Just goes to show
AVunit was the smart one. The best hackers are the ones that keep their traps shut and never brag about their exploits.
Thursday's sentencing of three core members of hacktivist crew LulzSec and an accomplice hacker who gave them access to a botnet closes an important chapter in the history of activism. But it also leaves a number of questions unanswered. One of the most interesting of these puzzlers is the identity of the mysterious sixth …
"The best hackers are the ones that keep their traps shut and never brag about their exploits."
Perhaps that is something these chumps will learn in their two or three semester course at the University of Crime? I'm sure their fellow 'students' did not get nicked for being so stupid as to publicly boast about their crimes.
Nonsense. The best crackers are not necessarily the ones with the best coding skills, but the ones who understand how to use every resource available to them, even to the point of getting those resources to act in concert.
How many times has a cracker with excellent coding skills been defeated by something as simple as a hardware keylogger? How many times has a half-baked, couldn't write C-code if it would stay an execution cracker managed to finangle his or her way into some high-level systems simply by offering to play tech support to a company for a day, walking around installing trojans using admin rights on company machines?
And the best crackers, of course, are the ones who've managed to convince the state / security forces that they are working for them, all for the low salary of a few tens of thousands a year, or maybe to get some time off a prison sentence.
I've openly wondered where all the great crackers of yesteryear went...those who were masters of their art in the '90s, and by now, would possibly be gods among men. They all just....disappeared. Now I wonder if, with the sudden rise of these cyberarmies and the firms which offer said services, if they didn't simply change their colors. Still, I am not sure...the problem I have is that if these firms hosted these people, I'd imagine they'd be a lot more effective than they have been. It's odd.
Agreed, although I would argue that rigorously segregating your online activities is a better jail-avoiding route.
For anyone doing anything dodgy, it's idiotic not to USE A PHYSICALLY SEPARATE BOX, one that's permanently Torred-up (or whatever suitable alternative is preferred). Otherwise, eventually, the would-be terrorist / child pornographer / leaker is going to have a "Waitaminute - if I'm using Tor why is my ping so low at the mome... OH SHI-"
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The UK has RIPA. Failing to hand over the keys is a 2 year sentence all by itself.
In other countries, refusal to hand over the keys on response to a court order is contempt of court and you'll get to sit in a cell for a week at a time until the judge gets bored, or you change your mind.
"Police latched onto Monsegur, an unemployed 28-year-old from New York, after he made the mistake of logging into an IRC chat server used by LulzSec without using the Tor anonymisation service - and just days after LulzSec had attacked the Feds."
Monumentally stupid move. That's like having your KGB spies show up with KGB badges outside the FBI. Really, doing something like that is a surefire way to get the Feds knocking on your door!
... I said something like, I'd rather trying to rape Paul Castellano's daughter on the steps of the Vatican on live telly, and leave my business cards strewn all over the place.
My guess is the sixth man was a g man.
There are some things you just don't do. You don't step out in front of a lorry, you don't slap Mike Tyson's mother, and you don't take on the people who own the infrastructure.
Everyone from Hannibal, to bin Laden have learned the hard way. Nothing's changed. Never has, never will.
The secret identity of AVunit is....
1. Beaker from the Muppets - because he has those shifty eyes.
2. Michael Mcintyre - same crap level of humour involved trying to be passed of for "lulz".
3. Janet Jackson - "it was all an accidental wardrobe malfunction with a PC...."
4. Julian Assange - well, apart from the links to Wikileaks, what else has he got to do whilst he's stuck sucking his thumb in the Ecuadorean Embassy?
Exactly what evidence did the UK courts put forward to get convictions from the other Lulzsec members as none of the articles i have seen seem to say exactly what evidence the police found to charge them?
I suspect the 6th member now has probably wiped any evidence from his computer and only surfs using tor just in case.
I know that there is absolutely 0 reported evidence against the supposed(no conviction yet) antisec member jeremy hammond.
From what I can tell he is being accused of having a life very similar to what the anarchaos fellow described to be his life and for disconnecting at approximately the same times. This information was widely available to several 1000 hackers so I have to question in how far that counts as evidence.
He's an american though so he'll be looking at 30 years to life when convicted.
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the brits will be put in a open prison in a few months with surround sound tv and hookers in their cell, then disappear and start working for the MOD
hacking groups are a national game, its why theres so much news about McKinnon, and the police going hahaha hes not a real hacker in interviews
if a country gets some big game, its fair enough, maybe next time
Yes, to the first bit, no to the second.
Yes, seeing his cohorts in jail probably has caused him to wipe any pcs he might have been using for the activities. The thing is, while there is a sudden burst of caution at nearly being caught, after a while it tends to get replaced by the "I'm too smart to be caught" syndrome, which eventually leads to them being caught. Moreover, browsing everything from TOR (or similar) would be the sort of behavior that would attract attention from investigative agencies.
No quarters should be alloted to cyber crims. Society should step up and make expeditious extradition mandatory for all digiatl crimes. Japan has the correct approach with mandatory prison sentences and high fines for all digital crime. The rest of society needs to adopt the same.
"Why not just establish sharia law...." Don't be silly, Sharia law is rediculously outdated, being over 900 years old and completely out-of-place in modern society, and doesn't even suggest which bit of a hackers body should be lopped off as punishment.
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