So far the "hacker group" has penetrated systems owned by Sony, PBS, the "FBI affiliate site" Infragard, security company (hah!) Unveillance and Nintendo, among others.Pwnage. It's what's for dinner. And breakfast.
They're bringing back Tupac and Biggie. They're advising Nintendo on more secure httpd configurations. And they're issuing funny press releases via Twitter and Pastebin.
So for the last ten years I've been working in media, trying to raise awareness of the idea that maybe, just maybe, using insecure computers to hold your secrets, conduct your commerce and run your infrastructure is a shitty idea.
No one who mattered listened. Executives think it's FUD. They honestly think that if they keep paying their annual AV subscriptions they'll be shielded by Mr. Norton's magic cloak.
Security types like LulzSec because they're proving what a mess we're in. They're pointing at the elephant in the room and saying "LOOK AT THE GIGANTIC FUCKING ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM ZOMG WHY CAN'T YOU SEE IT??? ITS TRUNK IS IN YR COFFEE FFS!!!"
There is no security, there will be no security.
At this point, I need to point out that I work in Internet Security, and have done so professionally since 1990 or so. I can't write something like this, at least not if I don't want people to start looking at me funny. But this is a very interesting article indeed. The world has become a very interesting place.
The goal of the techie community in 1990 was to create universal connectivity, where anybody could connect to anybody, all over the world. The goal of every CEO in the 1990s and the 2000s was to "go 'e'" - get their most strategic business processes Internet enabled. We succeeded.
Lord, forgive us.
Via an email from reader Derek, who has an eye for this sort of thing.