(The Hosting News) – Many of us interested in the IT industry have been paying heavy attention to breaches carried out by hacking group LulzSec. Over the last couple months, the group has successfully breached sites belonging to the CIA, Sony, U.S. Senate, an FBI affiliate, PBS, and more. Well, the group ended its 50 day operation on Saturday the twenty-fifth.
LulzSec often referred to political motives and just for laughs as reasons behind the high profile breaches. It remains unclear exactly why the group suddenly called it quits, but in a press release LulzSec indicated that their operation was only supposed to last a certain amount of time.
However, a suspect involved with the group had recently been arrested in the UK. After the group’s announcement to disband, it was also reported that U.S. Feds raided the home of someone with possible LulzSec ties.
Meanwhile, Lulzsec’s end doesn’t necessarily mean the end of high profile breaches. Anonymous, another well-known hacking group in the movement called “anti-sec” has already stepped up its game with LulzSec’s absence. The group is said to be planning new cyber-attacks. Upon disbanding, LulzSec asked its fans to support Anonymous through Twitter. Anonymous has also claimed that former LulzSec members have joined their group.
The LulzSec hacks have brought new attention to site security risks. The best effect of the breaches is that it might have resulted in others upping their sites’ security standards.
In related news, it was recently reported that researches at Kaspersky Lab discovered a giant botnet called “TDL-4.” In a blog posting on Securelist.com, Kaspersky writes that the latest botnet represents “the most sophisticated threat today.” The researchers already suspect that TDL-4 has affected around four and a half million computers. That represents a big contrast to the previous Coreflood Botnet. U.S. Federal investigators recently shut down Coreflood. The botnet was said to have infected around 2 million computer systems.
In the realm of social networking, Google recently previewed its social networking platform called “Google+.” The news possibly sets up a high-profile rivalry with social networking site Facebook. Sign-ups for Google+ are in high demand as they’ve only been offered by Google in a limited capacity. Google+ has five features including Circles, Sparks, Huddle, Hangouts, and Instant Upload. For the most part, reviewers who have previewed the social platform have given it pretty good reviews. Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see in time how the new social site shapes up against Facebook.
As for companies battling it out over use of their technologies, it was recently revealed that Oracle is seeking $2.6 billion in its lawsuit against Google. Oracle has accused Google of infringing upon its Java technologies. According to Reuters, a trial on the matter could begin in November.
Last month’s breach of Citigroup’s system may have been worse that previously suspected. The company recently confirmed to CNN that Citigroup customers had lost around $2.7 million in the breach that compromised user credit card accounts. Despite the loss, Citigroup is not holding those effected responsible for charges related to the loss.