Web sites serviced by DNS and hosting provider Go Daddy were down for most of today, but were back up later this afternoon. A hacker using the "Anonymous Own3r" Twitter account claimed credit for the outage.
"Things are restored," Go Daddy spokeswoman Elizabeth Driscoll told CNET just before 5 p.m. PT today. She said she did not have many details and was hoping to be able to give an update with more information in the next 24 hours.
In an interview this afternoon, Driscoll reiterated that she could not say what the cause of the … Read more
The mask has come off on at least one member of Anonymous.
The Guardian.com has published a lengthy profile of the group and Jake Davis, a Scottish teenager who used the handle "Topiary" and acted as one of Anonymous' spokesmen before he was arrested in July 2011.
The profile offers readers little that we didn't already know about the group, although the author does give us some nice glimpses of a few prominent members of Anonymous and the well-known splinter group LulzSec.
Davis is almost exactly the sort of person many critics of the group expected … Read more
The FBI said today that it does not know anything about a laptop that hackers say they compromised and that led them to millions of Apple iOS device user details, of which 1 million have been released on the Web.
"The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple UDIDs was exposed," said an FBI spokesperson. "At this time there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data." Before the statement was released the … Read more
A group of supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claimed responsibility today for hacking into and jamming several Swedish government Web sites, according to the Associated Press.
Initiating a denial-of-service attacks, the hacking group reportedly took down the Web sites of the Swedish government, armed forces, and the Swedish Institute for several hours.
According to the Associated Press, it isn't clear who was behind the attacks but an unidentified group announced responsibility on Twitter and told the Swedish government to take its "hands off Assange."
This is the second attack on government Web sites in Assange's … Read more
The online hacker group Anonymous says it has targeted several U.K. government Web sites for shutdown in an apparent show of solidarity for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has taken asylum in Ecuador's embassy in London to avoid arrest by British authorities.
The loosely knit hacktivist group claims to have launched distributed denial-of-service attacks against the U.K. Justice Department, as well as the British prime minister's Number 10 Web site and the Department of Work and Pension. Anonymous has dubbed the attack campaign as #OpFreeAssange on its Twitter feeds:
'Operation Free Assange': Anonymous take down UK'… Read more
Anonymous has promised to bring down its wrath on the Ukrainian government after authorities were said to have taken down the file-sharing site Demonoid last week.
"Last week, our generous green friend, the Demonoid, was met with a state sponsored Distributed Denial of Service attack...These illegal actions were then followed up with a raid by Ukraine authorities," the hacking group wrote in a blog post on AnonPR yesterday. "In retaliation for your criminal acts against us and the free flow of information, we have already begun an operation against those responsible. Lazers are already being fired.&… Read more
Anonymous' iconic logo was quietly trademarked in France in February, but now that Anonymous has found out, it's not going to take it lying down.
Twitter user Asher_Wolf picked up on the trademark application (PDF) yesterday, but the application was first filed with the Institut National De La Propriete Industrielle (INPI) in France on February 16 by Apollinaire Auffret from Early Flicker, encompassing both the Anonymous logo and slogan.
Early Flicker has an eBay store that appears to sell a variety of Anonymous-themed T-shirts. Following the revelation yesterday, Anonymous has responded via a YouTube video, and has promised distributed … Read more