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Black & Berg CyberSecurity Consulting LLC were defaced by LulzSec today -- but they were happy about it. Turns out they were having a hacking contest.

A closeup of the photoshopped image that LulzSec posted to the defaced page. The group has refused the $10K cash prize promised by the security firm.
They just did it for the "lulz"

LulzSec ("Lulz Security") a group of skilled computer hackers/cyber-griefers have earned a reputation for controversy.  They took down parts of the computer network of famed hacker publication 2600, arbitrarily due to a feud with a single Dutch user.  They hacked PBS in what some argue was an attempt to subvert the new network's freedoms of speech and the press.  And they posted user names and plaintext passwords of elderly users (and others) from recent system intrusions [1][2][3] at Sony Corp. (TYO:6758).

But the group's latest effort is unlikely to create much controversy.  After all the affected party was asking for it-- literally.

LulzSec defaced the homepage of the "Cybersecurity For The 21st Century, Hacking Challenge" sponsored by Black & Berg Cybersecurity Consulting, LLC.  Black & Berg who do contract work for government agencies and private companies writes:
Change this website's homepage picture and win $10K and a position working with Senior Cybersecurity Advisor, Joe Black.

You can probably guess where this is going.  LulzSec altered the page background slightly and photoshopped their monocled mascot into the picture displayed on the page.  And amusingly they refused the cash prize stating:


Given that the group recently hacked a U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations affiliate, it's not terribly surprising that they wouldn't want to compromise their location by accepting a prize from a public contest.  As Admiral Ackbar would say, "It's a trap!" (Potentially, at least.) Perhaps they should have offered the prize in bitcoins.

Founder Joseph K. Black took to Twitter, posting praise for the group.  He writes:

Black & Berg Cybersecurity Consulting appreciate all the hard work that you're putting in. Your Hacking = Clients for us. Thx ~Joe

We've said it once, and we'll say it again -- for better or worse, we doubt this is the last we'll see of LulzSec.

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RE: funny how, but...
By icanhascpu on 6/8/2011 7:39:04 PM , Rating: 2
Because they are forcing people to write news stories about them, dumbass?


RE: funny how, but...
By Amedean on 6/8/11, Rating: -1
RE: funny how, but...
By icanhascpu on 6/8/2011 8:02:44 PM , Rating: 1

RE: funny how, but...
By B3an on 6/8/2011 9:02:38 PM , Rating: 2
He hid for roughly 10 years after the U.S spent billions trying to find him. Not exactly as great accomplishment. They were even looking for him before 9.11.
I dont think LulSec have anything to worry about.

RE: funny how, but...
By Farfignewton on 6/9/2011 1:08:27 AM , Rating: 3
It IS a great accomplishment. Finding people who will go to any lengths not to be found is not easy. The Atlanta Olympics bomber hid in our own backyard for five years.

Give me a handful of religious zealots and I could hide 10 years in the middle of the White House lawn.

RE: funny how, but...
By ekv on 6/9/2011 3:14:56 AM , Rating: 3
Give me a handful of religious zealots and I could hide 10 years in the middle of the White House lawn.
Even though I doubt it, if you've seen the way this president "swings" golf clubs -- if you can call it that -- you will want some very serious protection if you do try to hide there. Just sayin'

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