doubt that multiple governments are tracking this guy as we speak, I just don't think it is gonna be anytime soon when they catch him.

StrykerMikado said,
Obviously these guys aren't idiots if they are going this ballsy. Hackers don't give themselves this much attention unless they know they are completely secure from government eyes. No doubt that multiple governments are tracking this guy as we speak, I just don't think it is gonna be anytime soon when they catch him.

I do not think that LulzSec is one person but a group working together and I am pretty sure they are using Proxy, VPN or just running multiple IPs. The government will get them but it is going to take time as you said.

StrykerMikado said,
Obviously these guys aren't idiots if they are going this ballsy. Hackers don't give themselves this much attention unless they know they are completely secure from government eyes. No doubt that multiple governments are tracking this guy as we speak, I just don't think it is gonna be anytime soon when they catch him.

No, they THINK they're safe, but they're not. Geohot thought he was safe too.

n_K said,

No, they THINK they're safe, but they're not. Geohot thought he was safe too.

It is like a car chase they keep on driving around thinking they will get away but by the end they will be caught.

StrykerMikado said,
Obviously these guys aren't idiots if they are going this ballsy. Hackers don't give themselves this much attention unless they know they are completely secure from government eyes. No doubt that multiple governments are tracking this guy as we speak, I just don't think it is gonna be anytime soon when they catch him.

Kevin Mitnik was caught... I don't think they're better.... they will fall soon.

This **** tards give all hackers a bad name if you got a ****ing problem with big Corporations how about ****ing with Fox News? This ****s probably watched the movie hackers way too many ****ing times. If you got a problem dumb ****s why not hack also Banks for all the mortgage frauds huh? Right they only attack the weak and crippled.

TsMkLg068426 said,
This **** tards give all hackers a bad name if you got a ****ing problem with big Corporations how about ****ing with Fox News? This ****s probably watched the movie hackers way too many ****ing times. If you got a problem dumb ****s why not hack also Banks for all the mortgage frauds huh? Right they only attack the weak and crippled.

I think you'll find they DO attack banks, and they keep it ****-hot hush-hush, why'd they want people finding out they've stolen loads of money or reduced a mortage rate or whatnot on a very traceable and tightly-held system that would land them in prison for a very long time for fraud.

TsMkLg068426 said,
This **** tards give all hackers a bad name if you got a ****ing problem with big Corporations how about ****ing with Fox News? This ****s probably watched the movie hackers way too many ****ing times. If you got a problem dumb ****s why not hack also Banks for all the mortgage frauds huh? Right they only attack the weak and crippled.

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n_K said,

I think you'll find they DO attack banks, and they keep it ****-hot hush-hush, why'd they want people finding out they've stolen loads of money or reduced a mortage rate or whatnot on a very traceable and tightly-held system that would land them in prison for a very long time for fraud.

So what good is this bull**** they are doing? What have they proved? How weak our security is still is that their point? I just don't get the point anymore for constantly attacking Sony. **** life in prison Death Penalty for the trolls.

TsMkLg068426 said,
This **** tards give all hackers a bad name if you got a ****ing problem with big Corporations how about ****ing with Fox News? This ****s probably watched the movie hackers way too many ****ing times. If you got a problem dumb ****s why not hack also Banks for all the mortgage frauds huh? Right they only attack the weak and crippled.

u mad bro?

TsMkLg068426 said,

I just don't get the point anymore for constantly attacking Sony.


I think they are still mad about the GeoHotz incident. They need to get over it.

Anthony S said,

I think they are still mad about the GeoHotz incident. They need to get over it.

Nah, since they've started diversifying away from Sony, something tells me it's just "for the lulz" now.

It'll be interesting to see how long this blatant attention-getting by these crackers will go on.

TsMkLg068426 said,
This **** tards give all hackers a bad name if you got a ****ing problem with big Corporations how about ****ing with Fox News? This ****s probably watched the movie hackers way too many ****ing times. If you got a problem dumb ****s why not hack also Banks for all the mortgage frauds huh? Right they only attack the weak and crippled.

Yeah, well **** the **** until they ***ing **** those ***ers who ***ing ****ed up with the ****ing corporations back in ****ing 19**. ****, ****ity ****. ****!

Hacking into Sony, Nintendo, then FBI affiliated companies, defacing web sites and now blackmail. These idiots are going to have a very long stay in prison; I hope it was worth the lulz.

Lulzsec is getting too much attention. I predict their downfall soon. Usually hacker groups stay in the underground, and it's better that way. Lulzsec has come as way too arrogant lately.

Anooxy said,
Lulzsec is getting too much attention. I predict their downfall soon. Usually hacker groups stay in the underground, and it's better that way. Lulzsec has come as way too arrogant lately.

Yea. They need to dissappear for a year or two...they are doing stupid stuff to themselves. They should know that hackers can get hacked. The only title I can see that will fit when they get caught: "FOR THE LULZ"

its stupid groups like this that ruin the internet for the rest of us..... instead of companies fixing holes, we get the gov to write laws to "protect" us from ourselves...... which always go way to far and ruin things....

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,
. instead of companies fixing holes, we get the gov to write laws to "protect" us from ourselves......

Then the real problem would be the "lawmakers" mistaken application of corrective measures then wouldn't it?

Actually in the US, it's because the corporations now pay for the election campaigns of all lawmakers, so it's the corporations turning around and using these events as a means to pass thinly veiled corporate graft legislation, like the DMCA, etc.

So the only REAL way to fix this in the US is to pass a public campaign finance law. That is how the politicians get out of bed with the lobbyists and focus the majority of their time on governing rather than raising money to get re-elected.

LulzSec should continue this, damn nolifers that only care about e-penis
They'll run into a wall sooner or later

Die pigs, stop giving governments reasons to lockdown our precious open and free internets! just f*ck off from the internet and do me and 1,5billion more people a huge favour

Shadowzz said,
LulzSec should continue this, damn nolifers that only care about e-penis
They'll run into a wall sooner or later

Ah but you'll never catch LulzSec for they are Legion!