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In a predictable backlash against the sweep that has netted suspected LulzSec members in America and Europe, Anonymous has defaced some web pages of the security firm Panda Security. As previously reported by The Register, the arrests turned on the assistance of Hector Xavier Monsegur, known in LulzSec circles as Sabu. …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Just making it easy

    Why not just walk into an FBI office and declare you are LulzSec? Do these hackers get reduced sentences for being dumb?

  2. Turtle

    Getting even!

    "Website graffiti for Lulzsec arrests".

    Well that really evens up the score, now doesn't it?!

    1. That Awful Puppy

      Re: Getting even!

      In a way, yes, it's quite silly. On the other hand, it's tremendeously bad publicity for Panda. I mean, would you really hire a physical security company if they got their lobby vandalised every time they apprehended a suspect?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Entertaining, now all of the Stratfor leak can be made questionable as fabricated because it comes from a source that is known to be compromised.

    One shot - two targets. Applause. Well thought out and well executed. Surprisingly well for US 3 letter outfits.

    1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

      Re: Entertaining

      >>>>>now all of the Stratfor leak can be made questionable as fabricated because it comes from a source that is known to be compromised.

      Huh, what? The Stratfor leak always came from a source that could be compromised! Random shit, posted on the internet, is not exactly the world's most credible chain of evidence.

      This news makes it no more, or less, likely that any of it has been faked.

      Suspicion of government is a healthy attitude to maintain. So long as you're able to recognise when it's more likely the government is telling the truth - as it often does.

      Assuming that Anonymous/Lulzsec are trustworthy by default (and made less so by interaction with government) is plain stupid.

  4. Gordon Pryra

    unsupervised children on the interwebs

    if they were actually hacking then they may get some kudos, but pissing with websites is hardly matrix style l33t haxors skillz

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    tit for tat.

    I love these tit (Script kiddies scribble graffiti on some website.) for tat (Police throw aforementioned script kiddies in a federal pound me up the ass prison.) exchanges.

    By my reckoning the tats are ahead somewhat.

  6. The BigYin

    Let me understand this

    Anon/LulzSec hack into the FBI comms channels. This is "good".

    Someone hacks into Anon/LulzSec comms channels. This is "bad".

    Err....sauce for the goose and all that.

    1. Bumpy Cat

      I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that ...

      Anon/LulzSec hack into systems and break them - BAD

      They release documents that show inner workings of govt, some of which is corrupt - GOOD

      They piss off the FBI - BAD (idea)

      FBI arrests people who broke things, probably LulzSec - err ... good? I think?

      People arrested get abused in prison - BAD

      Verdict: everything is BAD and broken forever. Also, it's raining and my coffee is cold.

  7. dotdavid

    Panda cops

    Did anyone else after reading the title expect an article about Panda police officers? No? Oh OK then.

    1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

      Re: Panda cops

      Nope. I thought of panda cars.

      Defacing panda cars with anti-police grafitti perhaps...

      But I salute you for your mental acuity. Clearly these pandas are not to be trusted. Despatched by the Chinese government on multi-year secret missions to the world's most important cities - they lull their hosts into a false sense of security by their laziness. But clearly no sensible person can believe such a ludicrous animal could be real? Conclusion, they must be secret-police-disguised-as-pandas. Obvious innit.

      1. Is it me?

        Re: Panda cops

        Note for non-UK readers, Panda Cars are local police patrol units, which when introduced in the 1960s were generally Light Blue with White doors. They tend to be silver now, because they have a better resale value, if a standard GM Compact Astra thrashed to death by our braveboys in blue could ever be deemed to have a resale value.

    2. Soruk

      Re: Panda cops

      > Panda police officers

      Not everything is so black and white.

      1. Figgus


        Dammit. (see icon)

  8. Leivinha

    Panda Security's official statement

    On March 6th the hacking group LulzSec, part of Anonymous, obtained access to a Panda Security webserver hosted outside of the Panda Security internal network. This server was used only for marketing campaigns and to host some of the company’s blogs. Neither the main website nor were affected in the attack. The attack did not breach Panda Security’s internal network and neither source code, update servers nor customer data was accessed. The only information accessed was related to marketing campaigns such as landing pages and some obsolete credentials, including supposed credentials for employees that have not been working at Panda for over five years.

    We continue investigating the cause of the intrusion and will provide more details as soon as they become available. Meanwhile we assure all our customers and partners that none of their information has been compromised and that our products and services continue functioning as normal.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Panda Security's official statement

      Yes, but lets be honest Panda...

      For all your knee- bent-running-about-crisis-management-behaviour, you still look a bit silly.

      Being self styled online security experts. There's really no getting away from that, is there?

      Intrusion detection? Backup & recovery? Password security? Patching?

    2. Elmer Phud

      eggs - basket

      "the hacking group LulzSec, part of Anonymous"

      Beware script kiddies, you're next to be included.

      Who's after that to join the enemies of freedom and decency?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: eggs - basket

        freedom and decency are in the eye of the beholder

    3. Doug Glass

      Re: Panda Security's official statement

      Panda, you were beaten at the very game your tout yourselves as being experts in. Supposedly experts in preventing what happened to you from happening to others. If you think for a minute you can word-smith and spin yourselves out of an embarrassing and untenable position you're as delusional as they come.

      What you need to do is acknowledge you were had and then move on from there and do better. But, since you'd have us believe you're the very best, I'd suggest you have just put your foot in your mouth, stepped on your crank and any number of things that demonstrate your basic, underlying, incompetence.

      1. Tom 13

        @Doug Glass: Not at all.

        The internals, where Panda product are deployed, were unaffected by the hack. The marketing sites, controlled by the clueless drones and bean counters who ignored our security advice for ease of use and cost control, were hacked. So their product is good, AND they've provided evidence of what happens when it's ignored.

        See how easy that is? And I don't even work for or use their product.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    It appears that Sabu is being denounced because the other Anon/Lulzsec members think he's a "snitch" - I'd be interested to see how the other members of Anon/Lulzsec stand up to interrogation by professional law enforcement. I suspect they think it'd be easy, I mean, how hard can it be?

    Well, it turns out very hard (I speak from experience), especially if you're the sort of person who gets cocky and doesn't just stick with "No Comment" as an answer to anything.

    1. Tom 13

      Re: Sabu

      According to reports I've read, there wasn't much interrogating. Police knocked on his door, he realized the jig was up and just how badly he was screwed and started chattering away before they even took him down to be booked. After he'd been booked, he was pretty much a sock puppet for the FBI. Which means the other arrests that have just been made are likely to hold up well in court. The question for LULZ and anon is: How much do you trust those people not to turn just as quickly as Sabu did?

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Denial is not working

    Denial doesn't seem to be working too well for Anon, Sabu, Assange or The Pirate Bay Boys. there seems to be a pattern here. It would appear that Denial is not a river in Egypt.

  11. cjoki

    so are they a sad panda?

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I wonder ....

    What would make this a great story is if they police were accused of entrapment by using Sabu. I don't think I have prepared this much popcorn in a while.

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Let the circus begin

    It should be funny hearing the defenses for these hackers in court.

    "I'couldn't get a job so I hacked the FBI website to show them how smart I R."

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