The dark and intriguing world of hacking just got murkier, as a group of hackers called the A-Team revealed the details of the famed LulzSec hackers in an apparent spite attack.
Hackers do shop fellow hackers to llaw enforcement, one reason why the world of hacking is particularly dangerous. However, in the latest instance, data regarding an entire team of hackers that had the world terrified for several weeks has supposedly been revealed.
The A-Team has published the names, aliases, e-mail addresses, phone numbers and other personal details of the LulzSec members, making them easy targets for the law enforcement, thetechherald reported, citing The New York Times.
LulzSec had disbanded itself recently, after ensuring that the crusade against Internet security and big corporations and governments of the world had gained enough media attention.
However, the A-Team reportedly believes that LulzSec lacked the skill to do anything more than go after the low-hanging fruit.”
It is no mystery that the hackers' world is one of immense intrigue. Betrayal looms large ahead of them at every turn, and nasty surprises are what they deal with every day. And then, some end up working with the strangest partners, law enforcement.
It's been revealed that the FBI has infiltrated the hacking community so deeply that hackers walk on thin ice, knowing not who will shop them to the police and when.
Bradley Manning, the alleged WikiLeaks source, is a case in point. Manning, who now sits in jail, was betrayed by a senior hacker who he had approached for guidance.
The FBI's strategy is simple. It infiltrates the hacking community by threatening hackers with longer prison terms, lest they work as moles and pass on information about other offenders.
Barrett Brown, a spokesman for the hacktivist group Anonymous, once said, The FBI is everywhere. According to Eric Corley, who runs hacker quarterly 2600, about a quarter of all hackers in the U.S. may have been recruited by authorities as moles.
The FBI uses moles to report about large-scale identity fraud, and this practice has helped the agency to catch dozens of online criminals.
Last month British police arrested Ryan Cleary, who is believed to be the LulzSec mastermind who attacked Sony, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Senate.
The British police believed Cleary was part of LulzSec's inner ring and that his arrest could give vital leads to the hacker group. LulzSec insisted that he is not part of them. However, LulzSec blasted the moles who turned Cleary in to the police.
These goons begged us for mercy after they apologized to us all night for leaking some of our affiliates' logs. And there was further threat. There is no mercy on The Lulz Boat, the group said in a post.