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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:

DONE, THAT WAS EASY. KEEP YOUR MONEY WE DO IT FOR THE LULZ

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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Responsibility of press and other things
By garagetinkerer on 6/8/2011 7:43:54 PM , Rating: 5
Say it once and no one may believe you. Say it once more and there may be more. Repeat and then some more... this, is how propaganda works. You keep saying how Lulzsec is trying to curb, or is indeed curbing freedom of speech of Press. I do not agree with what Lulzsec did. They could have had posted something on their site or something, but who would care? Not many really... I know they erred, but what other choices do they have?

Truth is there's little or no responsibility borne by the media in general. Look at Iraq, where everyone was saying there are weapons of mass destruction. All this is in public domain, but available through not regular channels in media. You have to watch indie docs, some obscure website... Why isn't Fox, ABC, CNN, PBS or any one else asking questions? You know the answer... They want all the freedom, but nothing to do with responsibility with so much power. The behaviour of Press in general is questionable, and to say otherwise is dubious in nature. PBS came out with a documentary about how Bush administration did a bang up job handling the economic recession called "Inside the meltdown". I'm not saying that he could have done any better with the bunch of morons/ thugs assisting him "Capitalism, this that..." No sir, it is economics and a plain old democracy. Look at how UK's government saved all the public money invested. You know what, they're to make a profit for that matter. Propaganda sir, that's what did Bush administration in, in handling over $700 billion for nothing. Honestly most here would negate this opinion from me, but i'm just trying to bring to your attention that there are hard choices everyone has to make... I'm sure rating my post down isn't one such :D Then again... everybody errs.

Most of what is fed to us is by and large propaganda. Now not only the governments, there are also the corporations which are targeting us. Wikileaks is a necessary evil(to mostly governments/ corporates)... there are a lot of things that happen which remain obscured from our sights. It is only good for us commoners if there's a way to find out about things. Would you rather be a puppet, or would you take your destiny in your own hands? Sometimes you need an insider, and that guy (Bradley Manning) who actually was crucified for this all, is someone who we all would revere one day. Reminds me something... a large part of the world DOES revere a guy who was crucified (as they say in the book) for others.




RE: Responsibility of press and other things
By Etsp on 6/8/2011 11:05:14 PM , Rating: 5
I agree that the world (and the U.S. specifically) needs a site like wikileaks to keep the crooks (in the Military, Government, and private sector) in check. I disagree that wikileaks itself is the answer. I make no judgement on Julian RE: rape allegations; It's not unlikely that he is being framed after the way he made himself a target.

However, that does not mean that he is acting responsibly in how he is handling the release of sensitive data entrusted to him. Much of the information he leaked was not "This is wrong and people need to know about it" but more along the lines of "Releasing this will harm U.S. interests"

I very much believe that Julian is an anarchist, and I believe LulzSec are as well. Bradley Manning is not the hero of your movement. He did not see wrong-doing and decided to do something about it. He was upset about being passed over for promotion (among other things), and decided to strike out against the system by dissembling harmful and sensitive information.


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