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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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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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