LulzSec fields calls via hacking request line

The hacking group encourages people to call and request sites they want taken down.

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Hacking group LulzSec was touting a hotline yesterday that let people call in and request takedowns of Web sites.

"Call into 614-LulzSec and pick a target, and we'll obliterate it," LulzSec wrote on its Twitter account yesterday. "Nobody wants to mess with The Lulz Cannon--take aim for us Twitter."

The LulzSec hotline's area code encompasses the Columbus, Ohio, metropolitan area, though it's unlikely the people behind the organization are there. According to LulzSec, its hacking request line was lighted up all day, and it accommodated a total of eight requests. By the end of the day, it claims to have had 5,000 missed calls and 2,500 voicemails.

LulzSec's request line was part of a wider event it held yesterday called Titanic Takeover Tuesday. The group claims it attacked several sites yesterday, including Escapist Magazine, Eve Online, and League of Legends.

LulzSec has been gaining notoriety as of late, thanks to a slew of successful attacks against prominent Web sites. After attacking PBS last month and posting passwords on the Web, the group also claimed responsibility for attacks against Sony Pictures, Sony Music Japan, and other Sony organizations.

The group has been busy targeting Nintendo, Bethesda Software, and Infragard, a company that works closely with the FBI.

LulzSec has even dabbled in politics, attacking the U.S. Senate over the weekend and posting some information from its servers online. "We don't like the US government very much," LulzSec wrote following the Senate attack. "Their boats are weak, their lulz are low, and their sites aren't very secure."

Following the attack, the Senate's Office of the Sergeant at Arms said LulzSec wasn't able to access the government's "computer network and was only able to read and determine the directory structure of the files placed on Senate.gov."

LulzSec has made no mention whether it will continue to respond to requests from its phone line.