Another brand of white collar criminals have been making international news lately over the hacking of extremely high-profile security mainframes, such as Sony Pictures, the CIA, and the U.S. Senate, exposing gaping fractures in their systems. After felling the virtually nonexistent safety precautions, the computer specialists released over 1,000,000 email addresses and passwords along with bank account info, pushing the faces of these conglomerates in their own excrement and shaking their finger.
Mentioned briefly in Caffeine Powered’s mid-june installment of Press Start!, LulzSec, shorthand for Lulz Security, is a group of cyber-brainiacs that were able, quite effortlessly I might add, to weasel their way into the database. Finding that Sony, in particular, had left their user’s private information in raw text format (rtf) a freely readable extension without any sort of encryption in case of an attack made it no great task to release all of their client’s information costing them millions of dollars in business, lawsuits, etc.
The full story of LulzSec’s upsurge is located here for you to read. But for now let’s enjoy the fruits of their labor with a well-composed video, thanks to jorg piringer, presenting each of the 25727 passcodes in elegant, helevetica typeface. One password is displayed per single frame, that means when you see a password that lingers on the screen for more than a split-second, multiple people, sometimes even a couple hundred, were using the same password.
Hopefully the Lulz crew isn’t disbanded too soon by the powers that be. Check out their twitter for updated internet terrorism breakthroughs. Over the past few months they’ve bestowed upon us a healthy paranoia leaving citizens weary as to the trustworthiness of the companies that “watch over” our personal information. This video also acts as a visual wordbank of what not to make your password. You’ll have to excuse me, I’ve got to go change my login information from godisgood7 to sexi69.- Casper