A bundle of new hack attacks across the web have left a collection of mega-corporations and US government snoops with their pants round their ankles and their back doors flapping in the wind.
The latest victims include FBI-affiliate InfraGard Atlanta, as well as Nintendo and Sony Europe,. Earlier, Acer Europe, Iran, NATO and the United Arab Emirates were also targeted.
The latest attackers appear to be LulzSec, Anonymous, the Pakistan Cyber Army and a Lebanese bloke named Idahc. These rag-tag geek armies are doing their best to lively up the web.
The Pakistan Cyber Army appears to have hacked a server belonging to Acer Europe, making off with information, which according to some evidence looks to be the details of some 40,000 customers, including names, addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and details of the Acer products they bought.
LulzSec, meanwhile, having posted up its collection of Iranian emails, turned its attention to the FBI, targeting an outfit named Infragard, specifically its Atlanta 'chapter'. The Infragard Atlanta website (opens in new tab) remains offline.
InfraGard is a shady US national security organisation, organised into chapters, rather like the Hells Angels, but this lot work alongside the FBI on a local basis. LulzSec said it leaked the chapter's user base. “We also took complete control over the site and defaced it," it said in a release on its web site (opens in new tab).
One InfraGard member Karim Hijazi, who according to LulzSec used the same password for vaious Gmail and other accounts, is CEO of security outfit Unveillance.
LulzSec said it had uncovered attempts by Unveillance and others to control the web in Libya. “The U.S. government is funding the CSFI to attack Libya's cyber infrastructure. You will find the emails of all 23 people involved in the emails," it said.
Hijazi hit back (opens in new tab) claiming that, over the last two weeks, "Unveillance, has been the target of a sophisticated group of hackers now identified as 'LulzSec.' During this two week period, I was personally contacted by several members of this group who made threats against me and my company to try to obtain money as well as to force me into revealing sensitive data about my botnet intelligence that would have put many other businesses, government agencies and individuals at risk of massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks."
Hijazi said he refused to pay off LulzSec or to supply them with access to this sensitive botnet information. He published part of an IRC log in which a Lulzer wrote: "The point is a very crude word: extortion... Let's just simplify: you have lots of money, we want more money."
LulzSec denied Hijazi's claims in a sweet missive posted here. (opens in new tab) The Lulzers then made a few allegations of their own:
"Greetings morons," they wrote.
"We're writing in response to your recent press statement, which, while blatantly trying to hide your incompetence, attempts to paint an ill-conceived picture on The Lulz Boat. To clarify, we were never going to extort anything from you. We were simply going to pressure you into a position where you could be willing to give us money for our silence, and then expose you publicly.
"Ironically, despite the fact that you A) claimed that you wouldn't do something like that, and B) foolishly got outsmarted yet again, we'd like to point out something that you did do: attempt to cooperate with mystery hackers in order to radically, and illegally, boost your company from the ground.
"Karim, founder of Unveillance, attempted from the start to work with us for his own gain, and he even offered us payment for certain "tasks". These tasks, hardly subtle at this point, were those of a malicious nature; destroying Karim's competitors through insider info and holes Karim would supply us.
"Karim also wanted us to help track "enemy" botnets and "enemy" botnet trackers. All in return for our silence and "mutual gain".
"While it's normal for him to try and cover up this embarrassment by putting all the focus back on us, we can, again, see past this primitive social engineering. Karim compromised his entire company and the personal lives of his colleagues, then attempted to silence us with promises of financial gain and mutual benefits.
"We don't need cleverly-crafted media spinning to cover up anything, we say it how it is, nice and loud: Karim is a giant f*ckwit that used the same password for all of his online accounts and all accounts linked to a company he owns. Then he tried to bargain with hackers so his company wouldn't crumble.
"Try harder, Karim. We're too smart for your silly games.
"To everyone else: stay safe, secure yourself, the Internet is a playground for people like us. We love you."
While all this was going on LulzSec also released a Nintendo configuration file, it has obtained. It said it was doing so to be nice. "We're not targeting Nintendo," The group twitted, "We like the N64 too much - we sincerely hope Nintendo plugs the gap. This is just for lulz.
In a statement Nintendo said: "This particular situation was a server configuration issue that we investigated and resolved a few weeks ago. The server contained no consumer information."
And, while we're rounding up a busy week, Lebanese hacker Idahc (opens in new tab)released phone numbers and e-mail addresses of 120 people he lifted from an e-commerce site owned by Sony Europe apps.pro.sony.eu. (opens in new tab)