US government officials have decided to perform a security review of websites hosted on Senate.gov server after it faced a cyber attack by hacker group LulzSec.
LulzSec had hacked into the server both for its own amusement and to showcase the network's weak security. It then posted some data online on its website to prove its hack had been successful.
“We don't like the US government very much. This is a small, just-for-kicks release of some internal data from Senate.gov - is this an act of war, gentlemen? Problem?,” the hacker group wrote.
According to an article on BBC News, Senate Deputy Sergeant-at-Arms Martina Bradford reported that the attack was discovered over the weekend and officials were conducting the security review of all the websites that were hosted on the compromised server.
“Specifically, there is no individual user account information on the server supporting senate.gov that could have been compromised,” Bradford said in a statement.
LulzSec has been responsible for hacking into Sony, Fox News, Nintendo and Bethesda in addition to the US Senate, though it has pointedly only done harm to targets that it says it doesn't like.
In other cases, including Bethesda and Nintendo, the hacks were essentially warnings that the companies were putting themselves at risk through weak security.