United States Senate.gov hacked by LulzSec

Over the past few weeks alone, there have been a variety of cases where there has either been a security breach with a company's systems or a set of hackers being arrested. Today it has been revealed that LulzSec, a seemingly upcoming group of people intent on testing the integrity of an organisation's digital security, have announced they have gained access to Senate.gov.

While the LulzSec group aren't particularly great fans of the United States government, they appear to have not revealed any information that would be of any particular use or interest to a computer user/political enthusiast. However, given that the site was able to be breached at all, questions have been raised over whether server security is being taken as seriously within the United States as previous statements have suggested.

Christopher M. Vontz, who is the server administrator for Senate.gov, was paid around $125,431 in 2010, with a clear pattern of increasing year on year. With this security breach of a public website, run institutionally by the United States, this will certainly stir up some hard feelings from within.

Cybercrime has become an almost every day news story in some form on technology and general news websites in recent weeks, with LulzSec targeting numerous companies and now a major world power's legislature website. LulzSec have no doubt become a prime target to those seeking perpetrators of cybercrime.

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freak180 said,

Not safe there thanks to Sony.

Did I really had to add "/sarcasm"? Your data isn't safe just because you know where you put it.
And I can provide more examples by the recent hacking news. Your data is never really safe online.
The only way to keep it safe, is to bury it in a ground locked in a safe. But that's too much of a bother for "my" login information to pron.com

Pupik said,

I've put my personal and credit card information upon the creation/usage of a PSN account. Is it safe there?

Ask Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC

guitmz said,
i assure u ur info is secure as long u know where u put it into

First, l2spell.

Second, no. I don't have a PSN account, but for the sake of the point. I would KNOW that I placed my financial information there, but yet it is not secure. Probably a more personal example, my Amazon credit card. I KNOW they have my SSN, but if a data security breech occurs, it is still compromised.

Your fallacy is that you are making a non sequitur. Whether someone has the knowledge of where their data is does not make it safe. That is like saying that because you know where your house is that therefore it is theft proof. Or that if you know where you parked your car, you don't have to lock it.

@Pupik

probably.. they dont want to steal ur CC info, they just want to prove a point! if they want to use ur info, they wouldnt tell everyone that they got it, giving u a chance to cancel it all and order a new card.

presence06 said,
Osama... I mean, Obama prepping to push "I haz control of interwebz" button.... 3....2.......

Go back to having tea parties, I liked you guys better that way. Mr. Heffalump needs more sugar!

I mean I wish that hackers like this would go about it more diplomatically, but at least it was these guys and not an actual terrorist organization that could do intense damage. These types of security holes are unacceptable, handle your **** government.

This is going to be fun... I really hope they aren't just a bunch of kids using script kiddies like part of Anon are... this things are handy... I must say.

MidnightDevil said,
This is going to be fun... I really hope they aren't just a bunch of kids using script kiddies like part of Anon are... this things are handy... I must say.

they're not. anon also has skilled "members" but as an open "organization" it is, many sk can join anytime..

I find it hilarious people honestly think it is a single "group" of people, do you honestly think the hacks would be rolling out this quickly if it was one group? No one is that stupid.

Joseph B said,
I find it hilarious people honestly think it is a single "group" of people, do you honestly think the hacks would be rolling out this quickly if it was one group? No one is that stupid.

So far Lulzsec is the only group taking responsibility for the latest hacks that have occurred. They are the only group right now that anyone cares about getting caught for these hacks.

Good on them, if and when they do get caught I just hope that the government gives them a job at the end of it, because hopefully they would of sacked their security people, thus a job position becoming available.

Dan~ said,
Good on them, if and when they do get caught I just hope that the government gives them a job at the end of it, because hopefully they would of sacked their security people, thus a job position becoming available.

Why does everyone say we should reward criminals by giving them jobs? That's so stupid. As if there aren't many talented programmers out there who actually contribute to society instead of breaking the law who could really use those jobs. Yes a lot of security people should be fired, but give the jobs to good people who need them and not wastes of oxygen like lulzsec.

TRC - I say hire them because there clearly better than the current security people they have employed. Give them a full time job and get them back in society the correct and legal way. I doubt there's no stopping them, but if they were hired then they could do 'real' good work.

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