Lulzsec, a well known hacking group managed to break into the Senate website at the weekend. US officials have ordered a security review into the incident to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Lulzsec are a high profile group of hackers who have previously targeted Nintendo, Sony and Fox News. An official for the Senate website said the hack was ‘inconvenient’ but said that the breach did not compromise the security of the staff. The files that were taken were posted online.
Officials are looking into the breach and analysing the other sites hosted on senate.gov. Senate Deputy Sergeant-at-Arms Martina Bradford said in a statement issued to the press “Specifically, there is no individual user account information on the server supporting senate.gov that could have been compromised.”
Lulzsec posted the files online saying “”We don’t like the US government very much. This is a small, just-for-kicks release of some internal data from Senate.gov – is this an act of war, gentlemen? Problem?”
The US government said that it is considering cyber attacks an ‘act of war’ and said they reserved the right to respond to attacks with conventional means if they were found to have been orchestrated by a nation state.
Kitguru says: Lulzsec challenging the US authorities.