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PayPal, Symantec Hacked In Anonymous November 5 Hacking Spree 101

Posted by samzenpus
from the history-repeating dept.
New submitter Journe writes "Anonymous claims to have begun a hacking spree for the 5th of November. In their spree, they've laid waste to several Australian Government sites, and, for some reason, the site of Saturday Night Live. They also claim to have leaked VMware source code, along with user and employee info from Paypal and Symantec. There's some argument however that Anonymous is falsely taking claim for Symantec."
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PayPal, Symantec Hacked In Anonymous November 5 Hacking Spree

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  • by SJHillman (1966756) on Monday November 05, 2012 @10:43AM (#41880177)

    They also tried to deface Slashdot by correcting the spelling of "Symnatec", but the Slashdot editors kept them at bay.

    • Snap! Anonymous strikes again! The spelling has been fixed!
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      No this is the website for the Egyptian Pharoah Sym-Na-Tec

      sorry...

      • "Sym-Na-Tec. Sym-Na-Tec. Sym-Na-Tec." (Cut to scene of a guy with a huge penis diving off a building to eradicate the Evil One.)

        Wait... was that a 70s flashback? I only have these visions when I'm in my Den.
    • Thank GOD they fixed the misspelling... I was up all night last night worrying about it.
  • and, for some reason, the site of Saturday Night Live

    It's not broadcast here but 4 years ago it got media mention because of Tina Fey's Sarah Palin impersonation. Have they perhaps hurt the feelings of a particular candidate's supporters this time round?

    • by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 05, 2012 @11:13AM (#41880585)

      I think believing that these attacks are targeted that finely, or that there haven't just been a bunch of random people attacking anything that looked vulnerable isn't realistic.

      What probably happened is they searched for particular sites running particular combinations of software (it's not all that hard to find out what someone *claims* to be running), or even had just an automated sweep which returns a few likely candidates (my web server is hit all the time by people looking for proxy / malware PHP files that obviously only exist if you're vulnerable / infected already).

      I mean, there were Ghanan consulates in that list and all sorts. I think it's more a question of "what was vulnerable" when a particular date for a hacking spree was decided upon rather than any political message (although, sure, one of the hackers might have a motive, or they might look at certain websites first, etc.).

      And the age-old argument - Anonymous is not "any one person". It's not even a coherent group. Just about anybody that hacked a site and bothered to tell Anonymous would have been listed there because, by their own admission, they have no idea who their members are / are not and they have no "entry requirement" as such.

      It seems much more random to me. If you wanted to make a political statement, you could have gone for US presidential candidates or particular organisations and made the news. But obviously most of those places secure their stuff quite well.

      So we end up with PayPal (who are currently denying that anything happened, which I wouldn't be shocked about - there's been a lot of "didn't actually happen" hacks lately where people just post convincing lists of usernames as if they are hacked data), an antivirus vendor and an embassy in some African state.

      It's hardly targeted anarchy. It's more like "who left their window open?".

    • It was NBC in general [examiner.com], not SNL. Also, this may surprise you, but Anonymous is not generally known for having a conservative bias, given their extremely anti-authoritarian core moral values. And four years is an awful long time to remember something like that—did you think they were elephants or something? ;)
    • and, for some reason, the site of Saturday Night Live

      It's not broadcast here but 4 years ago it got media mention because of Tina Fey's Sarah Palin impersonation. Have they perhaps hurt the feelings of a particular candidate's supporters this time round?

      You're cute, with your attempts to ascribe rational motivations to an unruly group of monkeys.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        rational motivations to an unruly group of monkeys.

        Right - Sarah Palin was a Republican candidate - unruly groups of irrational monkeys consistently vote Democrat.

        BAZINGA!

    • by Dishevel (1105119)

      Hmm. Interesting and possibly true.
      OTOH.
      I would think that most of you techie, anti corp, end justifies the means people are the ones that applaud SNL for that.
      Could be wrong , but I think the odds are on my side.

  • Obviously this is the end of civilisation as we know it!
    • by NIK282000 (737852)

      I know, I just changed all my passwords because twitter said my account had been compromised, now I have to do it all again! A growing percentage of our waking lives will be consumed creating and changing passwords until that's all that any one does!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    You would think a company like Symantec would be able to protect themselves against hacking..? Jeez.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      They could but they stubbornly insist on using their own snaik oil.

  • by slashmojo (818930) on Monday November 05, 2012 @11:01AM (#41880401)

    by releasing user and employee data from paypal and others? So only us regular people actually suffer the consequences.. good move!

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      It's just random. They hack (or claim to hack) whatever low hanging fruit they can find (often using other peoples exploits) and then claim that they were targeted attacks. Why else would the supposed targets be so randomly assorted?

      • by Tharkkun (2605613)

        It's just random. They hack (or claim to hack) whatever low hanging fruit they can find (often using other peoples exploits) and then claim that they were targeted attacks. Why else would the supposed targets be so randomly assorted?

        They are desperate for attention. Their last two hacks turned out to be false. One more and they won't even be relevant anymore.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      There have been suggestions that Anonymous has been turned and will attack more or less anybody as long as they're from civilised countries. The lack of leadership means that technically savvy but young/naive hackers don't really question the targets they're given, meaning many of these sort of pointless attacks which prove/demonstrate nothing other than that a lot of badly defended sites exist.

  • by Nyder (754090)

    Think the paypal is a mistake, it's on the link to the imageshack & symanetc info, but no mention of it there.

    • Re:paypal? (Score:4, Interesting)

      by Cinder6 (894572) on Monday November 05, 2012 @12:28PM (#41881737)

      Here's [thehackernews.com] an article I found (by clicking through a few times from TFA). For those who don't want to read:

      However according to PayPal’s head of PR, they claim to be investigating the alleged hack, but so far they have stated that they are unable to validate any evidence that there has been a security breach which we can only take to be a good thing.

      They also say 28,000 accounts, which means the odds of an individual being hacked are very very low (considering there are over 110 million users). Even still, it's a good idea to change your password, at least.

  • and, for some reason, the site of Saturday Night Live

    So TFA thinks that Anonymous actually does things for solid and ponderable reasons, subject to logic ? Interesting...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 05, 2012 @11:17AM (#41880641)

    The VMware source is old and has been on Pirate Bay for six years. Nothing new there.

  • by nomad-9 (1423689) on Monday November 05, 2012 @11:31AM (#41880819)
    As for SNL, turns out that was an - Alcoholic - Anonymous who defaced their site. He had much to drink and thought it was a funny thing to do at the time.

    Now that he has sobered up, he can't even "Remember, Remember The Fifth of November".
  • by Anonymous Coward

    HTP (HackThePlanet) were responsible for ImageShack and Symantec: http://bin.par-anoia.net/?797d5dc59c69b7e5#lgN8gF9nPwZ+eFLKtVq7vfskyj6uatkrAB2VbsTfH54=

  • That's all it really is. A bunch of kids who think it's cool to throw bricks through store fronts; running around looking for a march to do it in.

This place just isn't big enough for all of us. We've got to find a way off this planet.

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